Center on Education and the Workforce

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The Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW) is an independent, non-partisan research institute affiliated with Georgetown University in Washington, DC., United States. The center carries out research with the goal of better aligning education and training with workforce and labor demand.

Areas of research[edit]

The three areas of research are:

  • Jobs: monitoring the supply and demand for educated and skilled labor and linking postsecondary curricula with career opportunities;
  • Skills: mapping the specification of 21st Century occupation competencies, and the ties to education and training frameworks;
  • People: identifying the effect of changing job requirements and skills demand on students and current workers, with a focus on access and success by race and socioeconomic status.

The center uses data from federal and state statistical agencies, and from private data organizations that provide employment projections, population estimates, and other economic indicators. These include: National Center for Education Statistics, O*NET, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Statistics, and the Census.

Staffing and funding[edit]

The center is staffed by senior research economists with backgrounds in education, economics, and issues pertaining to social mobility. Its director is labor economist Anthony Carnevale. The center is funded by grants from the Lumina Foundation for Education and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


In June 2010 the Center published Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018. The report projected education demand for jobs, by industry and occupation, through to 2018. The report predicted that by 2018, 63% of all jobs in the United States would require some form of postsecondary education. Published simultaneously was the same report broken down by state, for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.[1][2] An updated study of January 2016 indicated that 65% of jobs would require postsecondary education by 2020.[3]

In June 2016 the CEW's report America's Divided Recovery was released, showing that over 95% of jobs created during the US economic recovery had gone to college-educated workers.[4]


  1. ^ Essoyan, Susan. "College education grows more crucial." Honolulu Star - Advertiser. Oahu Publications Inc. July 6, 2010. Retrieved November 14, 2017 from HighBeam Research.
  2. ^ "State's future rests on success of Arizona's kids." AZ Daily Star. McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. June 17, 2010. Retrieved November 14, 2017 from HighBeam Research.
  3. ^ Henderson, Sue; James Muyskens. "U.S. Prosperity Depends on Success of the Left-Behind': Colleges and Universities Must Do Better Job Educating First-Generation and At-Risk Students." University Business. Professional Media Group LLC. February 1, 2016. Retrieved November 14, 2017 from HighBeam Research.
  4. ^ Randy Tucker, "College Grads Make Gain in Jobs ; Workers with at Least a Bachelor's Account for 36% of Workforce." Dayton Daily News (Dayton, OH). CMG Corporate Services. July 6, 2016. Retrieved November 14, 2017 from HighBeam Research.

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