Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Are you "middle skill"?

Middle skill workers are HS grads with less than a four-year degree.

A study in 2011 said in NY alone, there would be a million middle skill jobs.

The cause is the growth of the advanced manufacturing sector--where some advanced training is needed, but not a world-class STEM degree.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math.

Health care and transportation have middle skill openings.

Dental hygienists, electricians, and aircraft mechanics are other examples.

This may mean going after an "industry certification." Some 2-year colleges are crafting these. There is also some certification activity in the free online area.

I would say the economy is still sucking wind, despite a lot of phony posturing about turning a laser beam of effort on it. But I would also say all is not lost just because you don't have a 4-year college diploma.

Middle skill is still skilled.

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