2020 Jobs Outlook Released, New Partnerships To Emerge

“In terms of developing a pathway to a good career, this report is golden” 
Angie Taylor, Vice President, Workforce Solutions at Gateway Community and Technical College (Cincinnati Enquirer, August 10, 2012)

The Strive Partnership joined Partners for a Competitive Workforce, Agenda 360, and Vision 2015 to produce a 2020 Jobs Outlook to forecast job growth, replacement needs, openings, wages, and the education and training required for more than 800 occupations throughout our region. The Center for Economic Analysis and Development at Northern Kentucky University and the Institute for Policy and Research at the University of Cincinnati produced the forecasts for the report using new Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

The Strive Partnership supported this work so that our education partners had greater access to the data they need to develop the curriculum, programming and coursework that is increasingly aligned with what employers need now and in the future. 

Here are the key observations from the report:

1. The Cincinnati region is projected to grow, and remain one of the largest economies of our competitor regions.  We are projected to have 338,632 job openings through 2020, 69% of which are due to replacement needs.
2. Occupations related to healthcare, education, business, finance, and technology are the fastest growing and best paying.  Production, Construction, and Installation, Maintenance, and Repair occupations are also projected to grow and offer strong wages. 
3. Education or training beyond high school is required for well-paying jobs.  Among jobs paying above the median wage, 9 out of 10 will require some combination of post-secondary education, on-the-job training, and/or work experience beyond one year.

Please visit www.regional-indicators.org for more information about the 2020 Jobs Outlook project.  Here are some quick links to additional resources: 
The 2020 Jobs Outlook can be used as tool for universities and colleges to develop curricula that addresses the growing in-demand professions throughout the region.