Education and Employment: A Comparison by Industry

As many job seekers continue to struggle to find employment opportunities in 2013, the debate over the value of a college education continues.

While some have begun to question whether or not education and employment fit together, we cannot forget this fact: When it comes to applying, interviewing and being hired, more often than not, employers require candidates to have some level of college education.

Education and Employment Opportunities 

As a way to advance the conversation, we compiled the most commonly required levels of education for 21 separate industries (see chart). The data reflects more than 11.5 million online job postings from 2012 and illustrates the percentage of job available nationwide within each industry, based on the education of the job seeker.

Education Requirements By Industry

While the level of education required by employers varies among industries, 65 percent of job openings across all industries required candidates to have earned at least an Associate’s degree.

However, while an Associate’s degree can provide you with additional employment opportunities over a high school graduate, taking the time to earn a Bachelor’s degree dramatically increases your ability to pursue more stable and often higher-paying career opportunities.  

Education Gap

So if the data suggests that there are more opportunities available to those with more education, why are employers still struggling to find candidates that possess the skills they need?

The answer is that the demand for educated employees far outweighs the supply. And because of this “education gap” the unemployment rate has remained stagnant.

Due to this need for educated workers, it only becomes more critical that job seekers embrace one simple fact: Education and employment go hand in hand. 

By realizing this early in your career, you can decide which level of education will provide you with the most opportunities to develop a career in an area that most interests you.

For more information about the industries included in our chart, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Grant works for Collegis education and writes student-focused articles on behalf of Rasmussen College. He aims to inspire, motivate and inform current and prospective students.

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