Ready for the Job: A Profile of New Jersey Industry
Research to determine the skill and workforce needs of key current and emerging industries for New Jersey.
From 2002 to 2008, the Heldrich Center worked with the State of New Jersey to conduct extensive research to determine the skill and workforce needs of key current and emerging industries for the state. This research effort, led by the New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and the New Jersey Department of Education, provided information to the state’s educational institutions, Workforce Investment Boards, students, and job seekers on the skill and educational requirements of key industries and occupations.
In 2002, the Heldrich Center was commissioned by the State of New Jersey to launch an initiative to inform policymakers, career counselors, educators, and employers about the skills that New Jersey employers expect to be in demand. The first phase of the project (conducted during the period 2002-2004) resulted in a summary report as well as nine individual reports that analyzed 73 key jobs in eight growth industries as well as an emerging skills report. The industries profiled were:
- Health Care
- Information Technology
- Tourism and Hospitality
- Transportation and Logistics
The second phase of the project (conducted during the period 2004 to 2006) resulted in three individual reports in the following areas, as well as an emerging skills report:
- Public Health
- Port Newark/Elizabeth
In the final phase of the project (conducted between 2006 and 2008), the center focused on several industries highlighted in the state’s Economic Growth Strategy, as well as on several emerging areas of work, including:
- Life Sciences
- Green Jobs
- Remote Work
Also, as part of the final phase, the Heldrich Center updated previously completed research on the workforce and skill needs of the construction and hospitality industries. Finally, the Heldrich Center also offered technical assistance to New Jersey-based Workforce Investment Boards and One-Stop Career Centers in the use of industry workforce data and information.