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Education Requirements for the Jobs of Tomorrow

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

By Mary Shumway
State Director of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
Utah State Office of Education

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released occupational projections for 2012-2022. (You can see the Overview of projections to 2022 in the Monthly Labor Review, December 2013.) The BLS publishes outlook data for a total of 818 occupations, and reports that four occupational groups will likely account for about one-third of the total employment growth. They are: Healthcare, Healthcare support, Construction, and Personal Care.

Occupational projections are just a part of the information developed by the BLS. BLS information of particular interest to students is the education level typically required in order to enter an occupation. BLS analysts assign an education level for each occupation, based on what is typically needed to get that first job – from “less than high school,” to “doctoral or professional degree.” However, the BLS complements the education level with information about work experience and on-the-job training. As most any experienced worker will tell you, being on the job is critical to achieving full competency in almost any occupation. Today’s emphasis on “stackablecredentials” and “lifelong learning” reflects that reality. “Credentials” refer to various forms of validation of skills and knowledge – such as diplomas, certificates and licenses – often pursued as workers come to understand ways of advancing in their careers. “Stackable” describes the way these credentials are often achieved – one stacked on top of another. Stackable credentials, education, experience, and training are all parts of lifelong learning, and your career success will depend on it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The education level assignments made by BLS analysts are reflected in the most commonly-used career information systems, including UtahFutures. It helps you know what education you’ll need to start in an occupation of your choice, but lifelong learning ensures that’s not where your career ends.

U.S. Occupational Projections for 2012-2022

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

It takes intense analysis of a vast amount of information, but every other year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) publishes occupational projections for successive 10-year periods of time. BLS shares their view of how employment is expected to change between 2012 and 2022 in the most recent edition of the Occupational Outlook Quarterly. Highlighted below are lists featuring “top ten” occupations by education level, based on projected job openings. Be aware that the education level reflects assignments made by job analysts based on what is minimally required to enter an occupation. For any occupation of high interest, you should gather information to help you get the big picture –e.g., related training and experience often needed in addition to education in order to get that first job and to advance, earnings information, as well as factors that help you see how the occupation matches your interests, values and other personal characteristics.

Top Ten Occupations by Education Level Based on Projected Job Openings 2012-2022 (Linked to Page for Related CTE Area of Study

High School Diploma
Customer Service Representative
Office Clerk
Secretaries/Admin Assistant
Childcare Worker
Supervisor of Office Workers
Sales Representatives
Receptionist
Maintenance & Repair Worker
Bookkeeping Clerk
Supervisor of Food Prep Workers

Associate Degree or Postsecondary Non-Degree
Registered Nurse
Nursing Assistant
Truck Driver
Licensed Practical Nurse
Medical Assistant
Hairdresser/Cosmetologist
Preschool Teacher
Dental Assistant
HVAC Mechanic/Installer
EMT/Paramedic

Bachelor’s Degree
General Operations Manager
Accountants/Auditors
Elementary School Teachers
Management Analysts
Software Developer
Middle School Teacher
Computer Systems Analyst
Market Research Analyst
Construction Manager
Health Services Manager