Study Says 1-Million Middle Class Jobs For People Without 4-Year Degree Are Unfilled

10:46 PM, Sep 19, 2012   |    comments
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Washington, D.C.--  A new study from Georgetown University says that there are 29-million jobs for people without four year degrees, and at least 1-million of them are unfilled.

The average salary is $42,000 a year and almost 40% of them pay salaries above $50,000.

Although these jobs don't require 4-year degrees, they do require some kind of training. This includes 2-year degrees, training, or post-secondary certificate.

Often times, those certifications can be earned at community or tech schools like GTCC.

"For technical programs, it's hard to keep them posted. There's so many different jobs coming in for so many of our graduates. The need for more students to supply that demand here locally is growing each year," said Dan Grigg a Career Advisor with Guilford Technical Community College.

The study says there is a market for middle-class jobs for workers without bachelors degree, but people need to be willing to get some kind of training to earn the middle-income salary.

Dan Grigg thinks that technical degrees are a good alternative for people who can't afford a four-year degree or who need to get into the work-place sooner. He also thinks the study is right on target. His students are getting 2-year degrees and then getting right to work.

Grigg added, "It teaches you hands on skills. You're actually learning a tangible skill that you can take with you in the work force so at times, there's some 4-year degrees that are very theoretical- based and it makes it harder for a student to determine where do I go next with my job."

The Georgetown University study found that the best jobs are in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and healthcare certificates, where over 80% of jobs pay middle class wages.

Read here: Highest Paying 2-Year Degree Jobs in the US

The study also showed that community or junior schools aren't as popular in the United States. That could be why these jobs are available. The United States ranks number 2 in the world for achieving bachelor's degrees. However, when it comes to 2-year degrees and certifications, we rank 16th.

News 2 also reached out to Forsyth Tech Community College. Their president, Dr. Gary Green reviewed the study and offered this statement:

The Georgetown University verifies the experience on the ground at places like Forsyth Tech -- that there are jobs for people who have the right skills, and that those skills can lead to the middle class. And the place to gain those skills is the community college, especially in difficult economic times, when people need accessible training and employers need the highly skill workforce that can keep them competitive. Our work at Forsyth Tech with students in fields like nursing and allied, health, advanced manufacturing, IT, and biotechnology is preparing them for the 29 million jobs cited in the study. One of the disappointing points in the study is the under-investment in community colleges nationally.

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