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America Needs Hispanic Graduates

Hispanics rank as a majority within America’s minority population, making up 12.5% of the current population, and expected to reach about 25% of the U.S. population by 2050 (U.S. Census). This projected growth comes at a critical time in America’s history, as the 21st century requires new skills for America’s work force.

The Hispanic population is growing while the mainstream population ages. The National Intelligence Council’s 2020 Report acknowledges the growing competition from Asia during this time, particularly from China and India.  Much of Asia and Europe are also working to close America’s lead in science and technology.  

America will need to leverage more skilled, well-educated workers in the coming years to stay competitive.  In short, more workers will need at least a college degree if not a graduate degree to succeed in today’s workforce.   America’s skill gap: the lack of skilled workers as America enters the Information Age.  USA  economy is making a huge transition into high-skilled, information-based industries . But America lacks many of the educated knowledge workers to work in science, mathematics, and engineering professions.

This gap will only grow as America’s working population gets older, as persons aged 65 and older will double in the time the Hispanic population will double. So America will struggle with its skills gap while the mainstream population only gets older.  The need for information age workers will match the pace of retirements in coming years.  America will no doubt increasingly rely on the growing numbers of Hispanics to help fill the workforce vacancies. 

The positions that America needs Hispanics to fill will require more technology, innovation, and collaboration than imagined during the Industrial Age.  In The Only Sustainable Edge (2005), John Hagel and John Brown urge business executives to focus on talent development; they direct policy makers, too, toward fostering the growth of America’s talent.  Successful companies must develop innovative thinkers with fluency in lifelong learning skills: communication, problem-solving, literacy.