Idaho Jobs Require Post-High School Education

Why does it matter that Congress has failed to stop a student loan interest rate hike? Here’s one reason: By 2020, 68 percent of Idaho jobs will require formal education beyond high school.

Right now, Idaho estimates that 35% of Idahoans have post-high school degrees.

Along with failing at the national level, Idaho’s GOP-controlled state has ignored recommendations made in 2012 by the Idaho Office of Performance and Evaluations. That report says that the Legislature should support more need-based scholarships to make college and vocational programs more affordable.

Idaho GOP leaders have failed. Idaho Democrats will do the work we need to now so our children and businesses succeed tomorrow.

Study: Idaho Workers Need Even More Education After High School

Boise State Public Radio
By Adam Cotterell

Nearly 290,000 new jobs will open in Idaho over the next seven years. That’s from a study released Wednesday by Georgetown University’s Center for Education and the Workforce.

Here are some highlights of Georgetown’s predictions for 2020:

867,000 total jobs, a 22 percent expansion from 2010 (national average, 17 percent)
289,000 new job openings. 158,000 newly created and 131,000 from retirement.
Fastest growing industries: education services followed by finance and insurance.
Fastest growing occupations: healthcare support, healthcare professional and technical positions, community services and the arts.
Blue color jobs will see modest (14 percent) growth with no growth projected for construction.
Government will continue to be the industry with the largest employment at approximately 109,000 jobs.
Highest ‘stock of employment’ in sales and office support at 226,000 jobs.

Perhaps the most significant number in the report for Idaho is the prediction that 68 percent of all jobs in the state will require formal education after high school by 2020. A few years ago, Georgetown researchers said 61 percent of Idaho jobs would require post high school education by 2018. That was below the national average.

In this new study, Idaho jumps above the national average. Report co-author Nicole Smith says Idaho’s need for education is growing faster than most states.

“But certainly not faster than the District of Columbia, Minnesota, Colorado, Massachusetts and North Dakota,” Smith says.

What’s happening in those states and Idaho is just an accelerated version of what’s happening nationally; the jobs growing fastest require formal training after high school. ….

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