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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.


Child Care Challenge

Grants supporting affordable child care across Iowa.



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. 


  • Registered Apprenticeships allow for businesses to develop a pipeline of talented workers. See how Truck Country developed a program where they train their own employees to become top technicians! #Iowa(link is external) #DieselTechnician(link is external) #FutureReadyIowa(link is external) #RegisteredApprenticeship(link is external)

  • 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!

  • Lakeside Village is a Senior Community Center in Panora, Iowa. With the help of the Coronavirus Relief Fund Employer Innovation Grant, the staff was able to receive certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant at a local CNA training center. Now they're able to better care for their senior citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • 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. 

  • Registered Apprenticeships allow for businesses to develop a pipeline of talented workers.
  • Virtual Mentoring helps students stay connected during COVID-19
  • You may have heard the name before, but what is Future Ready Iowa?
  • Coronavirus Relief Fund Employer Innovation Grant helps Iowans get CNA certified.
  • Governor Kim Reynolds highlights several workforce initiatives in her 2020 Condition of the State address


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. Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational Nurses
  5. Physicians & Surgeons, all other
  6. General Operations Managers
  7. Managers, all others
  8. Occupational Therapists
  9. Physical Therapists
  10. Teacher Assistants
  11. Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
  12. Medical and Health Services Managers
  13. Family and General Practitioners
  14. Accountants
  15. Medical Assistants



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.