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Posted: October 06, 2016

Top job openings will require certifications, college degrees

A new study looks at what jobs will become available in our state in the next five years.

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            Top job openings will require certifications, college degrees
Google Software Engineers work in a room with a view on October 28, 2009 in Kirkland, Washington. 

By Natasha Chen

KIRO

A new study shows that in the next five years, Washington State will grow its jobs by nearly three times the national average, but that students do not have the credentials to fill those positions.

Between 2016 and 2021, a study commissioned by Washington Roundtable predicts 740,000 job openings. Most will be filled by people with postsecondary education or training.

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The study, conducted by The Boston Consulting Group, then found that only 31 percent of Washington students in the high school class of 2006 actually earned a postsecondary credential.

“We live here, we work here, our kids go to school here, and we want as many of our Washington kids to be able to qualify for the Washington jobs,” said Neil Strege, vice president of Washington Roundtable.

Of the 740,000 job openings:

-20 percent will be entry-level positions.

-45 percent will be median-salary pathway jobs, which can lead to higher-paying careers.

-35 percent will be career jobs, with higher starting salaries.

In each of those categories, here are the top 10 most in-demand jobs in the next five years:

Entry-level Jobs:

1. food prep and serving

2. waiter and waitress

3. farmworker and laborer crop/nursery/greenhouse

4. janitors and cleaners

5. maids and housekeeping

6. landscaping

7. childcare worker

8. personal care aide

9. counter attendants, café/concession/coffee shop

10. food preparation workers

Pathway Jobs:

1. retail salesperson

2. cashier

3. customer service rep

4. laborer, freight, stock and material mover

5. general office clerk

6. carpenter

7. construction laborer

8. teacher assistant

9. stock clerks

10. secretaries and admin assistants

Career Jobs:

1. software app developer

2. registered nurse

3. accountant and auditor

4. sales rep, wholesale and manufacturing

5. general and ops manager

6. elementary school teacher

7. computer programmer

8. management analyst

9. computer systems analyst

10. electrician

“Those blue collar jobs now require higher skills than they have in the past. So if you want to become a welder, you have to get a credential to become a welder,” said Strege.

Washington Roundtable’s goal is to more than double the number of students obtaining postsecondary certification or degrees by 2030.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound are starting to make that change in their own way.

Louis Garcia, the CEO and president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, said this school year, they launched a program to mentor 35 freshmen at West Seattle High School.

He said some students, especially from low-income backgrounds, have significant barriers in getting to college, which sets them behind for earning high-paying jobs later.

“They may have pressures from home to come back, to help support the family, to help feed some siblings, and so there’s a pull to get away from college,” Garcia said.

The program promises to have one-on-one mentors for these 35 students through high school and two years after high school. They have weekly workshops and hold face-to-face meetings with mentors once a month.

They also take the students into corporate office settings, which can sometimes be the student’s first experience in that type of environment.

“What does it feel like? What are the sounds, the conversations?” Garcia said.


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