Here’re some interesting stats from Steven Walters
“Almost a third—17 million out of 55 million—of new job openings between 2010 and 2020 are going to require middle skills, as baby boomers retire and new jobs are created.”
And those jobs pay better than bartending or retail sales, Carnevale noted.
“Middle-skill jobs are also important because they often pay middle-class wages. For example, 62 percent of middle-skill jobs pay $35,000 or more per year and 14 percent pay $75,000 or more. What’s even more striking is that middle-skill jobs can pay more than jobs for workers with bachelor’s degrees.
“For instance, 31 percent of entry-level associate-degree jobs and 27 percent of jobs requiring some form of licensure or certification pay more than entry-level BA positions.”