Nationally, the demand for high school jobs — jobs available to those with a high school diploma or less — will decrease from 41 percent of all jobs in 2008 to 37 percent of jobs in 2018. Yet going directly from high school to college is not possible for everyone. The key for students, workers, job counselors and educators will be knowing where to find opportunities across the full range of educational preparation to gain the skills needed to participate in the future workforce.
This report by the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce presents forecasts on job opportunities and skill requirements through 2018, broken down by the 16 Career and Technical Education (CTE) clusters by the Carl D. Perkins Act of 2006. Using these forecasts, the report identifies promising clusters for “High School,” “Middle Skill,” and “BA Plus” jobs. The report includes an accompanying State Data Report that highlights forecasted job totals and required education levels for each state.