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College Graduates Lead National Job Growth Recovery, New Georgetown Study Finds

The job recovery that began in early 2010 has added 3.4 million jobs so far. Virtually all of those jobs required some form of postsecondary education. New data from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce confirms the best protection in an economic storm is a high-quality college degree, certificate or other credential. More »


A Decade Behind: Breaking Out of the Low-Skill Trap in the Southern Economy

A new report finds that jobs in southern states will grow by 20% over the next 8 years—3 points above the national average—but those jobs will largely consist of low-paying, low-skill jobs. Catching up with the rest of the nation will require increased postsecondary degree production and modernization of existing industries. The Georgetown Center report provides a state-by-state analysis of employment and education profiles to help guide the South out of the low-skill/low-wage equilibrium. More »


Hard Times: Not All College Degrees Are Created Equal

College is still worth the investment, but employment opportunities depend on a student’s major, concludes this report from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce.

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Career Clusters

A college education remains the best way to attain a middle-class job and wages, contends a report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. This report concludes that while decent jobs still exist for high-school graduates, there are not enough to go around. The report examines 16 industry “clusters” expected to offer the best prospects for employment. More »


The Midwest Challenge: Matching Jobs with Education in a Post-Recession Economy

Connecting education, training, and careers must become a priority to create, attain and maintain middle-class jobs in the Midwest, says this report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Future jobs in the region will be in high-skill service industries such as education and healthcare, and will require at least some postsecondary education and training beyond high school, the report states. More »

Report | Workforce Development

New report finds that 63 percent of associate degrees in STEM pay more than bachelor's degrees in non-STEM occupations

The report from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce finds that STEM jobs are the best-paying jobs for people at the sub-baccalaureate level. Yet a major conclusion of the report is that STEM jobs do not satisfy individual social and entrepreneurial interests resulting in STEM talent moving outside their respective fields, and leaving the U.S. without the necessary STEM workers to compete successfully in the global economy. Read the report »

Report | Education and the Economy

The College Payoff: The college degree-jobs link

College is worth the investment, especially in a weak economic climate, concludes a recent study from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. The College Payoff shows people with a bachelor’s degree earn 84 percent more over a lifetime than high school graduates. In 1999, the earnings premium was 75 percent. More »