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Nevada Ranks 29th in Georgetown University Jobs Report

PHOTO: Nevada ranks 29th in the nation in a new report measuring how many online job postings in each state require college degrees. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Education.
PHOTO: Nevada ranks 29th in the nation in a new report measuring how many online job postings in each state require college degrees. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Education.
April 6, 2015

LAS VEGAS - Having a college education may be more important than ever for job seekers in Nevada and around the U.S.

According to a new report from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce, 32 percent of online job postings in Nevada are for positions that require at least a four-year college degree. Dr. Tony Carnevale, an economist and lead author of the report, says Nevada is lagging behind other Western states.

"The difference between a state like Nevada, and others in the West that are growing faster, is that the mix in Nevada doesn't really have enough technology and white-collar professional jobs," he says.

Carnevale says the research involved analyzing more than 28,000 online job ads in the Silver State, and several million across the country, in order to see which career fields are most promising on a state-by-state basis. According to Carnevale, most college-level job listings in Nevada are for registered nurses and sales representatives.

Carnevale adds that the report underscores the need to go to college to get a good job, but also to get a degree that is directly related to a field of work.

"The texture of what employers are looking for is changing," he says, "in the sense that they're much more focused on specialization and degree specialization. They care about what your major was in college as much as they care whether or not you went."

The report also says jobs in the engineering and health care fields figured prominently in online ads across the country.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV