The Future of Work

Methods & Acknowledgements

About This Project

The Future of Work project is a collaboration of Talent 2025 and Calvin University’s Center for Social Research.

It began with a recognition that current outcomes for K-12 students are too narrow, while workforce development prioritizes re-employment. Even as the evolution of the modern workplace accelerates, it is clear we lack a long-term plan to develop our talent to meet emerging needs and changes in industry.

The first phase of the project brought together a core project team from leading companies and organizations. This team reviewed existing research and data on the effects of automation and other technologies. The second phase drew from recommendations of 32 focus group participants representing K-12, post-secondary, workforce development and employers.


An Ongoing Effort

The dashboards in the Data, Research and Insights section are interactive. These draw from 20 years of state-level data for 21 job sectors, more than 802 occupations, and 16 soft skills defined by the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET.

Users are encouraged to conduct their own analysis by adjusting parameters for date range, geography, occupation, soft skills and more.

You also are encouraged to share your findings or explore how to get involved with advancing our recommendations:

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Although statewide information is currently displayed in the interactives throughout the report, we are working to include detailed information for geographies as small as metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) and should have the capability to report MSA-level data very soon. These customized outputs will be made available to interested parties for a nominal fee through Calvin University's Center for Social Research.Request MSA-level Data

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