Jobs Requiring Education, Training and Experience Will See Most Growth

October 31, 2016


Jobs that require workers to have average to above-average levels of education, training and experience are expected to grow by 7.9 percent between 2014 and 2024. This represents nearly 6 million of the 9.7 million jobs predicted to be added over that time, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A new report from Pew Research Center says that jobs requiring below-average preparation, on the other hand, are projected to grow by 5.1 percent — the equivalent of about 3.7 million jobs.

Positions that require average to above-average levels of social skills — which Pew defines as encompassing interpersonal, communication and management skills — are projected to grow by 8.1 percent, versus 4.4 percent growth for occupations requiring below-average levels of those skills.

The strongest employment growth is forecast for lower-paying occupations that require below-average preparation but higher levels of social and physical skills, such as orderlies, home health aides and bartenders.

In general, occupations that require less education, training or experience are expected to grow the least, and many such jobs are vulnerable to automation. Strongest growth is foreseen for mathematics-oriented jobs, which are expected to grow by 28 percent.

Health care and information technology are also sectors that are poised for strong growth. Occupations requiring a bachelor’s degree or higher accounted for less than a quarter of all jobs in 2014 but, collectively, such employment is expected to grow by 8.8 percent over the next decade. — Greg Beaubien


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