ERIC Number: ED563777
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Reference Count: N/A
Career Readiness in the United States 2015. ACT Insights in Education and Work
ACT has conducted over 20,000 job analyses for occupations across a diverse array of industries and occupations since 1993. This report highlights the levels of career readiness for various subgroups of ACT Work Keys® examinees in the United States and provides career readiness benchmarks for selected ACT WorkKeys cognitive skills by career cluster. Career readiness is defined as the academic skills and performance level of those skills required for readiness in jobs within a particular career cluster. Career clusters are groupings of occupations that are used by education/training providers to develop coursework, programs of study and career navigation tools for students in both secondary and postsecondary education settings. ACT WorkKeys cognitive assessments measure the workplace skills critical to job success as well as the reasoning, critical thinking, and problem-solving techniques to solve work-related problems. The data represent ACT WorkKeys examinees in the United States from 2010-2014. Most examinee data are presented in aggregate form over the 2010-2014 time period. The purpose of aggregated data is to encourage focus on trends, not year-to-year changes, which can represent normal-even expected-fluctuations in data. Studying trend lines-rather than data from a single year offers more insight into what is happening in a region, state, or the nation.
Descriptors: Career Readiness, Benchmarking, Occupations, Career Education, Job Skills, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Trend Analysis, Occupational Clusters, Agricultural Occupations, Architecture, Construction Industry, Fine Arts, Business Administration Education, Teaching (Occupation), Government Employees, Occupational Information, Public Administration Education, Health Occupations, Hospitality Occupations, Tourism, Marketing, Sales Occupations, Manufacturing Industry, STEM Education, Science Careers, Academic Standards
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: ACT, Inc.