Michigan has lots of jobs, just not enough skilled workers


Good paying, high-demand positions are currently available across Michigan for people with professional trade expertise, but our state workforce is dealing with a major professional skills gap.

According to Michigan’s Department of Talent and Economic Development, more than 800,000 high-demand jobs that are connected to professional trades will be created through the year 2024. These positions will be worth an estimated $49 Billion in earnings, but these available jobs are far outpacing the number of Michiganders with these skills.

Legislation has provided money to help fund professional trade training programs, in fact, millions of dollars has gone toward providing people the necessary skills to get hired. In addition, there is help to connect skilled workers with companies that are hiring. It’s a battle state workforce officials say they will continue to fight.

“It’s really incumbent on us and our partners”, says Workforce Development Director Stephanie Beckhorn, “to make sure that we have businesses and education officials having those conversations to identify the needs, the skills, the certificates, or licenses that the individuals require to fill those jobs.”

The top career openings expected to happen in Michigan over the next 5 years include information technology, manufacturing, and healthcare.

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