NPR has an interesting infographic predicting the growth and decline of various industries in the United States over the next decade. The Decade Ahead In Jobs uses 2008 statistics as the baseline for measuring growth or decline. One of the statistics of note from infographic is that, with the exception of pharmaceuticals, the manufacturing sector is expected to decline. Another interesting statistic is that the education sector is predicted to grow by 12%.
Applications for Education
The Decade Ahead In Jobs struck me as having a couple of applications for educators. First, on a theoretical level the predictions of this infographic and others like it should influence how we’re preparing students for life after school. Second, The Decade Ahead In Jobs should be shared with students as a representation of the need for further education provides greater flexibility to adjust to future changes in workforce demands.