Reports

CEW explores the links between education, career preparation, and workplace demands. Our research focuses on jobs, skills, and equity with the goal of better aligning education and training with workforce and labor market demand.


A Decade Behind

In order for the South to get out of the low-skill low-wage trap, it will need to invest in education and postsecondary training to break the cycle. We provide projections of education and employment containing a state-by-state analysis of 17 southern states through 2020.

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Healthcare

In Healthcare, we provide detailed analysis and projections of healthcare fields, occupations, and their wages. In addition, we discuss the important skills and work values associated with healthcare fields and occupations. Finally, We analyze the implications of our findings for the racial, ethnic, and class diversity of the healthcare workforce in the coming decade.

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Certificates

Certificates are the fastest growing postsecondary credential, and second only to Bachelor’s degrees in the number earned each year. In this report, we provide a comprehensive analysis of the returns to certificates and who earns them.

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Hard Times 2012

In Hard Times, we argue that college remains the best alternative for young workers with one caveat: Not all majors are created equal. Some majors offer substantially better employment prospects than others.

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Career Clusters

In Career Clusters, we examine which sectors of the labor market afford individuals the best route to a middle class income. Using forecasts, we identify the most promising clusters for job seekers with a high school diploma or less, middle skills such as a certificate or Associate's degree, and those with Bachelor's degrees or better.

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STEM

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics workers are the source of growth and innovation, but meeting the economy's demand for these critical skills will be challenging.

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The Midwest Challenge

This report finds that the twelve Midwestern states are no longer dependent on manufacturing. New jobs in the region will be in high-skill service industries such as education and healthcare.

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The College Payoff

College pays off over a lifetime, but occupation, gender, race and ethnicity matter too. The College Payoff also details how some workers can make more than their better-educated counterparts.

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The Undereducated American

The United States has been under producing college-educated workers for 30 years, and is paying for it with increased income inequality.

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What’s It Worth?: The Economic Value of College Majors

This report details the relationships between major, gender, race/ethnicity, attending graduate school, and earnings.

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Help Wanted

Landmark report shows where the jobs will be, by education level, occupation and industry through 2018, and how postsecondary education is increasingly essential to middle class earnings.

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