When is a Job Just a Job and When Can It Launch a Career?

This report from JFF, Lumina Foundation and Burning Glass Technologies examines the career advancement prospects of people entering middle-skill jobs. Drawing on an analysis of nearly 4 million resumes of middle-skill job seekers across the country, the report finds that different middle-skill jobs offer considerable differences in advancement potential and financial stability. To illustrate this finding, the report follows four fictional characters whose career trajectories represent typical experiences revealed by the research. A useful resource for stakeholders interested in promoting middle skill jobs with advancement potential, this report highlights the types of occupations that offer the strongest opportunities for financial stability and economic advancement.

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June 2018