Higher Education Levels Will Be Required for Most of Tomorrow's Jobs
A new joint survey from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Achieve shows that technical and educational requirements are rising across job categories.
"Today's tough job market means that many individuals are currently in jobs for which they have educational qualifications beyond those required for the position," said Jennifer Schramm, GPHR, manager of workplace trends and forecasting at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). "But this may not be the case down the line—education requirements are climbing for jobs across the board."
The responses of 4,695 HR professionals across nine industries and shows that:
"This survey reinforces the importance of having strong and responsive K-12 and postsecondary education systems that provide all students with the knowledge and skills they need to access, and succeed in, their careers of choice," said Sandy Boyd, senior vice president, strategic initiatives, Achieve. "It's clear that the world has changed and employers are demanding more from their new employees, and applicants, than ever before. All students deserve a meaningful and rigorous academic experience that will prepare them for all opportunities in life."
HR professionals responding to the survey say education and training can correct the job skills mismatch. Training includes post-secondary certificate programs, highly job-specific training and employer-sponsored professional development. Education includes training as well as bachelor's degrees, associate's degrees and advanced degrees.
What it means for workers and employers across the country is that, for example:
A breakdown of responses from HR professionals by the industry they work in shows that:
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world's largest association devoted to human resource management. Achieve is an independent, bipartisan, nonprofit education reform organization based in Washington D.C., that helps states raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments and strengthen accountability.