Opportunity Occupations: Well-Paying Jobs for Middle-Skill Workers
Abstract: Did you know that only 29.7 percent of Americans over the age of 25 have attained a four-year college degree? Given many policymakers' focus on increasing the share of individuals who attain a degree, that may sound like a surprisingly low number. It leaves a large group of American workers who do not have a four-year degree and lack the means or desire to obtain one in the current labor market. In fact, "middle-skill" Americans, defined as those who have obtained their high school diploma but not a four-year college degree, comprise some 57 percent of the country's total population of those over 25. That begs the question, what opportunities and decent-paying jobs exist for these workers? And how can workforce development policies and career education increase access to these positions?
JEL Classification: J21;
Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Part of Series: Workforce Currents
Publication Date: 2017-11-08