The US Skills Mismatch

Jobs that require education and training that fall between a high school diploma and a four-year degree are the backbone of the American economy, and they depend on a skilled workforce to fill them.

In our country, 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.

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

US jobs by education requirement, 2018


High School Equivalency


Four-Year Degree


Skills Training

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