Today, it’s increasingly vital to have an education beyond high school. Post-secondary education or technical training brings endless possibilities and opportunities.

Technical or “middle skills” careers are in demand in York County and across the United States. It is predicted that one-third of the 47 million job openings that will be created in the next six years will require an associate’s degree or certificate.

“Middle skills” careers require education and training beyond high school, but less than a four-year degree. That means you can earn a degree and get started in a high-paying job within two years or less.

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  • The unemployment rate for those with post-secondary education or technical training is only 4.6 percent; those with only a high school diploma is nearly 10 percent.
  • 24 of the 30 fastest-growing occupations require education beyond high school—including those with technical training certifications. (Source: Bureau of Labor & Statistics)
  • In a 2011 survey, 44 percent of PA manufacturers have open jobs due to a mismatch between the skills that job seekers have and those required by the job the company has open.
  • By 2018, 47 million job openings are projected and one-third of them will require an associates degree or certificate. (Source: Harvard experts)

York County FACTS:

  • The average age of individuals working in manufacturing is 58.
  • When Surveyed, local companies were asked what their greatest workforce challenge are:
  • 55 percent of respondents indicated they had difficulty finding qualified applicants
  • 43 percent of respondents indicated they had difficulty finding applicants with a vocational diploma or certificate.

Brought to you by the York County Alliance for Learning (YCAL) and York County Economic Alliance’s (YCEA) Office of Workforce Development.


YCAL works with businesses and schools to provide career education, relevant academic experiences, and work based experiences for students and educators in York County. The goal is to help students become successful lifelong learners and to help make informed career decisions.

The YCEA’s Office of Workforce Development works to engage employers, educators and community partners to create a life-long learning environment that attracts and retains strong businesses and a diverse, talented workforce critical for sustaining a vibrant community and a growing innovative economy.

The Careers in 2 Years campaign is intended to raise awareness about career opportunities that are available with education and training that can be completed in two years or less. Individuals are encouraged to be educated consumers in regards to their post-secondary plans. Take the time to research career choices, cost for education and the anticipated wages, before enrolling in any post-secondary program.