Is Florida Ready To Tackle The Jobs Of The Future?

Author: Charles Hokanson, Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer

April 3, 2017

In 1994, the Florida Chamber Foundation released No More Excuses: What Businesses Must Do to Help Improve Florida’s Schools, which showed that assessment, accountability and improving student learning were the keys to creating a world-class education system in Florida.

Thanks to the resolve of the business community, education leaders, the philanthropic community and dedicated teachers and school professionals, Florida has significantly improved its statewide graduation rate, which was once ranked 48th in the nation. Hillsborough County is now graduating more students from high school and more students from higher education institutions with bachelor’s degrees. Additionally, the state now ranks in the top quartile in educational achievement under various indicators.

Florida has come a long way, yet as our state seeks to fill the more than two million net new jobs that need to be created by 2030, is our workforce prepared?

According to the Florida Chamber Foundation’s latest research report, Florida Jobs 2030, 64 percent of Florida jobs will require some form of postsecondary education by 2021. The workers of tomorrow will need to remain competitive in the midst of automation, globalization and technological advances. Many of the jobs that Floridians will hold in 2030 are still emerging, and some don’t even exist yet.

While there are gaps to address between the requirements of these positions and the current levels of education and training within the state, this is also an opportunity for students and communities to take advantage of middle-skill and entry-level opportunities, which don’t require advanced degrees.
Florida Jobs 2030 poses a call to action to businesses, educators, philanthropy, training providers, employers, employees, communities, local government and policy makers to partner together to create pathways toward success for today’s students.

At Helios Education Foundation, our mission is to ensure that every individual in Arizona and Florida has the opportunity to attend and is prepared to succeed in postsecondary education. We believe that education changes lives and strengthens communities; that education is an investment, not an expense; that every student, regardless of zip code, deserves a high-quality education; and that we will achieve our mission through partnership and collaboration.

We must work collaboratively to ensure that our students are prepared to enter a  workforce that is globally competitive and secures our state’s economic future. If you agree, visit and learn more about how you can get involved.


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