New Report Finds Need to Boost Middle-Skill Job Creation

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With the World Bank recently saying that the global economy must create millions of new jobs over the next 7 years to absorb the number of young people entering the workforce, a new report has found there are not enough so-called “middle-skill” jobs for workers in the U.S. 

According to the report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, jobs for candidates with middle skills on their resumessuch as manufacturing and sales experience have been growing “disproportionately” when compared to positions at the high and low end of skill levels, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The report noted that salaries for highly-skilled workers, which includes lawyers, doctors and nurses, continued to increase over the past 2 decades, while wage growth within the low-skills category was strongest for personal care, health care and food preparation workers. Median wages for middle-skilled workers remained mostly flat during the same time period.

The strong wage growth for high-skill workers reflects their increased productivity as technological advances and globalization have served as a complement to the tasks they perform, the report said.

The report found that high-skill workers also have benefited from a shortage of candidates who have a college degree on their resumes, further boosting wages.

Given the reduction in opportunities for middle skill workers, it is especially important to help people build the skills necessary to take on the high-skill jobs that these forces can create, the report also noted.

If you are a job seeker looking for work in the manufacturing industry, you may want to take an onlineaptitude test to determine if you have the right skills to enter the field or if you may need to go back to school for additional training.

To find work in the advanced manufacturing industry, your resume should include technology skills such as database applications, technical training or certifications, hardware knowledge and programming. You should also incorporate any keywords that may be contained in the job description including APQP, best practices, business reengineering, ergonomics, health and safety, inventory control, product development and process automation.

Earlier this year, Forbes found that states who have added the most manufacturing jobs the U.S. over the past year include Texas, Oklahoma and Washington, which is leading the rival thanks in part to aerospace giant Boeing.

However, many industry leaders in the manufacturing sector say they are having a difficult time finding qualified workers to fill thousands of positions that are beginning to open as the country continues to recover from the economic downturn.

A number of studies, including 2 by the Northern Kentucky Industrial Park Council Industry Partnership found the industry may have an image problem as it tries to recruit more young people for the jobs that include machinery, automotive parts, chemical, food and plastics manufacturing.

We’ve got a serious image problem in manufacturing and all of you know that, Jim Morgan, vice president of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, said during a recent conference on manufacturing. “We’ve got people out there that think manufacturing looks like it did 30, 40, 50, 60 years ago. If that’s their perception, and it’s that far off, they are not going to go where we need them to go.”

Morgan said the industry must do more as a whole to address the shortage of worker by exposing students, parents and educator to what he said are the realities of manufacturing in the 21st Century.

The report by the Federal Reserve noted that policymakers must also do more to promote education as a way to “navigate the changing environment created by technology.”

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