EDUCATION + EMPOWERMENT
Digital skills are increasingly in-demand and necessary for middle-income jobs, as 82% of middle-income jobs require digital literacy and usage. This need is trending upward, increasing by 4% since 2015. Digital skills are not only increasing in need, but also are more lucrative than non-digital middle-income jobs. Digital middle-income jobs pay 17% more than non-digitized counterparts. Across the workforce, digital middle-income jobs make up 38% of all job postings. The sectors most compatible or most likely to be early adopters of digital skills are transportation, construction, and the trades. Before COVID, the PA Governor indicated that within the next decade, 7 in 10 jobs will require computer skills. COVID-19 has brought that timeline forward.
Being smart-phone reliant rather than having computer access present a further challenge to searching for jobs and maintaining a resume. Addressing the digital divide requires the promotion of connectivity and opportunity.