Credentialing Evolves as Demand Grows for Middle-Skills Jobs
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
The economy that once provided good jobs for young workers with a high school education or less now favors workers with at least some education and training beyond high school. Whereas two out of three entry-level jobs in the industrial economy demanded a high school diploma or less, now two out of three jobs demand at least some education or training beyond high school.
New research from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce analyzes three pathways to good jobs: a high school diploma, a bachelor's degree, and the middle-skills pathway, which includes associate degrees, certificates, licenses, and some college coursework.