The Widening Gap Between Available jobs and Skilled Workers

Today, in the Midlands, we have a talent disconnect — we have too few workers with the skill sets needed to meet the growing demands of our employers. This has tremendously affected the economic growth of our community, as job creators are finding it challenging to grow and develop without employees with the right talent and skills. Download our Jobs of the Future brochure.

Jobs of the Future 

For our local economy to continue to grow and flourish, tomorrow’s opportunities cannot come to reality with yesterday’s skills.

Jim ReynoldsCEO, Total Comfort Solutions

The following four clusters and related careers have been identified by local business and education leaders as having the greatest talent needs in the Midlands along with the highest growth expectancy through 2020.

Health Sciences

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Doctors and Surgeons
  • Home Health Aides
  • Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Medical Records and Health Information Technologists
  • Nursing Aides, Orderlies and Attendants
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Radiologic Technologists
  • Registered Nurses
  • Respiratory Therapists

Information Technology

  • Computer Hardware Engineers
  • Computer Science Teachers — Post-secondary
  • Computer Software Engineers
  • Computer Software Engineers — Applications
  • Computer Software Engineers — Systems Software
  • Computer Support Specialists
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Logisticians
  • Management Analysts
  • Network Systems and Data Communication Analysts

Advanced Manufacturing

  • Chemical Operators
  • Electronics Engineering Technology Technicians
  • Health and Safety Engineers
  • Industrial Engineers
  • Industrial Maintenance Technicians
  • Manufacturing Engineers
  • Precision Machining Operators
  • Process/Systems Operators
  • Quality Engineers
  • Robotics Engineers

STEM & Alternate Energy

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

  • Biochemists and Biophysicists
  • Biomedical Engineers
  • Chemical Operators
  • Medical Scientists

Alternate Energy and Support

  • Electrical/Power Engineers
  • Electricians
  • Energy Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Nuclear Engineers
  • Nuclear Operators
  • Pipe Fitters
  • Welders