When it comes to putting more Americans to work, employers' biggest complaint lately is a lack of qualified workers. For many job seekers that's a Catch-22: They need more training to get a job, but need a job to get the training.
It's an issue that affects all types of employment, not just jobs that require a four-year college degree, such as computer programming. Machinists, for example, are in strong demand within several sectors of the U.S. economy. The well-paying, high-tech profession doesn't require that workers have a bachelor's degree but some technical training is needed. Once that level of proficiency is attained, additional skills are usually gained on the job.