Report suggests that economic imperative exists for college education
A new report issued by the nonprofit policy group CLASP indicates that adults who want to become competitive in the changing job market must seek out a college education as opportunities for people with degrees become more common.
The study surveyed job openings for people with and without degrees, and researchers found that demand for those with a college education is expected to rise by 16 percent through 2018. The number of opportunities for those without a college education, however, is set to remain the same.
Some states will experience this effect more strongly than others. In Maine, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio, the demand for college-educated workers will grow six times more quickly than that for high school graduates, while nearly half of all states will see a two- to threefold increase in this statistic.
Lastly, the report concludes that close to two-thirds of all jobs in the U.S. will require that applicants have at least some postsecondary education by 2018, indicating that people looking to enter the job market would be well-served by earning a degree.
According to its website, CLASP has worked since its founding in 1969 to improve the lives and employment opportunities of people in low-income brackets.
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