THE CASE FOR A POSTSECONDARY CREDENTIAL

A recent study, conducted by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, examined what happened in the job market between the beginning of the recession in 2008 and the beginning of 2016. During this time, the U.S. created 11.6 million new jobs. Of those, 11.5 million required some form of postsecondary credential.

Another significant finding is that, for the first time in American history, the largest share of American workers, about 38 percent, now hold a baccalaureate. That number is going to increase.

Many jobs that disappeared during the recession are not coming back. This study is consistent with a couple of other recent studies that point out some of the challenges that we face. This is the first generation of K-12 students who will need to commit to a lifetime of learning to keep their job skills up to date.

Two-thirds of jobs that will be in high demand a generation from now don’t exist today. We must completely revise the idea of how we provide education, how we educate our children, and how we prepare them for a workforce which will continue to turn over very quickly.

NUMBER OF JOBS GAINED NATIONALLY DURING THE FINANCIAL RECOVERY of 2010-2016

80K

Completing high school or less

3.1M

With an associate or associates degree or some college

8.4M

With a bachelor's degree or higher

80K

Completing high school or less

3.1M

With an associate or associates degree or some college

8.4M

With a bachelor's degree or higher

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