America First Or Last Movement:
Preparing America's Future Workforce

Careers to 21st Century


 College and Career Readiness


 Realizing the No Child Left Behind approach to educate our children is flawed. Our national leaders have decided a new approach focusing on College and Career Readiness.

College and Career Readiness is a key part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative sponsored by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Office to develop a common core of state k-12 English language and mathematics standards.


The initiative’s stated mission is to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy


America First or Last Movement fully supports this initiative, but also understand this will take a grassroots effort to succeed. Knowing unless a high school student truly understands the connection between secondary education and their purpose, all efforts to keep them in school or increase their academic performances are cosmetic and temporary. So how can we help assist them in going about this process?


We’ve listed the fastest growing fields in the 21st century, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Plus, the type of academic skills, and experience needed on the road to those careers. Through our movement, we will try to link students to these fields early, in our national internship program.


Table 7.The 30 fastest-growing occupations,



The 30 fastest-growing occupations

(In thousands)


Occupation                                  Education Requirement


(1)Biomedical engineers                                Bachelor's degree


(2)Network systems and data communications             Bachelor’s degree



(3)Home health aides                                   Short-term on-the-job training


(4)Personal and home care aides                        Short-term on-the-job training


(5)Financial examiners                                 Bachelor’s degree


(6)Medical scientist,                                  Doctoral degree

   except epidemiologists


(7)Physician assistants                                Master's degree


(8)Skin care specialists                               Postsecondary vocational award


(9)Biochemists and biophysicists                       Doctoral degree


(10)Athletic trainers                                  Bachelor's degree


(11)Physical therapist aides                           Short-term on-the-job training


(12)Dental hygienists                                  Associate degree


(13)Veterinary technologists and                       Associate degree



(14)Dental assistants                                  Moderate-term on-the-job training


(15)Computer software engineers,                       Bachelor's degree



(16)Medical assistants                                 Moderate-term on-the-job training


(17)Physical therapist assistants                      Associate degree


(18)Veterinarians First                                Professional degree


(19)Self-enrichment education teachers                 Work experience in a related



(20)Compliance officers, except                        Long-term on-the-job training

    agriculture, construction, health

    and safety, and transportation


(21)Occupational therapist aides                       Short-term on-the-job training


(22)Environmental engineers                            Bachelor’s degree


(23)Pharmacy technicians                               Moderate-term on-the-job training


(24)Computer software engineers, systems               Bachelor’s degree



(25)Survey researchers                                 Bachelor's degree


(26)Physical therapists Master's degree


(27)Personal financial advisors                        Bachelor's degree


(28)Environmental engineering technicians              Associate degree


(29)Occupational therapist assistants                  Associate degree


(30)Fitness trainers and aerobics                      Postsecondary vocational award


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