The career pathways approach to workforce development emerged to help less educated workers advance to better paying jobs by earning in-demand postsecondary credentials. The approach involves articulated steps of education, training, and employment within an industry sector, combined with other services, to support participant success.

The career pathways approach to workforce development emerged to help less educated workers advance to better paying jobs via postsecondary credentials through education, training, and other support services.

The Career Trajectories and Occupational Transitions Study provides insight into workers’ actual economic prospects and pathways over three, five, and ten year time periods, how workers move through job clusters, and experience wage growth. It identifies shared characteristics of “launchpad” occupations—or occupations from which workers go on to experience higher-than-average wage growth—across sectors.

In addition to the reports, use the interactive Career Trajectories and Occupational Transitions Dashboard to make decisions that reflect the real-world experience of workers.