Reports

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:


Good Jobs that Pay without a BA

There are currently 30 million good jobs in the U.S. that pay well without a Bachelor’s degree (B.A.). These good jobs have a median salary of $55,000. This report shows that good jobs continue to grow, but they are changing from traditional blue-collar industries to skilled-services industries. A gain of 4 million good jobs in skilled-services industries, such as financial services and health services, has more than offset the 2.8 million good jobs lost in manufacturing.

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Major Matters Most: The Economic Value of Bachelor’s Degrees from The University of Texas System

This report finds that graduates from University of Texas System institutions out earn other bachelor’s degree holders not just in Texas but across the nation, demonstrating that a University of Texas education is a worthwhile investment in the future.

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Career Pathways: Five Ways to Connect College and Careers

Career Pathways: Five Ways to Connect College and Careers, calls for states to help students, their families, and employers unpack the meaning of postsecondary credentials and assess their value in the labor market.

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The 20% Solution: Selective Colleges Can Afford to Admit More Pell Grant Recipients

The nation’s most elite universities could enroll more low-income students without significantly hurting their graduation rates or budgets. If every college was required to have at least 20 percent Pell Grant recipients, more than 72,000 more Pell students would have to be admitted to 346 colleges and universities.

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America’s Divided Recovery: College Haves and Have-Nots

Over 95 percent of jobs created during the recovery have gone to college-educated workers, while those with a high school diploma or less are being left behind. This report reveals that those with at least some college education have captured 11.5 million of the 11.6 million jobs created during the recovery.

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African Americans: College Majors and Earnings

While college access has increased among African Americans, they are overrepresented in majors that lead to low-paying jobs. African Americans: College Majors and Earnings shows that African Americans, who represent 12 percent of the U.S. population, are underrepresented in the number of college majors associated with the fastest growing, highest-paying occupations.

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Pennsylvania: Degrees of Value

This report on Pennsylvania’s 14-university State System, which serves more than 100,000 students, shows a 10-percent increase in the number of Bachelor’s degrees awarded between 2009 and 2014. The analysis reveals that the majors leading to the highest earnings for college-educated workers in the state are in areas related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); health; and business—which together account for more than one-third of State System graduates.

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Six Million Missing Jobs

The Lingering Pain of the Great Recession shows that the effects of the Great Recession still linger in the form of 6.4 million jobs that were not created, including 3 million college jobs.

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Ranking Your College

Where You Go and What You Make provides students and families with a list of colleges with the highest earnings potential. The rankings correct for differences in earnings among the schools, including majors, student’s academic preparation before starting college and the likelihood of graduate degree attainment.

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Iowa: Education and Workforce Trends through 2025

By 2025, 68 percent of jobs in Iowa will require education and training beyond high school – 3 percentage points above the national average of 65 percent.

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Learning While Earning: The New Normal

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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Hispanos: Carreras Universitarias e Ingresos

Las carreras universitarias no están perfectamente vinculadas a las ocupaciones, pero sí determinan ingresos a lo largo de la vida. Hoy una educación universitaria es la puerta de entrada a la clase media. Los hispanos que no han tenido acceso a recursos económicos a través de generaciones reciben el mayor beneficio económico obteniendo una licenciatura, ya que sus ingresos a lo largo de la vida incrementan.

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Hispanics: College Majors and 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

College Graduates Are First in Line analyzes the production of jobs since 2010 and defines the components of a good job.

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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.

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The Economy Goes to College

This report analyzes long-term changes in how goods and services are produced.

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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

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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