Jobs that are listed as requiring work experience or on-the-job training typically don’t require education beyond high school. However, when there are many people looking for jobs, there are times when degrees are used as a selection criteria even though they aren’t required.
Nearly all jobs require reading for information, locating information and applied math. Regardless of whether you plan to acquire more education and training, high skills in all three areas are beneficial. Taking a test called WorkKeys and acquiring a Career Readiness Certificate will be valuable in that it provides proof to employers that you have these skills.
There are three levels of certification - Gold, Silver and Bronze. Research shows that jobs paying $30 per hour or more require a Gold level, $20 - $30 per hour requires a silver level and $10 - $20 per hour requires a bronze level.
If you wish to improve these skills, training programs are available by contacting your local workforce center. The local workforce center can also help you find a job.