Good Jobs that Pay without a BA
Organizational Author(s): Georgetown Center and JPMorgan Chase
The Georgetown Center and JPMorgan Chase began this project to investigate the impact overarching structural economic change has had and is having on workers who do not have a BA. The centerpiece of the collaboration will include an interactive online database that documents the concentration of these good jobs nationally, at the state level, by industry and occupation, and by wage.
New research that shows there are still 30 million good jobs for workers without Bachelor’s degrees. Although the decline in the blue-collar economy has eliminated many good high school jobs, Good Jobs that Pay without a BA shows that these good jobs are growing overall, and are associated with a median annual earnings of $55,000. However, these good jobs are shifting from traditional blue-collar industries to skilled-services industries, such as financial services and health services. And, importantly, they increasingly require education beyond high school.