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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.



  • 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


  • 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.

  • No matter if you're a high school student or someone looking to make a jump to a new career field, registered apprenticeships are a great option to help you earn and learn. Apprentices at Broadlawns Medical Center share how their registered apprenticeship program is preparing them for a high-demand career. 

  • Information Technology has become a high-demand career field in Iowa. An innovative partnership between a Des Moines school and an Iowa transportation company allows students to earn a living while learning how to apply their skills in the real world.

  • Virtual Mentoring helps students stay connected during COVID-19
  • 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
  • Broadlawns Medical Apprenticeship
  • IT Apprenticeship at Ruan

Learning opportunities on coursera

Access FREE online courses with Iowa Workforce Development and Coursera. Register and enroll in courses by September 30, 2020 and complete those courses by December 31, 2020 at no cost to you. 

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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. Heavy & Tractor Trailer Truck Drivers
  3. Nursing Assistants
  4. Physicians & Surgeons, all other
  5. Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurses
  6. General Operations Managers
  7. Managers, all others
  8. Sales Managers
  9. Occupational Therapists
  10. Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
  11. Teacher Assistants
  12. Accountants
  13. Physical Therapists
  14. Family & General Practitioners
  15. Compensation, Benefits & Job Analysis Specialists 



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.