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Future Ready Iowa connects Iowans to the education and training required for good paying jobs and careers to improve people's lives. The Future Ready Iowa goal is to have 70 percent of Iowans with education and training beyond high school by 2025. 


Future Ready Iowa Programs


Last-Dollar Scholarship

Learn more about the Last-Dollar Scholarship.


Employer Innovation Fund

Business solutions that can help your organization.


Registered Apprenticeship

View information about Registered Apprenticeship programs in the state.



Coronavirus Relief Fund Grant Awardees

A series of Coronavirus Relief Fund grants were awarded to support Iowa's workforce though job training opportunities for those whose employment was affected by the pandemic. View the awardees for the Employer Innovation Fund Grant, the Registered Apprenticeship Expansion Grant, and the Earn and Learn Grant. 


  • Hear from Iowans as we celebrate Registered Apprenticeship week 2020.  Learn why a Registered Apprenticeship program may be right for you or your company

  • As learning moves to virtual classrooms amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic, one Future Ready Iowa Program is uniquely equipped to help students navigate their courses and future careers. The FRI Virtual Mentoring program connects Last-Dollar Scholarship students with mentors in their chosen fields.  For more about the program, click this link: https://futurereadyiowamentoring.chronus.com/about


  • You may have heard the name before, but what is Future Ready Iowa? Hit play and find out!

  • Governor Kim Reynolds highlighted several workforce programs during her 2020 Condition of the State address. In addition, she laid out her administration's workforce priorities for 2020 and beyond. 

  • The Iowa Restaurant Association recently was awarded $50,000 from the Future Ready Iowa Employer Innovation Fund. The Association's ProStart program helps place aspiring chefs into kitchens around the state for training and mentoring. The funding helps them put on a massive statewide cooking competition that pits teams of high school chefs against each other...and the clock.

  • Hear from Iowans as we celebrate Registered Apprenticeship week 2020. 
  • Virtual Mentoring helps students stay connected during COVID-19
  • You may have heard the name before, but what is Future Ready Iowa?
  • Governor Kim Reynolds highlights several workforce initiatives in her 2020 Condition of the State address
  • Employer Innovation Fund Helps High School Students Compete in the Kitchen


High Demand Jobs in Iowa


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High-Demand Jobs in Iowa



View Careers with 2 Years of Education/Training or Less



Colleges Offering High-Demand Programs



Top Job Postings on IowaWORKS.gov

  1. Registered Nurses
  2. Nursing Assistants 
  3. Heavy & Tractor Trailer Truck Drivers
  4. Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurses
  5. Physicians & Surgeons, all other
  6. General Operations Managers
  7. Managers, all others
  8. Teacher Assistants
  9. Occupational Therapists
  10. Speech & Language Pathologists
  11. Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
  12. Computer Programmers
  13. Physical Therapists
  14. Critical Care Nurses
  15. Accountants



Explore more about Future Ready Iowa

Searchable Job List

Learn more about high-demand jobs throughout the state.

Get Involved

Everyone has a part of Future Ready Iowa. 

Accessibility at the Workplace

Learn about creating an inclusive Future Ready Iowa with this training series.

Iowa's Current Skills Gap

See the data behind Iowa's skill gap.


Iowa's Career Coach

Discover in-demand careers and education/training based on your interests!

Future Ready Iowa Alliance

Learn about Future Ready Iowa's development and strategic plan.