How Ramsey County uses gateway occupations
The OGT Model has served useful for informing workforce development program needs and highlighting strategic opportunities for public and private postsecondary institutions to address local talent needs.
For example, Ramsey County Workforce Solutions has leaned in to using this OGT Model to highlight needs in the Hospitality, Finance, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Construction, and Information Technology career clusters, focusing in on thirty critical Gateway Occupations as the promising areas for intervention.
“Leveraging the OGT Model has become a power tool to educate our workforce board members, stakeholders, and jobseekers,” says Ling Becker, Director of Workforce Solutions for Ramsey County. “This model allows us to highlight the opportunities to move along an increasingly higher skilled and better wage pathway while still allowing for matching of skills, interests, and options. It is an innovative approach to Ramsey County’s intentional focus on building and supporting more Learn and Earn models.”
The Top 5 “no college required” Gateway Jobs in the MSP Metro
These are the top five “no college required” Gateway jobs in the MSP Metro that are high-demand (and specifically high-growth), will have more than five hundred new job openings over the next five years, and are likely to experience talent shortages given local talent supplies (as of June 2022):
- Self-Enrichment Teachers – Educators and instructors are in high-demand, and recreation, arts, sports, and driving instructors are no exception. Teaching offers the opportunity to hone skills in public speaking, instruction, facilitation, and planning, while also developing and sharing expertise in a specialized field. These roles in the education and training space typically do not require an advanced degree–though they do require related knowledge of a particular field–and pay a regional average wage of $43,600 annually when full-time.
- Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants – This Health Science career has severely low unemployment rates in the MSP Metro at only 1.7%, or 115 individuals trained in this role who are unemployed. Employment has risen by an average of 1.8% on average over the past five years, and is among the few Gateway Occupations that did not see declining employment during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. These roles pay an average wage of $44,000 annually and typically do not require an advanced degree.
- Flight Attendants – As we see air travel rebounding after the COVID-19 pandemic, support roles to the travel industry will need new talent. After a significant dip in employment over the past two years, an estimated 2,342 new Flight Attendants will be needed in the MSP Metro over the next five years. Traits such as patience, empathy, and leadership coupled with strong communication skills and timeliness are valued and developed in these roles. Companies are already experiencing talent shortages and low training rates of Flight Attendants, and demand is uniquely high in the MSP Metro compared to other regions (an LQ of 2.21). On average, these roles pay about $54,800 annually and often offer unique travel benefits not found in many other fields.
- Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers – These positions are experiencing high talent shortages already in the MSP Metro, and many employers are offering support to interested individuals to obtain the required Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). On average, these roles pay about $47,000 annually.
- Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists – A critical support to all industries, the MSP Metro faces a likely shortage of technicians with the skills to repair and maintain diesel engines in trucks, buses, and construction equipment. These roles are some of the highest wage positions featured in this section, at $57,500 on average annually with typically no postsecondary education required–although mechanical aptitude and/or industry credential demonstrating skill are prerequisites.
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About the co-author
Bryan Lindsley teaches Lasting Results For Complex Problems, an online course for nonprofits, government and philanthropy. His e-book, The Fail List: Top 10 Mistakes of Systems Change Initiatives and How To Avoid Them, is available on his website, where he regularly shares resources for problem solvers and changemakers.