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Thousands of Jobs Expected for Skilled, Educated

Dayton Daily News (Ohio) (02/12/12) Cornelius Frolik

A new study by Wright State University’s Center for Urban and Public Affairs indicates that the number of job openings in computer science, insurance, and finance and accounting will surpass the number of college graduates with relevant degrees. The study suggests that young graduates with the right skills will have a competitive edge when seeking employment, as many of the state’s unemployed workers are not qualified for these jobs. The study expects job openings to rise 13% between 2011 and 2016 in the finance and accounting industry, 8% in computer science, and 6% in the insurance industry.

Ryan Hunt, career adviser with ASA corporate partner CareerBuilder, says some employers are having trouble finding eligible candidates because the fastest-growing job fields generally require workers who are highly skilled and highly educated. A lack of qualified candidates means 35% of information technology companies and 33% of financial service companies had positions that could not be filled, according to a 2012 survey from CareerBuilder.