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A Fit Between Training And Job

As the economy continues to recover, the unemployment rate has remained steady at 5.5%.

However, the wage growth has shown little movement with the average hourly earnings increasing by only 2.1% over last year.

That said, there are areas within the job market that signal where training ought to be focused given the latest trends.

For example, Kathryn Dill writing for forbes.com noted that CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. have combed through data from more than 90 state and national employment resources, thus providing some insights on what is happening within the job market.

The report shows that temporary jobs are on the rebound showing an increase of 15% between 2009 and 2010 and a staggering 57% between 2009 to 2014.

TrainingIn addition, the data shows that about 3 million people currently holds temporary positions, a number that is projected to rise this year, and 13% between last year and 2019, an increase that represents 354,877 jobs.

The report makes the link between jobs that pay less than $15/hr. and predicted growth rate of 14%. These include home health aides, childcare workers, gaming dealers, restaurant cooks, substitute teachers, demonstrators and product promotors, retail salespersons, and landscape/groundskeeping workers.

It also shows that the fastest-growing temp jobs that pay $15/hr. or more include the following computer system analyst, accountants, auditors, management analysts, computer user support specialists, application software developers, customer service representatives, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, registered, and maintenance/repair workers.

The foregoing jobs are also predicted to show 14 percent growth rate over the next five years.

The report shows that health aides have the highest predicted growth rate among the job categories that pays less than $15/hr., moving from 17,822 temp jobs in 2014 to 20,420 in 2019.

In addition, it shows that computer system analysts is the fastest-growing area in the job category paying $15/hr or more, showing a predicted increase from 11,802 temp jobs in 2014 to to a predicted total of 14,024 in 2019. Computer system analysts are paid a median hourly earning of almost $40/hr.

Davy Desmond, Readers Bureau, Fellow

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