The Skills Mismatch

The largest portion of jobs in the US require training beyond high school, but not a four-year degree. A majority of jobs (52%) require skills training beyond a high school, but not a four-year degree. But too few of America's workers — just 43% — have had access to the skills training necessary to fill these in-demand careers.

Without access to inclusive, high-quality skills training, workers are locked out of opportunities to succeed and local businesses can’t expand.

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A majority of jobs in the United States require skills training beyond high school, but not a four-year degree.

America's jobs by education requirement, 2018


High School Equivalency


Four Year Degree


Skills Training

Why skills training matters

Jobs that require skills training are the backbone of the American economy – and they include highly skilled, in-demand jobs in healthcare, medical technology, IT, software, trades like plumbing and electricity, and advanced manufacturing. But the lack of access to training and the resulting skills mismatch hurts workers, businesses, and the economy.

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