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Credentials Matter: COVID-19 Case Study

by Joel Simon; Layla O'Kane; Rucha Vankudre

Oct 1, 2020

This report provides insights into labor market trends across career clusters, occupations and credentials during the first few months of the pandemic. It highlights how different occupational factors like critical worker designation, physical proximity to others, and automation risk impact physical safety and economic security across occupations – and how these factors may reshape the landscape of opportunity for workers and learners. It is intended to provide educators and policy makers with a framework for evaluating their career and technical education and workforce training investments to ensure that they align with the new contours of opportunity. Unpacking the effects of the almost complete economic shutdown during the pandemic can help inform future policies, educational offerings, and individual career decisions as our pandemic response and recovery continues.