Celebrate In-Demand Jobs Week

By Cynthia C. DUNGEY

The Vindicator

If there’s one thing I’ve learned after more than four years as director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, it’s that a job is the best anti-poverty program. And the best jobs are those with sustainable wages and promising futures based on the projected number of openings and growth. We call those “in- demand jobs.”

Through 2024, Northeast Ohio is projected to have more than 29,000 in-demand job openings each year, in industries ranging from health care to manufacturing, from finance to construction. Spreading the word about these jobs is a communitywide responsibility – and I encourage Mahoning Valley employers, educators and others to join my state agency and many others in this effort May 7-11, which will be Ohio’s inaugural In-Demand Jobs Week.

Thanks to Gov. John R. Kasich’s signing of Senate Bill 3 in November, In-Demand Jobs Week will be an annual celebration of the jobs, industries and skills that are in demand in Ohio. We encourage business owners, K-12 schools and higher education campuses to plan events and activities that will inspire excitement and awareness among employers, educators, students, parents and job seekers.

Important guides

If you’re interested in getting involved, we’ve made it easy by creating two In-Demand Jobs Week Guides: one for educators and one for business and workforce professionals. They include ideas for finding local partners, hosting events and getting the word out to anyone exploring new career paths. Among other things, the guides contain an interactive “business-education map” so schools, chambers of commerce and higher education institutions can easily find one another. The map will be useful not only for In-Demand Jobs Week, but also for long-term business-education relationships.

Anyone looking for an in- demand job in Ohio should go to OhioMeansJobs.com and click on the “thumbs up” icon. With a few more clicks, you’ll be taken to a list of 236 in- demand occupations across the state. You’ll see a list of current job openings, the education needed for the position and the starting and median wage for each job.

Looking for that first job or searching for a new job takes time and effort, but OhioMeansJobs.com and In-Demand Jobs Week can help Ohioans make an informed choice to pursue a career with a likelihood of long-term success. Whether that career is as a nurse practitioner, a truck driver or an accountant, in Ohio you can be sure to find employment that’s stable, pays well and promises growth. And you can expect to be in demand.

Cynthia Dungey has served as director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services since October 2013.

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