Education and the workforce
Workforce opportunities for Rhode Island students by education level and field
According to recent estimates, more than seven in 10 Rhode Island jobs will require some kind of postsecondary education by 2020. Likewise, blue-collar jobs have the lowest projected growth rate among the occupations available to our students.
Percentage of jobs requiring minimum levels of education by 2020 (projected)
Occupational growth rates in Rhode Island, 2010–2020 (projected)
|2010 Jobs||2020 Jobs||Growth Rate|
|Managerial and professional office||59,510||72,060||21%|
|Healthcare professional and technical||25,820||30,450||18%|
|Community services and arts||24,790||29,020||17%|
|Food and personal services||80,960||93,380||15%|
|Sales and office support||128,050||146,900||15%|
- “Recovery: Job Growth and Education Requirements Through 2020,” Georgetown University (June 2013), pp. 3-7, accessed December 15, 2015, https://cew.georgetown.edu/wp-content/uploads/StateProjections_6.1.15_agc_v2.pdf.
Education level and earnings
As the demand for college-educated workers grows, students without postsecondary credentials are seeing large gaps in earning potential.
Median earnings in the past 12 months by educational attainment for individuals age 25 and over
- “Median earnings in the past 12 months (in 2014 inflation-adjusted dollars) by sex by education attainment for the population 25 years and over,” U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder (using guided search), accessed December 17, 2015, http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml.