OCCUPATIONAL TRENDS

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RESEARCH EXAMINES THE CREDENTIALS GAP

A data study by Burning Glass Technologies finds employers now requiring more workers in some middle skill occupations to have a bachelors degree even though skill requirements have not changed. This could have major implications for career ladders, applicant supply, and credentialing. (Burning Glass Careers in Focus, 2014)


WORKER CAREER PLANNING

Survey results show different perceptions of employer/employee responsibilities and how recommended practices can improve advancement and change. (Forbes Leadership blog 9/29/2014)


HEALTH CARE JOBS PROVIDING EXCELLENT CAREER LADDERS

A new study emphasizes the increasing mobility opportunities for lower skilled workers to move into better paying positions requiring higher education in this expanding industry. (USA Today, July 24, 2014).


STEM AND HEALTH CAREERS BEST

Four years after graduation, the highest salaries were experienced by those majoring in the engineering and computer science fields while health care majors had the lowest unemployment, according to a definitive government study. (USA Today, July 8, 2014).


JOBS IN MANUFACTURING

The manufacturing industry offers good employment opportunities and benefits in certain sectors for those with the right training according to a recent comprehensive study by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (Occupational Outlook Quarterly, summer 2014).


TRUCK DRIVERS IN DEMAND

New government limits on work hours and current drivers leaving the field have significantly increased hiring needs in this already high demand occupation. (USA Today May 27, 2014).


COMMUNITY COLLEGE OCCUPATIONAL DEGREE BETTER

The unemployment rate for community college graduates with a degree in an occupational field is better than those with a two year academic degree and much better than individuals with some college but no degree (New York Times, May 29, 2014).


COLLEGE GRADUATE UNDEREMPLOYMENT

The large number of recent graduates working in jobs not normally requiring a degree may indicate a long term slowdown in the need for such skilled workers. (Wall Street Journal May 24, 2014)


CONTRACT WORKERS INCREASING

The number of contract workers now exceeds 2 percent of the US workforce as employers consider production needs, workplace schedules and labor costs. This is another aspect of the growing contingent-worker trend. (Washington Examiner, May 19, 2014).


RETIREMENT CAREERS SERVING THOSE "AGING IN PLACE"

Recent retirees are finding self employment and part time jobs helping the elderly in such fields as financial planning, personal drivers, personal assistant, massage therapist, senior fitness trainer, nutritionist, transportation guide, handyman, and caterer. (New York Times, March 7, 2014).


NEW GOVERNMENT JOB FORECASTS.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics report for 2012-2022 expects sizable job openings for clerical, medical, food service, sales, transportation and education workers. Detailed information about labor force, industries, and specific occupations are shown. [Occupational Outlook Quarterly winter 2013].

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Occupational Trends

HEALTH CARE JOBS PROVIDING EXCELLENT CAREER LADDERS

A new study emphasizes the increasing mobility opportunities for lower skilled workers to move into better paying positions requiring higher education in this expanding industry. (USA Today, July 24, 2014).

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These briefs identify articles of national significance from reliable sources that can be accessed for further information. NCDA does not guarantee these briefs. Members may submit briefs - click here for the Submission Form. For submission questions or help accessing sources, contact Charles Lehman 
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