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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 & Initiatives

  • Educators and professionals in computer science say it's crucial to start teaching children about the field early on in their education careers. However, you may be surprised by how advanced elementary students have become when it comes to computer science! Find out how Greene County Elementary School celebrated Computer Science Week and why these kids are invested and taking the content seriously. As the students learn block-based coding when programming robots known as Micro:bits, they are proof of the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in classrooms throughout the state of Iowa. Get more information about resources, projects, and programs similar to this one by visiting FutureReadyIowa.gov For all other workforce resources, please visit IowaWorkforceDevelopment.gov

  • At Eastern Iowa Community College, there's no such thing as "too many chefs in the kitchen." As we celebrate #NationalCulinaryArtsMonth in July, we also wanted to show off the hard-working students in their Registered Apprenticeship program. Find out how students can earn while they learn as a Registered Apprentice by visiting EarnAndLearnIowa.gov

  • Coronavirus relief grants have helped organizations in Iowa fund crucial job training. Recently, the State Center Police Department was able to train, educate, and fill a need for reserve officers with the grant assistance. In the end, 50 candidates will have successfully made it through the program. In some cases, these are communities with one active officer. Watch what they learned from their pursuit training at a driving course. Learn more about Future Ready Iowa grant opportunities at https://www.futurereadyiowa.gov/innovation

  • Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds launched the Child Care Task Force to understand the issues facing child care providers in Iowa and help expand access to quality child care. Child care providers and advocates describe some of the barriers they face and explain how state funding is already helping them solve child care barriers in their community.

  • On March 10, Governor Kim Reynolds signed Executive Order 8, launching a new Child Care Task Force to develop a comprehensive strategy to address the child care shortage and barrier to work in Iowa. The governor also announced awardees of two child care grant programs totaling $13,053,372 and contributing to the creation of more than 4,000 new child care slots across Iowa.

  • Find out how Greene County Elementary School celebrated Computer Science Week and why these kids are invested and taking the content seriously.
  • At Eastern Iowa Community College, there's no such thing as "too many chefs in the kitchen." As we celebrate #NationalCulinaryArtsMonth in July, we also wanted to show off the hard-working students in their Registered Apprenticeship program.
  • The State Center Police Department was able to train, educate, and fill a need for reserve officers with Future Ready Iowa grant assistance.
  • Child care providers and advocates describe some of the barriers they face and explain how state funding is already helping them solve child care barriers in their community.
  • On March 10, Governor Kim Reynolds signed Executive Order 8, launching a new Child Care Task Force to develop a comprehensive strategy to address the child care shortage and barrier to work in Iowa.

 

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 and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 
  4. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
  5. Physicians and Surgeons
  6. Managers, All Other  
  7. Physical Therapists 
  8. General and Operations Managers  
  9. Occupational Therapists  
  10. Computer Systems Engineers/Architects  
  11. Speech-Language Pathologists 
  12. Teacher Assistants  
  13. Accountants  
  14. Medical and Health Services Managers  
  15. Computer Programmers 

 

 

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.