Report: Americans are Short on Skilled Labor

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A new study shows that Americans are short on skills, a grim reality in a job market that’s expected to grow more complex and technical as time goes on.

There is an estimated worker shortfall of 20 million in fields demanding advanced skills in science, math, and healthcare, among others, and the problem isn’t expected to get better soon. In fact, it’s a problem that has been around for a while.

According to the Georgetown University study, “The United States has been underproducing workers with postsecondary education since the 1980s. Jobs will return, but not everyone will be ready for them.”

Of the 165 million jobs available in the next six years, 65 percent of them will require advanced skills, up from 59 percent in 2010.