Closing the skills gap may start in high school

row of lockersAlmost 3 in 4 (73% of) high school seniors already know what career they plan to pursue, according to a new survey by Careerbuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc.

That means, if we want supply to meet demand, its important to get school-aged kids excited about science and math. For example, in the case of software developers, nurses, sales reps, and network administrators, there currently aren’t enough skilled workers to go around. Informing students where the opportunity lies while they’re making these (albeit early) career decisions is important.

So what sort of careers are these seniors looking to pursue? Luckily, according to the latest findings, STEM-related fields – technology, engineering, math, and science – are already at the top of the list.

These are the most popular choices:

  • teacher
  • engineer
  • psychologist / psychiatrist
  • scientist (biological/physical/social)
  • artist / designer
  • veterinarian
  • machine operator
  • computer programmer
  • physician
  • government professional
  • nurse

Question: What did you want to be when you were in high school? Have you fulfilled that dream?

About TRC Staffing Services, Inc.

2 Responses to “Closing the skills gap may start in high school”

  1. There are so many jobs out there that high schoolers don’t even know about, simply because they aren’t exposed to it! We go to how many career fairs in college? Why not have a few in high schools that introduce students to different industries?

    • Hi Tom,
      Thanks for the comment! That is a great point to acknowledge. By introducing sessions, lectures, career fairs, etc. in high schools could be very beneficial. We definitely take that in consideration at TRC Staffing and are open to ideas like yours.

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