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Skill Gap Analysis Identifies High Employer Demand Fields

Each year, the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board conducts an analysis that results in identifying mid-level high employer demand occupation groups. The list of high demand occupations helps guide the investments of workforce development programs and services. Methodology.

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Major Occupational Group

Mid-level education level



Average Annual

Installation, Maintenance & Repair
Manufacturing, Production
Protective Services
Health Care Occupations in Shortage*
Science Technology

*Includes only mid-level health occupations with projected shortages.

Notes: Science and Technology demand may be partly met from baccalaureate programs, including both dropouts and degree holders.

It is not currently possible to reliably project demand for the following occupational groups:
-Construction- due to uncertainties about the overhang of construction workers unemployed during the recession.
-Preschool workers - demand projections do not distinguish training levels below bachelor's degree.

Updated November 2013

Report gives overview of workforce preparation in Washington
A Skilled and Educated Workforce Report 2013 is the product of the Washington Student Achievement Council, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and the Workforce Board. It is published every two years.

Discover how many Washington workers are prepared for high employer demand occupations at every level, see where the gaps are between degree production and demand, and view which fields are producing more job openings.

The Workforce Board's Employer Survey is cited in this joint report on workforce preparation. The survey is conducted every two years in cooperation with the Association of Washington Business and Washington Chamber of Commerce Executives.

Key findings:

  • Among the approximately 60,000 employers who hired in 2012, around 21 percent, or one in five, experienced difficulties finding qualified applicants.

  • The credentials most frequently reported as difficult to find in applicants included vocational diplomas or certificates (59 percent), vocational associate's degrees (54 percent) and bachelor's degrees (52 percent).

CareerBridge.Wa.Gov provides detailed information on roughly 6,000 education and training programs in Washington searchable by occupation and key words. The website also provides labor demand information for all occupations and performance results of programs that have been operating for two or more years.

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