According to a new analysis by USA Today, more than 2.5 million new middle-skill jobs will be added to the workforce by 2017, accounting for almost 40% of job growth.
Middle-skill jobs — like electricians, pipefitters, and food industry technicians — require training past high school, but not a four-year college degree. Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, commented: “There’s a new middle. It’s tougher, and takes more skill.”
To help prepare the workforce for these positions, companies in many industries are banding together and partnering with schools to provide education and training programs.