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CAREERS for a Changing Workforce. Sandra Mol Director, Workforce Development March, 2008. Local High Growth Careers . Construction Healthcare Transportation, Warehouse, Logistics Manufacturing. CONSTRUCTION. Construction.

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CAREERS for a Changing Workforce

Sandra Mol

Director, Workforce Development

March, 2008

Local High Growth Careers

  • Construction

  • Healthcare

  • Transportation, Warehouse, Logistics

  • Manufacturing



  • The construction industry is predicted to add approximately 1 million new jobs between 2002 and 2012, an increase of 15%. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  • With total employment expected to reach 7.8 million by 2012, the construction industry is predicted to be among the economy's top 10 largest sources of job growth. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  • Construction has a very large number of self-employed workers. Opportunities for workers to form their own firms are better in construction than in many other industries. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  • Projected employment growth between 2002 and 2012 is substantial for a wide range of construction-related occupations, such as:

    Electricians: 154,000 new jobs

    Carpenters: 122,000 new jobs

    Construction managers: 47,000 new jobs (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Construction-2014 OutlookCareer Annual Openings Median Wage

  • Carpenters56,741$51,950

  • Electricians32,982$57,227

  • Plumbers24,314$64,832

  • Brickmasons10,347$59,293

  • Iron Workers4,396$64,930

  • Drywall Tilers4006$47,104

  • Surveyors1,552$47,649

Education & Training

  • A high school diploma is required. Skilled craft-workers learn their trades either through apprenticeship programs sponsored by local trade unions.

  • Apprenticeships last two-five years.

  • Secondary or postsecondary courses in shop, mathematics, mechanical drawing, and blueprint reading are good preparation.

  • JJC Construction Trade Operator Program

NEW- JJC/TOP Building Workers, Constructing Lives Certificate

  • Construction Fundamentals – Basic Construction & Math skills

  • Blueprint Reading

  • Introduction to Engineering Graphics – Spatial skills

  • Physical Fitness

  • General Student Development - Orientation to College Experience

  • Construction Trades & Careers – introduction to different trades

  • Construction Career Development – Resume and Interviewing Skills

  • Site Visits- various types of construction and trades

  • Technical Math

  • 10-Hour OSHA Safety

Construction Grant Contact Information

Paige Vanderhyden

Workforce Skills Manager



Maria Rafac

AEC, Assistant Professor




  • The health care industry is predicted to add nearly 3.5 million new jobs between 2002 and 2012, an increase of 30%. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  • From 2002-2012, 10 of the 20 fastest growing occupations are concentrated in health services. These positions include medical assistants (59% growth), physician assistants (49% growth), home health aides (48% growth), and medical records and health information technicians (47% growth). (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  • Projected rates of employment growth for the various segments of the industry range from 12.8% in hospitals, the largest and slowest-growing industry segment, to 55.8% in the much smaller home health care services. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Healthcare-2014 OutlookCareerAnnual OpeningsMedian Wage

  • Registered Nurse119,357$52,384

  • Nurses Aide68,407$20,351

  • LPN25,951$35,677

  • Home Health Aide25,869$20,280

  • Dental Assistant16,782$29,927

  • Pharmacists14,676$88,718

  • EMT/Paramedic13,544$26,769

Healthcare-2014 OutlookCareerAnnual OpeningsMedian Wage

  • Pharmacy Tech13,501$23,665

  • Medical Assistant10,484$45,203

  • Medical Records10,046$25,875

  • Medical & Health

    Services Managers10,045$65,537

Registered Nurse



Home Health

Dental Assistant



Medical Assistant

Medical Records

Medical & Health Services Managers

(no training required)

Pharmacy Tech

Training & licensure or credential required

Medical Assistant Open House


March 17, 2008 10:00am – 11:30am


April 7, 2008 6:00pm – 7:30pm


Joliet Junior College

City Center Campus

214 North Ottawa

Room 216

Joliet, IL 60434


Renee Bettes-Barnes


Transportation, Warehouse, Logistics (TWL)

Transportation, Warehouse, Logistics (TWL)

  • The transportation industry is very global in nature and its growth has been spurred by the increased adoption of new technologies that allow time-specific delivery and electronic tracking of cargo. (Hoover’s Online)

  • Employment in the transportation industry is expected to increase from 4,205,000 jobs in 2002 to 5,120,000 jobs in 2012, an increase of 914,000 jobs. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  • Between 2002 and 2012 there will be substantial employment opportunities in a wide range of transportation-related occupations, such as:

  • Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer: 337,000 new jobs • Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists: 38,000 new jobs

  • Railroad conductors and yardmasters: 10,000 job openings (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

TWL-2014 OutlookCareerAnnual OpeningsMedian Wage

  • Laborers 171,683$20,718

    & Material Movers

  • Truck Drivers (heavy) 85,661$38,782

  • Truck Drivers (light) 50,110$29,030

  • Shipping & 35,252$26,255

    Receiving Clerks

  • Automotive Tech38,120$40,420

TWL-2014 OutlookCareerAnnual OpeningsMedian Wage

  • Bus & Truck10,852$ 40,715


  • Dispatchers6,857$ 34,396

  • Pilots7,293$146,994

  • TWL Managers4,901$ 71,157

  • Aircraft Mechanics2,764$ 54,557

    & Technicians

TWL Education & Training Recommendations

  • High School Diploma Required

  • Courses in electronics

  • Formal training, licensure, or OJT required (except for shipping clerk)



  • The manufacturing sector continues to account for 14% of U.S. GDP and 11% of total U.S. employment. Moreover, manufacturing firms fund 60% of the $193 billion that the U.S. private sector invests annually in research and development. (U.S. Department of Commerce)

  • Manufacturing salaries and benefits average $54,000, higher than the average for the total private sector. Two factors in particular attract workers to manufacturing: higher pay and benefits, and opportunities for advanced education and training. (National Association of Manufacturers)

  • A 2003 survey of U.S. manufacturing employers found that 80% of respondents said that they had a serious problem finding qualified candidates for the highly technical world of modern manufacturing. (National Association of Manufacturers)

Manufacturing-2014 OutlookCareerAnnual OpeningsMedian Wage

  • Maintenance &57,919$36,858


  • Supervisors (prod)33,597$49,972

  • Industrial Truck30,679$28,934


  • Supervisors (mech) 20,794$58,524

  • Welders14,545$32,431

Manufacturing-2014 OutlookCareerAnnual OpeningsMedian Wage

  • Electrical/8,944$23,575

    Electronic Repairers

  • Industrial Mechanic7,664$41,160

  • Machinists22,611$33,368

  • Cutting, Punch, 12,412$24,195

    Press, Setters,

    Operators, Tenders

Manufacturing-2014 OutlookCareerAnnual OpeningsMedian Wage

  • Computer 9,039$32,995

    Controlled Machine


Education and Training

  • High School diploma

  • Associate degree recommended

  • Some on-the-job

  • Certifications (welding)

  • Technical classes-machine shop, math, physics, drafting


The changing workforce

Between 1990 and 2025 the annual labor force growth rate will plummet from 11.9% a year to 0.2% a year.

  • Boomers retire

  • Few new entrants

  • Increase knowledge job

  • Increase in workforce diversity

….changing workforce

  • 80 million Baby Boomers – 10,000 retire daily

  • 50% RNs will retire by 2015

  • Average age of construction worker is mid-50’s

  • 31% of federal government workers are eligible to retire

  • 40% manufacturing workforce expected to retire by 2015

….changing workforce

  • More that 70% of the workforce must be retrained to keep jobs they have

  • In the near future about 80% of jobs will require some sort of post-secondary education

  • 61% of these will require more than a high school education but less than a bachelor’s degree

  • 97% of young people hop to go to college, 63% actually enroll, but only 30 % receive a bachelor’s degree.

    Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Workforce & Education Challenges

  • In 2005 in both math and science, fewer that 2/5 of U.S. 4th and 8th grade students performed at or above a proficient level.

  • U.S. 15 year-olds ranked 24th out of 39 countries that participated in a 2003 exam, which assessed students ability to apply math concepts to real world problems.

  • Approximately ½ of math and 1/5 of science teachers in grades 7-12 lack post secondary major or minor in those subject matters.

  • By 2010, nearly 30% of our nation’s public school teachers will retire.

…workforce & education challenges

  • American youth spend more time watching television than in school.

  • 66% of U.S. students in grades 1-12 read below grade level.

  • Only about ½ of Illinois high school students have the requisite math and science skills necessary for postsecondary education or jobs in the emerging economy.

  • One in five Americans speaks a language other than English (Spanish, Chinese, Russian).

Workforce Information Website

Thank You!

Sandy Mol


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