The Colorado Department of Higher Education released Wednesday its second annual Skills for Jobs legislative report, highlighting trends in workforce development and projecting how demand might change the state’s future necessity.
Although the report found that the state is meeting its current postsecondary completion quota for STEM–science, technology, engineering and mathematics–professionals entering the workforce, it found that Colorado must increase that output to meet future demand in some fields (computer science, for example). Also on track for deficit is the amount of graduating high-level physicians, the study showed.
Colorado is currently ranked third in the nation in terms of the percentage of jobs that require some form of postsecondary education or training. The study projected that 74 percent of all jobs in the state will require such credentials by 2020, meaning that Colorado would have to increase its graduate production by 2 percent (1,000) annually to keep up with demand.
In order to prevent such issues from worsening, the state’s Department of Higher Education recommends that:
Go here to read the full report.