Currently over 20% of the 149 million jobs in America do not require a college degree, but do require some sort of advanced technical training to perform the functions The jobs span across a broad variety of fields and educational levels; including such occupations as carpenters, auto mechanics, data technicians, and electricians.
These science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) job opportunities will increase by 17%, over the next decade for United States citizens, according to a STEM related report. This increase in jobs should basically wipe out America's 7% unemployment rate, if the residents are prepared to take these jobs.
STEM Advantage, the non-profit coalition that prepared the report, is also pushing an initiative that would increase the number of American with STEM skills and educational backgrounds by creating a pathway that gets them prepared earlier for these types of jobs.
The jobs all require a basic level of training and knowledge that could be introduced at the high school level. Later they would be tailored to the exact career path with more advanced technical training. The initial high school programs could be implemented nationally simply because the basic skills required do not vary.
The benefits of this beyond the initial job opportunity: less Americans in debt by not having to pay for expensive and ever increasing college educations debt; less American living at or below the poverty level. STEM jobs tend to pay more and if the basic education is achieved, many American could be the trap of low paying work.