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Demand for Two-Year Technical Degrees in the Manufacturing Industry

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Most of us grew up learning that to be truly successful and to find a great job we needed to earn a four-year college degree. We learned that there were exceptions to this rule (Bill Gates), but those were few and far between. However, a recent survey by the National Association of Manufactures (NAM) suggests that this may not be the case among manufacturers.

The survey found that even in a receding economy, approximately 1/3 of NAM members are still looking to employ individuals with a two-year technical degrees.  As employers continue to look at effective ways to increase manufacturing profits while maintaining a high level of quality, employing individuals with a two-year associate's degree (compared to a four-year bachelor's degree) starts to become a viable option. 

The information in the NAM survey should be looked at and considered by many individuals including high school students, manufacturers, and policy makers, especially given the current state of unemployment in the United States. Students that are not interested in a four-year college degree should strongly consider a two-year technical degree. Manufacturers should continue to encourage growth in this sector by including the hiring of individuals with two-year technical degrees in their manufacturing business plans. And finally, policy makers that have thus far focused their efforts on getting individuals into four year colleges, should start to look at incentives for two-year trade schools.

About the Author

Justin Hayes is a director in Katz, Sapper & Miller’s Audit and Assurance Services Group as well as being a member of the Not-for-Profit and Governmental Services Groups. Justin works with clients to help them avoid risk and maximize efficiencies by keeping an eye on their bottom line and helping ensure accurate financial reporting. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

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