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Most Colorado jobs will require post secondary education by 2020

Published: February 5, 2014, 12:19 pm, by Carol McGraw

Seventy- four  percent of jobs in Colorado will require
post secondary education and training by 2020, according to a skills report  recently released by  the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
The report’s  executive summary says:
● Colorado is ranked third nationally in terms of the percentage of jobs requiring
postsecondary education or training for employment, thus highlighting the
critical importance of increasing the number of credentials awarded.
● The state unemployment rate is considerably lower for people who have a
postsecondary degrees than for those who have a high school degree or less.
This gap has continued to widen over the past
● In 2012, public institutions in Colorado awarded 49,739 certificates and
degrees, an 8.7 percent increase over the previous year. Since 2007,
postsecondary completions have grown an average of 5.6
percent annually.
● Colorado is on track to meet program completion needs in most Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) professions. However, for
certain STEM occupation categories, such as computer science, more credential
completions will be needed in order to meet projected demand.
● Overall, Colorado is not on track to produce enough physicians to meet future
healthcare needs. The state is likely meeting the demand for healthcare
support and practitioners overall at the mid
and bachelor’s degree level, such as medical assistants and
registered nurses.
To create this report, the Colorado Department of
Higher Education consulted with the Colorado Department of Labor and Empl
oyment, and the Department of Regulatory Agencies .
To see the entire report visit: