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Alexandria, Va. – 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:
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 and responsive K-12 and postsecondary education systems that provide all students with the knowledge and skills they need to access, and succeed in, their careers of choice,” said Sandy Boyd, senior vice president, strategic initiatives, Achieve. “It’s clear that the world has changed and employers are demanding more from their new employees, and applicants, than ever before. All students deserve a meaningful and rigorous academic experience that will prepare them for all opportunities in 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, click:
To read Achieve’s summary report,
“The Future of the U.S. Workforce: A Survey of Hiring Practices Across Industries,” click:
The 4,695 responses are from randomly selected SHRM members who are HR professionals.
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The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM Online at http://www.shrm.org.
Achieve is an independent, bipartisan, nonprofit education reform organization based in Washington D.C., that helps states raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments, and strengthen accountability. Achieve is leading the effort to make college and career readiness a national priority so that the transition from high school graduation to postsecondary education and careers is seamless. Through Achieve’s 35-state ADP Network, governors, state education officials, postsecondary leaders and business executives work together to improve postsecondary preparation by aligning key policies with the demands of college and careers. Achieve partnered with NGA and CCSSO on the Common Core State Standards Initiative and was selected by states to manage the PARCC assessment consortia. The PARCC consortium was awarded Race to the Top assessment funds to create next generation assessments in math and English aligned to the CCSS. Achieve is also managing a state-led process to develop K-12 Next Generation Science Standards based on the National Research Council's Framework for K-12 Science Education. For more information about the work of Achieve, visit www.achieve.org.
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