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10/11/2010

Texas' student career interests don't match up with projected job supply, ACT says

Grad Gifts 09 Are students prepared for college and careers?

That's the question ACT asks in its new "Condition of College & Career Readiness 2010" report. In Texas, as across the nation, many students fall short of ACT benchmarks for college readiness. And not enough are interested in the careers where there will be the most demand for new workers in the decade ending 2018, ACT says.

Click here to view the report's Texas summary.

In Texas, here's the report's data on percent of projected annual job openings requiring at least a two-year college degree, and the percentage of 2010 ACT-tested high school graduates interested in those jobs:

* Education: 20 percent of job openings, 10 percent of grads interested.

* Management: 11 percent of job openings, 8 percent of grads interested.

* Computer/information specialties: 10 percent of job openings, 2 percent of grads interested.

* Marketing and sales: 8 percent of job openings, 2 percent of grads interested.

* Healthcare: 7 percent of job openings, 8 percent of grads interested.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram

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