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Opinion: New career opportunities await in post-virus economy

Opinion contributor The coronavirus pandemic is having a profound impact on our job market as millions of Americans are now working from home, often at reduced hours, or, unfortunately, have lost their jobs altogether. Even before the pandemic, policymakers and economists acknowledged a fundamental shift was occurring in the American labor market, with many jobs requiring more specific skills, and new industries emerging as others decline. In fact, a report by the Institute for the Future predicted that 85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 do not exist today.

Many of those jobs may well be in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, which are among the fastest-growing sectors in the nation. On a recent visit to Columbus, I joined with members of the Ohio Business Roundtable to talk about the role STEM education must play in developing a skilled workforce ready to fill the jobs of the future. And whether the jobs are in STEM, or some other field, one thing that remains clear is that new challenges present new possibilities.

To emerge stronger from the shadow of the pandemic and build a prosperous 21st century economy, Americans must embrace the opportunities presented by new job […]

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