If individuals are to land the jobs of tomorrow, they are going to need to pursue higher levels of education today. This is the conclusion one could reach after reading a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
According to the report, there will be 55 million new job openings in the U.S. by 2020. Of these positions, 65 percent will require candidates to possess at least some education or training beyond a high school diploma.
For example, 7 million jobs will call for an associate's degree, 13 million positions will ask for a bachelor's degree and 6 million will require a graduate degree. Overall, a total of 26 million jobs will demand some form of higher education, while only 20 million will require a high school diploma or less.
The demand for higher levels of education will be especially high among some of the fastest growing occupations, which include those in the fields of education, health care, community services and STEM.
In addition to more education, job seekers' personality and skills are likely to play a role in their chances of getting hired. To get a sense of how they fare as far as potential employees go, these individuals may want to take an aptitude test.