A report focused on employment for sub-baccalaureate workers across metro areas and over time.
The authors define an opportunity occupation as one that is characterized by a high degree of opportunity employment — jobs accessible to workers without a bachelor’s degree and typically paying above the national annual median wage (adjusted for differences in regional price levels).
The report investigates the following research questions:
1. Which occupations offer the most opportunity employment for sub-baccalaureate workers?
2. Do employers’ educational expectations exhibit variability across regional economies or over time?
3. What share of total employment can be classified as opportunity employment?
4. How do a metro area’s occupational mix, employers’ educational expectations, and price levels affect the share of opportunity employment?