SHRM-Achieve Joint Survey: Higher Education Levels Will Be Required For Most of Tomorrow's Jobs
Alexandria, Va. – October 3, 2012 – A new joint survey from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)  and Achieve  shows that technical and educational requirements are rising across job categories.
"Today's tough job market means that many individuals are currently in jobs for which they have educational qualifications beyond those required for the position,” said Jennifer Schramm, GPHR, manager of workplace trends and forecasting at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). "But this may not be the case down the line - education requirements are climbing for jobs across the board."
The responses of 4,695 HR professionals across nine industries and shows that:
The survey was released today during SHRM’s annual strategy conference being held in Palm Springs, California and attended by more than 500 HR executives.
"This survey reinforces the importance of having strong K-12 and postsecondary education systems that provide all students with the knowledge and skills they need to access, and succeed in the careers of their choice," said Sandy Boyd, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Achieve. "It's clear that the world has changed and employers are demanding more education and skills from employees than ever before. All students deserve a meaningful and rigorous academic experience that will prepare them for college, careers and life."
HR professionals responding to the survey say education and training can correct the job skills mismatch. Training includes post-secondary certificate programs, highly job-specific training, and employer-sponsored professional development. Education includes training as well as bachelor's degrees, associate’s degrees, and advanced degrees.
What it means for workers and employers across the country is that, for example:
A breakdown of responses from HR professionals by the industry they work in shows that:
To read the full survey findings go to www.shrm.org/surveys .
To read Achieve's summary report, "The Future of the U.S. Workforce: A Survey of Hiring Practices Across Industries,” click: www.achieve.org/Achieve-SHRM-Survey .
The 4,695 responses are from randomly selected SHRM members who are HR professionals.
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