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Middle-Skills Learning Opportunities within SUNY. Jeff Livingston: The Most Neglected Skills. Watch Now. What are Middle-Skill jobs?. Jobs that require more than a high school education but less than a bachelor’s degree.

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what are middle skill jobs
What are Middle-Skill jobs?
  • Jobs that require more than a high school education but less than a bachelor’s degree.
  • Include occupations such as machinists, technicians and healthcare workers.
  • Account for nearly half of all current jobs in New York, and the majority of future job openings.
the forgotten middle
The Forgotten Middle
  • A growing gap between qualified middle-skill employees and middle-skill jobs.
  • There are approximately 4 million unfilled middle-skill jobs (Dimon, 2014).
  • In 2009, 46% of jobs in NYS were middle-skill (3.8 million workers)
  • Workers with two-year degrees in high demand occupations can earn salaries that surpass those of four-year degrees (Carnevale, Rose, & Cheah, 2011).
  • Two-year degree holders in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math) have greater lifetime earnings than four-year degree holders in most other career areas.
the college for all mentality
The “College-for-All” Mentality
  • “Encourages all students to plan on college, regardless of their past achievement” (Rosenbaum, 2001).
  • Pushes underprepared students toward a four-year college at the expense of vocational programs.
  • Has created an surplus of four-year college graduates that exceeds the number of college-level jobs available.
    • 35% of all four-year college graduates currently have jobs that require less than a college degree (Vedder, 2010).
    • 12 to 24 million U.S. jobs – most requiring middle-skills training – may go unfilled between now and 2020 (Gordon, 2009).
manpower group annual survey reveals top 10 hardest jobs to fill in the u s in 2013
Manpower Group Annual Survey revealstop 10 hardest jobs to fill in the U.S. in 2013:
  • Skilled Trades
  • Sales Representatives
  • Drivers
  • IT Staff
  • Accounting & Finance Staff
  • Engineers
  • Technicians
  • Management/Executives
  • Mechanics
  • Teachers

Carnevale, A. P., Rose, S. J., & Cheah, B. (2011). The college payoff: Education, occupations, lifetime earnings. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

Goodwin, B. (2012, April). Research says/don’t overlook middle-skill jobs. College, Careers, Citizenship, 69, 86-87.

Gordon, E. E. (2009, September). The future of jobs and careers. Techniques, 84(6), 28-31.

New York’s forgotten middle-skill jobs. (March, 2011). National Skills Coalition. Retrieved from http://www.fmsworkforcesolutions.org/Middle-Skills%20Jobs%20report%20(r).pdf

Rosenbaum, J. (2001). Beyond college for all: Career paths for the forgotten half. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Vedder, R. (2010, December). The great college degree scam [blog post]. Retrieved from Innovations: Insights and Commentary on Higher Education, Chronicle of Higher Education athttp://chronicle.com/blogs/innovations/the-great-college-degree-scam/28067