The Center on Education and the Workforce strives to better articulate links between education, career preparation, and workplace demands. We conduct research in three core areas with the goal of better aligning education and training with workforce and labor market demand: jobs, skills, and people. To that end, we divide our research into the following:


Learning While Earning: The New Normal

Learning While Earning: The New Normal finds that over the last 25 years, more than 70 percent of college students have been working while enrolled.

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Hispanics: College Majors and Earnings

Which majors are popular for Hispanics around the country and what are their respective annual earnings? Majors are not perfectly aligned with occupations, but they do determine lifetime earnings. Today a college education is the gateway to the middle class. Hispanics who have not had access to economic resources over generations receive the most benefit from earning a Bachelor’s degree as their lifetime earnings increases.

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Good Jobs Are Back

Good Jobs Are Back: College Graduates Are First in Line analyzes the production of jobs since 2010 and defines the components of a good job. These jobs pay $53,000 or more and tend to be full-time with lucrative benefits such as retirement and healthcare. The study finds that of the 6.6 million jobs created since 2010, 2.9 million were good jobs. Only 100,000 of those jobs were filled by people with less than a Bachelor’s degree.

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The Economic Value of College Majors

The Economic Value of College Majors uses Census Data to analyze wages for 137 college majors to detail the most popular college majors, the majors that are most likely to lead to an advanced degree, and the economic benefit of earning an advanced degree by undergraduate major.

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The Economy Goes to College

The report analyzes long-terms changes in how goods and services are produced. The report finds that college-educated workers now produce more than half of the nation’s annual economic value.

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States Online College Job Market: Ranking the States

The report ranks the states by how many job openings there are per college-educated workers overall and within industries and career fields.

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Nursing: Supply and Demand through 2020

Nursing: Supply and Demand through 2020 analyzes the growing need for qualified nurses. The study projects that the economy will create 1.6 million job openings for nurses through 2020. Yet, there will not be enough nurses to fill those openings. We project the nursing workforce will be facing a shortfall of roughly 200,000 nursing professionals by 2020.

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From Hard Times to Better Times

In this third installment of Hard Times, we update our previous analyses of college majors, unemployment, and earnings over the Great Recession.

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College Is Just the Beginning

In College Is Just the Beginning: The Employer Role in the $1.1 Trillion Postsecondary Education and Training System, we analyze how much employers spend on training, what they spend their training dollars on, and how spending on formal employer-provided training varies by age, educational attainment, and industry sector.

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The Online College Labor Market

More than 80 percent of job openings for workers with a bachelor’s degree or higher are posted online. This report analyzes the demand for college talent in the job market by examining online job advertisements for college degree-holders by education, occupations, and industries.

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