Both the workforce and the job environment are shifting significantly.
California's workforce will change dramatically over the coming years in several ways. Overall,
the 21st century multiethnic workforce will be the predominantly Latino. Workers will compete
for an ever-increasing number of jobs that require a high level of
science, math, and English reading and writing skills. Older highly skilled workers will
be retiring or looking for new part-time jobs. Job churn, time without work, and other
factors will decrease job security. Businesses, in order to maintain innovation and
skill-driven advantage to keep or to address new markets will seek to raise workers'
productivity, export work to lower cost but equally skilled regions, import skilled
workers, continuously amplify the skills of existing workers, expand the labor pool
by reaching out to mature workers, retirees, reentrants, and career switchers, and
improve their branding as a good employers. California must produce
a skills-driven, multi-ethnic, multi-generational industry-oriented workforce.
The principal four workforce trends to watch for in California are as follows:
- Ethnic shift
- Job Turnover
- Aging skilled workforce
- Influx of veterans and non-traditional workers