Posted on 11/14/2017 at 02:24 PM by Liz Determan

Metrics That Matter:  A Report from Future Ready

2017 Talent Scorecard (Part 1)


This report provides the reader with the concerns and goals established by Future Ready Iowa.  This will provide brief excerpts from the report that will hopefully trigger your interest in downloading the report and using it with your students in your programs or career information and exploration programs.  


The first goal:  70% of Iowa’s workforce ages 25 to 64 will have education or training beyond high school by 2025.  It is anticipated that Iowa will need 127,700 workers with credentials beyond high school.


Iowa’s Top High-Demand Jobs

“By 2025, 68% of all jobs in Iowa will require education or training beyond high school, according the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.  In fact, virtually all of Iowa’s top high-demand jobs with projected growth through 2025 require training or education beyond high school.  High-demand jobs are defined as those that pay at or above the statewide entry-level median hourly wage of $16 per hour (state average wage), typically require more than a high school education, and have the highest percent growth or projected annual openings in the next 10 years.


Iowa’s Top Career Paths in high-demand by percent of growth and annual openings with an associate degree or postsecondary credential include Wind Turbine Service Technicians, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapist Assistants, Web Developers, Computer Systems Analysts, Registered Nurses, General & Operations Managers, Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, Business Operations Specialists, Electricians, and Industrial Machinery Mechanic.  


What do you notice about these jobs?  Look at the report to see other high demand jobs requiring either a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or professional degree. (continued next month)


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