Academic excellence, increasing economic competitiveness, protecting the environment: these are common themes in just about every key context of U.S. economic growth. But what explains the unique skills and preparation most employers want in entry-level workers? A recent Gallup/Median City poll shows that getting education and advanced qualifications are key attributes the U.S. needs to compete in a globalized economy.
Much like other economic development themes, education seems to play a central role in modernizing the U.S. economy. In a Gallup/Median City poll, 88 percent of employers say they work hard to attract and develop high-quality workers. Likewise, 62 percent of employers say that education and training are critical to their global competitiveness.
These relatively high percentages of employers say this is particularly relevant in today’s environment. As the economy recovers from the Great Recession, this information suggests that employers have much greater expectations of the skills, learning and training they will hire in the years ahead.
Some 86 percent of survey respondents say it is their top set of motivations for hiring new employees. The economic reality, however, often trumps the rationale for job search decisions. According to Gallup’s latest findings, only 3 percent of workers cite their employers’ pursuit of cost savings as their top reason for making plans for a future job.