Week 2: Post-Secondary Education for All
Once, “college for all” was the only way to achieve success. Now, there are many opportunities in the workforce, and a variety of ways to achieve them.
Did You Know?
There will be 55 million job openings in the economy through 2020: 24 million openings from newly created jobs and 31 million openings due to retiring baby boomers. (Source: Georgetown University, Center on Education and the Workforce)
- 33.36% of the job openings will require at least a bachelor’s or master's degree
- 30.51% of the job openings will require some college or an associates degree
- 36.13% of the job openings will not require education beyond high school
- Students collectively owe $1.5 trillion in student loan debt. The average student in the Class of 2016 has $37,172 in student loan debt. (Source: Forbes, 2018)
Middle-skill jobs are jobs that require some form of post-secondary education but not necessarily a four-year degree (Source: National Skills Coalition). They are in high demand in the Bay Area, and include web developers, computer support specialists, instrumentation workers, and water treatment operators.
- Middle-skill jobs make up the largest part of America’s and California’s labor market
- Between 2014-2024, 43% of job openings will be middle-skill jobs (Source: National Skills Coalition)
- In 2015, middle-skill jobs accounted for 50% of California’s labor market but only 39% of the state’s workers were trained to the middle-skill level (Source: National Skills Coalition)
High Wage, High Growth, High Demand Jobs
Jobs that are in demand in the Bay Area include the following:
The Two-Year Degree
According to the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, 65% of today’s jobs will require post-secondary education, but not all jobs require a four-year degree. In many instances, two-year degrees offer several benefits and access to jobs. They are available at the three community colleges within San Mateo County:
The Four-Year Degree
The role of the university is changing to provide a continuous form of learning. The US Department of Education reports that 60% will graduate within 6 years with a bachelor's degree.
California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
California State University
Harvard Business School
Georgetown University Center on Education and The Workforce
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Visit the San Mateo County Office of Education's website to find out more about CTE Awareness Month.