Where The Jobs Are: 2.5 million new jobs by 2017

Career College Central Summary:

  • By 2017, there will be about 2.5 million new middle-skill jobs across the country and not enough trained workers to fill them, according to special report 'Where The Jobs Are' by WUSA9 and USA TODAY.
  • These jobs don't require a four-year college degree and they all pay at least $13 an hour, sometimes much more.
  • In the D.C. area, the jobs expected to be in high demand include medical technicians, nurses, mental health and substance abuse counselors and teachers.
  • A full list can be found here: http://usat.ly/1vu1y5i'
  • Where The Jobs Are' is designed to give you a vivid look at the job market across the country today and a projected outlook for three years from now. Consider Joe Poole, who is just 21-years-old, but already on track to make more than $100,000 in his first year out of college.
  • "Just seeing firsthand how things are made is something that I enjoy doing.
  • And seeing it from gas to plastic is a really interesting experience," said Poole, who monitors the refining process at a Houston petrochemical plant, which produces plastics for everything from milk jugs to bike helmets.
  • It's a middle skills job that requires only two years of college, but employers can't find enough trained workers to fill the openings.Americans eager to work must gain the skills employers need.
  • 'Community colleges have programs, for-profit trade schools have programs. Big companies have programs, that in many cases, don't cost anything at all,' said Mike Rowe, the former host of the show, 'Dirty Jobs.'
  • The Mike Rowe Works Foundation aims to dispel the notion that getting a four-year degree is the only path to success.
  • "The truth is, right now, if you're willing to learn how to weld, and work, you can go to North Dakota and you can be making six figures within a year," he said.

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