Each step on the career pathway offers opportunities for advancement. The pathway prepares you for the next level, whether it is employment or education.
By focusing on in-demand industry credentials and certification, Career Pathways aligns you with the needs of Virginia’s workforce – targeting jobs important to the local economy.
Of the 1.5 million job vacancies expected in the next decade in Virginia, more than half will require more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree. Instead, businesses will seek job applicants who hold an associate’s degree and/or industry-recognized certifications.
Middle-skill jobs account for 49 percent of Virginia’s labor market, but only 40 percent of the state’s workers are trained to the middle-skill level, according to the National Skills Coalition.
The following websites offer tools and resources to lead you on your career pathway, including what jobs are in demand in Virginia, what training is required and where you can find the necessary training and/or education:
Virginia's vocational rehabilitation agencies offer individuals with disabilities a new way to navigate their career. Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities (CPID) encourages individuals to attain marketable career credentials, qualify for skilled jobs and earn a livable wage.
CPID targets Virginia's high-growth industry sectors, identifies advanced credentials and provides work-based training programs. Industries include modern manufacturing, logistics and information technology. Other industries may be added within the next five years.
Today's manufacturing environment is not the factory of yesterday. Almost 234,000 people are employed in manufacturing in Virginia. Modern manufacturing jobs are highly skilled and require multiple credentials. The average salary in Virginia is $34,000 with an additional 40 percent in benefits. Logistics offers a variety of opportunities from shipping and receiving to advanced technology logistics planning.
“Dream It. Do It. Virginia” academies are held each summer. Offerings include advanced technology topics such as robotics, drones, 3-D imaging, welding and solar-powered water purification. For more information, visit www.dreamitdoitvirginia.com.
Candidates should be seeking employment and have middle school reading and math levels. Potential participants will be given a vocational assessment and are considered on an individual basis, with preference given to those with higher math levels.
Manufacturing credentials including Manufacturing Technician, Manufacturing Specialist, OSHA 10 and Career Readiness Certification are desired and often required by many businesses so it will increase job opportunities.