Education levels and job requirements (old)
The percentage of people ages 25-64 by education level in 2012 and the projected percentage of all jobs in 2020 that will require that level of education. Education levels in 2012 represent a 2008-2012 average. Projected education requirements for regions are based on state-level data for the state containing the region. In cases where a region covers more than one state, they reflect a regional job-weighted average of the projections for the covered states. No data is reported for demographic subgroups with insufficient sample sizes. For more information, see the data and methods document. | National Equity Atlas Data & Methods: Technical Documentation

United States

Current educational attainment and projected state/national-level job education requirements:

Do workers have the education needed for the jobs of the future?

Why it matters

America's future jobs will require ever-higher levels of skills and education, but our education and job training systems are not adequately preparing Latinos, African Americans, and other workers of color—who are growing as a share of the workforce—to succeed in the knowledge-driven economy. Closing wide and persistent racial gaps in educational attainment will be key to building a strong workforce that is prepared for the jobs of the future.

Grow an equitable economy: Policies to prepare workers for the jobs of the future

  • Create cradle-to-career pipelines for vulnerable youth and invest in universal pre-K
  • Reform harsh, “zero tolerance” school discipline policies to keep youth in school and on track to graduate
  • Implement sector-focused workforce training and placement programs that connect workers to good jobs
  • Align economic development and workforce policies and strategies to grow high-opportunity sectors that provide pathways for people without four-year degrees
  • Ensure access to higher education for immigrant students by providing in-state tuition rates regardless of their immigrant status and increasing access to financial aid or scholarships

Baltimore’s Biotech Training Program Connects High School Grads to High-Growth Careers

The Baltimore region is a national leader in biotechnology and medical research, which accounted for one third of new jobs over the last decade. But these jobs are oftentimes out of reach for people with less than a college degree. The BioTechnical Institute of Maryland, based in Baltimore, prepares low-income, mostly African American high school graduates for competitive careers in leading labs in the region. More than 75 percent of its 300 graduates have gotten jobs in laboratory settings, and roughly 40 percent of graduates have gone on to pursue advanced degrees. Read more.