Having a college education may be more important than ever for job seekers in Illinois and around the nation.
A new report from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce shows that more than half - 53 percent - of the online job postings in Illinois are for positions that require at least a four-year college degree.
"Illinois has lots of jobs for college graduates and is not overproducing college graduates," said center director Dr. Tony Carnevale, an economist and lead author of the report. "That's what this says, essentially."
Carnevale said the research involved analyzing more than 160,000 online job ads in the state, and several million across the country, to see which career fields are the most promising by state. He said most college-level job postings are for software and application developers and computer occupations.
Carnevale said the report underscores the need to go to college to get a good job, but also to get a degree that is directly related to the field of work.
"The texture of what employers are looking for is changing, in the sense that they're much more focused on specialization and degree specialization," he said. "They care what you majored in college, as much as they care whether or not you went."
The report said jobs in engineering and health-care fields figured prominently in online ads across the nation.
The report is online at cew.georgetown.edu.