Maximize the Middle
Take a shorter path to a good job

[1]
What is a Middle Job?
Middle Skills (more than high school, less than bachelor’s degree) + Middle Class Income (over $35,000 a year)
[2]
Half of all Jobs
paying middle-class wages are middle jobs.
[3]
Where Are the Middle Jobs?*

Blue collar – 32%
Office, managerial and professional – 25%
Sales and office support – 22%
Healthcare professional and technical – 9%
The rest: STEM (science, technical, engineering and math) – 6%; Food and personal service – 5%; Community services and arts – 1%
[4]
How Much Do All Middle Skills Jobs Pay?

14% $75,000 or more
25% $50,000 -$74,999
23% $35,000 – $49,999
38% $34,999 or less
[5]
How Do You Get a Middle Skills Education?*

Employer training
Industry certificate
Apprenticeship
Postsecondary certificate
Associate’s degree
• These avenues can overlap. For example, industry certifications and employer training are pursued by workers at many levels of education, and apprentices are sometimes awarded a postsecondary certification upon the completion of a program. Your community college may offer some or all of these programs.
[6]
Some of the Fastest Growing Middle Jobs

Public relations specialists
Marketing and sales managers
Firefighters
Financial service sales agents
Dental hygienist
Computer network architects
Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

Source:
Career and Technical Education: Five ways that pay along the way to the B.A., September 2012, Georgetown Public Policy Institute