Five things you should know about workforce needs in Idaho. The ReThink Series Knowledge Base of Education Facts
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Background: Idahoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education leaders have rallied behind a goal that calls for 60 percent of young adults in Idaho to hold postsecondary degrees or credentials by 2020. State business leaders share an urgency to rapidly boost the skills of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s workforce. How can you plan for your future?
FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WORKFORCE NEEDS IN IDAHO.
1: By 2018, Idaho employers will require a more-educated workforce.
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Idaho businesses will 1-, 2- and 4-year degree holders in 2018
Advanced Degree Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Degree Associate Degree Certification
12% 13% 30%
Employees in 2013
Perceived Need in 2018
Source: IBE Workforce Needs Survey (Questions 6, 7, and 8).
2: For many occupations, Idaho employers anticipate needing highly educated workers at a rate that exceeds the current national average.
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HOT JOBS IN IDAHO RANKED IN ORDER of the share of upcoming open positions that will require a 4-year degree
#1 Healthcare Professionals #2 Management #3 Engineering #4 Legal #5 Computer #6 Training & Education #7 Sales/Marketing #8 Community & Social Services
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 2008-2012 American Community Survey & IBE Workforce Needs Survey (Question 10). Occupations with fewer than 40 responses were removed.
3: The top three emerging degree areas for Idaho employers are computer science/technology, business and economics and engineering.
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DEGREE AREAS RANKED IN ORDER of near-term importance by Idaho employers #1 Computer Science/Technology #2 Business & Economics #3 Engineering #4 Health Science #5 Communciations #6 General Science #7 Mathematics #8 Vocational Education #9 Social Science #10 Natural Resources #11 Education #12 Liberal Arts #13 Agricultural Sciences #14 Art/Architecture
Source: IBE Workforce Needs Survey (Question 13).
4: Soft skills are important to Idaho employers.
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SKILL/COMPETENCY AREAS RANKED IN ORDER of importance by Idaho employers #1 Perform with Integrity #2 Contribute to a Team
#3 Acquire Knowledge
#4 Solve Problems
#5 Effectively Communicate Orally #6 Manage Time & Priorities #7 Embrace Change #8 Think Critically #9 Take Initiative #10 Build & Sustain Professional Working Relationships
CONTRIBUTE TO A TEAM
#11 Analyze, Evaluate & Interpret Information #12 Manage & Synthesize Different Sources of Information #13 Effectively Communicate Through Writing
Source: IBE Workforce Needs Survey (Question 16).
5: Employers are looking for good communicators and problem solvers.
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THAT IDAHO EMPLOYERS LOOK FOR in new hires (the larger the word, the more important the skill to Idaho employers)
writing math learn
communication self motivated
critical thinking written
leadership business tasks good connection
people strong basic customer service social computer
work ethic professional
verbal reading marketing office
Source: IBE Workforce Needs Survey (Question 15).
FYI The ReThink Series is a periodic report of education facts produced by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. This issue is in partnership with Idaho Business for Education and ECONorthwest, an economics, finance and planning consulting firm.