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Gap Between Students' Aptitudes and Their Career Interests Focus of New Report

By Kristal Kuykendall | 07/27/22

U.S. students’ aptitudes far outweigh their interest in career clusters where significant job growth is forecast, revealing an exposure gap that will continue impacting the workforce as a skills gap unless schools can better help students find their “why” and then draw connections to related career options, according to a new study from student aptitude and career guidance platform YouScience.

The State of The Future U.S. Workforce: Student Ability Report, released this week by YouScience, is based on anonymized data from 239,843 high school students’ Discovery aptitude assessments completed during 2021, according to the report summary. The students represented by the data were from all 50 states, and almost evenly split between male (47%) and female (53%) students, YouScience said.

The analysis of the assessments reveals that “students have the aptitudes, or talent, to excel in today's in-demand jobs, but often lack interest in these fields, in some cases due to lack of knowledge about available careers,” the report said.

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