THE CHALLENGE There will be roughly 740,000 job openings over the next five years in Washington state. Of these openings, the majority will require some level of post high school education and many are in high-demand STEM fields and provide family-wage employment. Opportunities to access these great jobs are rapidly growing. Young people can look forward to working for some of the world’s most innovative companies as marine engineers, dental hygienists, viticulturists, wind turbine technicians, or programmers. Fortunately, there are multiple pathways to these and other STEM jobs, including apprenticeships, postsecondary certification programs, two-year technical degrees, and four-year university degrees.
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