Report: Specialized skills and increased education give job hunters advantage

REPORT: Specialized skills and increased education give job hunters advantage


The Associated Press is reporting that once the current economy recovers job hunters with more specialized skills and education will be at an advantage. Recent government reports and economists note that the U.S. economy has shifted from one driven by manufacturing to one fueled by service industries, such as technology, health care and entertainment. And, according to studies, not enough workers are adequately educated for the higher-skilled service sectors.

According to economists, of the 8 million-plus reported jobs lost to the recession — in fields such as manufacturing, real estate and financial services — the majority of them aren't coming back. In their place will be expanded or more demanding jobs in health care and information technology. Many of the new positions will require complex skills or increased higher education. The government forecasts a net total of 15.3 million new jobs by 2018.

  • Health care: The sector is expected to be the leading job generator, adding 4 million by 2018, according to Labor Department data. An aging population requires more doctors and nurses, physical therapists, home health aides and pharmacists.

    To increase the number of working nurses, Continuing and Innovative Education (CIE) offers a nursing program in partnership with the School of Nursing through University Extension. The program recruits current nursing professionals to return to graduate school to become nursing instructors. The program trains nurses to become on-the-job instructors to other nurses or nurses-in-training. This program is designed to remedy the great shortage of nursing instructors in U.S. nursing schools and create a more skilled nursing job force.

  • Information technology: Technology provides an economic boost as computers and online networks expand ways to automate services, distribute media and communicate. Companies will need people to build and secure those networks. That should boost the number of programmers, network administrators and security specialists by 45 percent to 2.1 million by 2018.

    In the fall 2010 semester, CIE introduces a new wave of online classes covering a wide variety of technology skills. Students will be able to take beginner and advanced courses in topics such as IT programming, information security, operating systems, server technologies, and software development principles There will also be new coursework to help workers enhance their desktop computer skills in such software applications as PhotoShop, InDesign, Flash, Illustrator, and Microsoft Office. Look to this blog for future posts about this exciting new course line-up.

CIE also offers an array of non-credit certificate programs, seminars, workshops, consulting and onsite training for professionals and organizations seeking to improve performance, advance careers or explore new options. Upcoming workshops at CIE’s Professional Development Center include:

  • Project Management Certificate Program: This workshop gives participants a solid foundation in the concepts, tools, and techniques of project management. In today’s business environment, organizations must develop project managers who can complete individual projects on time and within budget. The course begins September 16, 2010.

  • Financial Planning Certificate Program: The PDC developed this certificate program to address the need for more and for more qualified financial professionals. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics continues to predict faster-than-average growth for financial planners through 2014. The course begins September 21, 2010.

  • Essentials of Non-Profit Management Certificate Program. This 12-week program covers all aspects of association management while making great connections in the nonprofit world with this online course. The course begins October 11, 2010.

Visit this blog often for more news on hiring and work trends. Also, please visit the Professional Development Center’s Web site to access their Fall 2010 Course Catalog.


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