Job Skills: A Guide for Teens and Parents
Real Expectations For Today's Workforce
Just a few years ago companies provided on-the-job training for employees to perform jobs that lasted for years. However, in today’s competitive job market, jobs require more technical skills, job descriptions change frequently, occupations become obsolete, downsizing occurs, new jobs are invented, and unskilled work goes to cheap labor overseas.
Today’s employers don’t have the time or money to train and retrain new employees or to supervise every aspect of their daily job routine. Employers are looking for people with advanced skills who have the ability to learn quickly on the job and adapt as the market demands.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides students with technical training to prepare for a successful career. The structured training each student receives gives him or her the tools needed to be successful in a job after high school and/or further his or her post-secondary education, whether technical school, two-year college, or four-year college. Each student is encouraged to explore various areas of study and to develop the essential skills to feel competent in entering today’s competitive job market.
CTE benefits all students, providing them with essential technical skills and applied academic knowledge. CTE courses and programs introduce students to career options and assist them in making informed educational choices.
Over 131,000 students (grades 9-12) participate in CTE courses annually, encompassing:
• Economics, Entrepreneurship, and Financial Literacy
• Family and Consumer Sciences
• Health Science and Technology
• Information Technology
• Technology and Engineering
• Trade and Technical for today’s workforce.
Setting the record straight.
Misconceptions VS. Facts
All high school seniors who expect to go on to college to seek four-yeardegrees actually enroll in college and graduate.
|Most high school seniors expect to go on to college to seek four-year degrees. In Utah, 34% of the population age 25 and older hold a college degree (associates or higher).|
|In the future, most jobs will require a four-year degree.||While most jobs require some postsecondary training (about 65.8%), only 20.8% of all jobs in Utah require at least a bachelor’s degree.|
|Most high-wage jobs in the future will be in technical fields that require a college degree.||The largest and fastest-growing segment of the emerging technical workforce is jobs not requiring a four-year college degree.|
|With the sluggish economy of the past several years, few jobs will be created in Utah.||By 2010 Utah’s economy will generate over 300,000 new jobs.|
|The annual employment growth rate in Utah is stagnant.||The average annual employment growth rate for Utah between 2000 and 2010 is estimated at 2.7%.|
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