The labor market data in all BOOST regions reveal that middle-wage, low-skill jobs are quickly disappearing. These jobs have been important because they offered family sustaining wages to workers who may not have had a high school diploma or less. Within the BOOST regions, the data shows that the new “middle-skills” jobs now require postsecondary credentials. Since 2002, 45 percent of the jobs growth in the middle-skills occupations came from demand for healthcare practitioners (Alabama at 20 percent), thus the targeted industry of BOOST is NACIS Code 62 - Health Care and Social Assistance.

The job outlook is great as the healthcare and social assistance industry group is projected to be the fastest growing industry overall from 2012 to 2022. The healthcare industry employs approximately 14.5 million people representing 10.3 percent of all jobs nationally. A survey of local healthcare employers within the BOOST Consortium indicated a significant need for entry-level workers with specific skill-sets.

Alabama's Hot 40 Jobs http://www2.labor.alabama.gov/OES/OES_Posters/hotjobs.pdf

Healthcare Support Employment & Annual Average Job Openings Base Year 2012 and Projected Year 2022 http://www2.labor.alabama.gov/Projections/Occupational/Statewide/healthcaresprt.aspx

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