The labor market is bursting with jobs that don't require bachelor's degrees but do demand special skills, typically related to digital technology.
Called "new-collar" jobs, these positions usually provide salaries in the top half of the U.S. wage scale. They also offer promising career prospects, thanks to the fact that companies of all kinds are increasingly reliant on online tools and data. Demand is so great that Congress is considering the New Collar Jobs Act of 2017, which would provide tax credits to employers who pay for workers to get training in cybersecurity.
That's good news for American workers of all ages who don't have college diplomas, including young people just entering the workforce, caretakers trying to get back to the office and older people looking to change careers.
"New-collar jobs mean new opportunities – especially for communities traditionally underserved by tech," said Joanna Daly, vice president of talent at IBM, via a spokesperson.