A new CareerBuilder study based on data from Emsi, CareerBuilder’s labor market analysis arm, explores the best career opportunities for workers who never completed college. These opportunities include occupations that typically offer good pay and have a high demand for workers.
Among occupations that do not typically require a college education and have the largest gap between job openings and hires are heavy tractor and trailer truck drivers, first-line supervisors of retail sales workers, food service managers, insurance sales agents and computer user support specialist. See full list here, where you can also see other data points, such as job growth and salary.
What Does This Mean for You?
According to Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation:
“When people think of skills gaps, they typically think of high-skill tech or health care jobs that require advanced degrees. The reality is those gaps are being felt across all types of roles, including a wide range of jobs that don’t necessarily require a college education. What employers will look for first is whether candidates have the core competencies to fill their open positions, and those competencies can be developed in different ways outside of a formal classroom.”
Would you hire someone without a college degree? Look at the job ads your competitors run — both your industry competitors and your local competitors for talent. Your company could be missing out by failing to consider these high potential candidates – and giving your competitors the advantage.