CEW Publications

Good Jobs That Pay without a BA: A State-by-State Analysis

The state-level analysis report shows that between 1991 and 2015 most states gained good jobs that pay without a BA and nearly half of all states added good jobs in blue-collar industries. The rise of skilled-service industries, such as financial services and health services, has also added good jobs. Strengthening the connection between school and work is crucial to preparing workers for the demands of good jobs in the new economy.

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States Online College Job Market: Ranking the States

This report analyzes the online college labor market on a state-by-state basis. We examine the geographic distribution of online job ads for college graduates within industries and occupational clusters, and compare the relative strength of the online college labor market across states.

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Recovery- Job Growth And Education Requirements Through 2020

Projections of jobs and education requirements through 2020. This report shows where the jobs will be by education level, occupation and industry. Recovery 2020 is an update to our Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018.

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By 2020, 1 out of every 5 dollars will be spent on healthcare in the U.S. In this report, we project 5.6 million jobs in the healthcare sector by 2020, 82% of which will require postsecondary education.

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Career Clusters

This report presents data on job opportunities and skill requirements through 2018 arranged by the 16 career and technical education (CTE) career clusters in the Carl D. Perkins Act of 2006.

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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

While the economy continues to transition from a production-based economy to a services-based economy, manufacturing and agricultural employment in the Midwest will continue to decline. However, Midwestern states are no longer solely dependent on these industries. New jobs in the region will be in high-skill service industries such as education and healthcare. These new jobs will require at least some postsecondary education and training beyond high school.

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Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018

This 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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Median earnings for architecture majors are $2,000 higher in Missouri than in the U.S. as a whole.

Missouri 69k
National 67k