Presents data on anticipated job opportunities and skill requirements through 2018 arranged by the 16 career and technical education (CTE) career clusters in the Carl D. Perkins Act of 2006.
“This report presented data on job opportunities and skill requirements through 2018 arranged by the 16 career and technical education (CTE) career clusters in the Carl D. Perkins Act of 2006 (Perkins IV). These skill requirements reflected the length and extent of education and training required for the job. [The report authors] detailed changes in education requirements by cluster and showed that the demand for postsecondary education will increase from 59 to 63 percent of all jobs by 2018. [The authors] identified the best clusters for those with only a high school diploma, some college/no degree, an Associate’s degree, and a Bachelor’s degree or better based on demand for and the earnings potential of occupations within those clusters” (p. 10). (Abstractor: Author)

Major Findings & Recommendations

• “Jobs for workers with only a high school diploma or less than high school still exist but are quickly declining” (p.10). • “Workers with postsecondary middle skills (some college/no degree or an Associate’s degree) comprise 29 percent of all job openings by 2018” (p.11). • “A Bachelor’s degree or better guarantees access to all career clusters” (p.11). • “The fastest growing clusters have the highest concentration of postsecondary workers” (p.12). • “Although oldline Manufacturing continues to decline in employment totals, job openings will arise from baby boom retirements” (p.12). • “Many of the larger clusters grow slowly and do not pay a living wage” (p.13). • “Inclusion of certifications-preparation should be part of career-ready education” (p.13). (Abstractor: Author)