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Building Skills and Alliances to Meet Demand in New Jersey's Labor Market

June 30, 2005

This summary report examines the Ready for the Job initiatve, which profiled the skill and occupational requirements of 73 occupations in New Jersey. This report highlights four cross-industry demand skills: math and technology skills, problem solving and critical skills, communication and teamwork skills, and entrepreneurship and business skills.

Understanding Occupational and Skill Demand in NJ's Tourism/Hospitality Industry

June 30, 2005

The tourism and hospitality industry is critical to New Jersey. It not only employs large numbers of workers, but attracts millions of tourists and visitors each year. For example, hotels, restaurants and bars, and amusement and recreation services employ more than 300,000 people in the state. However, New Jersey employers are facing difficulties attracting and maintaining the skilled workforce they need. This report summarizes the skill, knowledge, and educational requirements of key occupations in the tourism and hospitality industry and identifies strategies for meeting the workforce challenges facing the industry.

Understanding Occupational and Skill Demand in NJ's Manufacturing Industry

June 30, 2005

The manufacturing industry employs over 460,000 workers in New Jersey. Jobs in the industry have undergone tremendous changes in recent decades. Technology is affecting industry productivity and has changed the way work is done. Workers must have technical expertise to understand the underlying principles of the production process and to interact effectively with the technology used to control these processes. This report summarizes the skill, knowledge, and educational requirements of key manufacturing occupations in the food processing, chemical processing, glass production, and printing/publishing sectors. It also identifies strategies for meeting the workforce challenges facing the industry.

Understanding Occupational and Skill Demand in New Jersey's Utilities Industry

June 30, 2005

The utilities industry provides essential electricity, gas, water and sewer, and local telephone services to residents and businesses throughout New Jersey. This report summarizes the skill, knowledge, and educational requirements of key occupations in gas, electric, water and sewer, and telephone services. It also identifies strategies for meeting the workforce challenges facing the industry.

Understanding Occupational and Skill Demand in New Jersey's IT Industry

June 30, 2005

The information technology industry in New Jersey employs workers in an array of occupations and settings. This report summarizes the skill, knowledge, and educational requirements of key information technology occupations and identifies strategies for meeting the workforce challenges facing the industry.

Understanding Occupational and Skill Demand in New Jersey's Health Care Industry

June 30, 2005

The health care industry in New Jersey employs almost 350,000 people. However, state, national, and international shortages of nurses is raising widespread concern in the industry. Jobs in the industry are changing in response to pressures to control costs and the demands of an increasingly consolidated industry. This report summarizes the skill, knowledge, and educational requirements of key health care occupations and identifies strategies for meeting the workforce challenges facing the industry.

Understanding Occupational and Skill Demand in New Jersey's Finance Industry

June 30, 2005

The finance industry in New Jersey employs over 200,000 people. Many more workers benefit from the state's proximity to the finance industry in New York City. Jobs in the industry are evolving rapidly in response to national and global trends, such as deregulation, increasingly complex laws, and new technologies. As jobs change, skill requirements for both entry-level and incumbent workers increase. This report summarizes the skill, knowledge, and educational requirements of key finance occupations and identifies strategies for meeting the workforce challenges facing the industry.

Understanding Occupational and Skill Demand in New Jersey's Construction Industry

June 30, 2005

The construction industry is integral to New Jersey's economy, employing over 160,000 people. Nationally and in New Jersey, the construction industry is thriving, injecting billions of dollars into the state. Jobs in the industry are changing with an influx of new technology and new building materials, requiring that workers have more technical expertise than in the past. This report summarizes the skill, knowledge, and educational requirements of key construction occupations and identifies strategies for meeting the key workforce challenges facing the industry.

Understanding Occupational/Skill Demand in NJ's Transportation/Logistics Industry

June 30, 2005

The transportation and logistics industry employs over 94,000 people in New Jersey. Industry jobs are evolving in response to increases in the use of technology and stricter security regulations. Workers must now possess solid academic skills, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to work effectively with technology. This report summarizes the skill, knowledge, and educational requirements of key transportation and logistics occupations and identifies strategies for meeting the workforce challenges facing the industry.

Ready for Tomorrow: Demand-Side Emerging Skills for the 21st Century

June 30, 2005

As part of the Ready for the Job demand-side skill assessment, the Heldrich Center explored emerging work skills that will affect New Jersey's workforce in the next three to five years. The Heldrich Center identified five specific areas likely to generate new skill demands: biotechnology, security, e-learning, e-commerce, and food/agribusiness. This report explores the study's findings and offers recommendations for improving education and training in New Jersey.

The 70 Percent Solution: Five Principles for Helping Young People Make Decisions During and After High School

June 9, 2004

This report offers a different vision of how educators, employers, parents, and all those who care about the development of young people should understand and address life after high school. The report finds that students and all Americans need better and more informed choices for the next step after high school, and at every stage of their careers, as they seek the knowledge and skills that will help them succeed in the workplace and meet their economic necessities. It calls upon parents, students, policymakers, and educators to recognize the realities and opportunities of the changing new economy for people of different educational backgrounds -- and to support the increasing importance of lifelong learning to the success of so many Americans.

The 70 Percent Solution Summary Report

June 9, 2004

This summary report offers a different vision of how educators, employers, parents, and all those who care about the development of young people should understand and address life after high school. The report finds that students and all Americans need better and more informed choices for the next step after high school, and at every stage of their careers, as they seek the knowledge and skills that will help them succeed in the workplace and meet their economic necessities. It calls upon parents, students, policymakers, and educators to recognize the realities and opportunities of the changing new economy for people of different educational backgrounds -- and to support the increasing importance of lifelong learning to the success of so many Americans.