More Educated Californians Needed
A new study finds California’s economic edge may be at risk, unless the state can meet a growing demand for educated workers.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Researchers at Sacramento State predict that within the next 16 years, one of every three jobs in California will require at least an associate degree or more.
Dr. Robert Fountain, director of the study, says that’s as highly educated employees leave the workforce in record numbers:
Our most knowledgeable people in our economy right now are the baby boomers and they’re about to retire en masse.
Currently, about one in every four jobs in the state requires a degree.
The study found even a small increase of about 2 percent in the number of junior college and college graduates could add 13 billion dollars to the state’s economy.