Governor Kay Ivey and the Governor’s Office of Education and Workforce Statistics are conducting a survey to identify the occupational characteristics of the most in-demand jobs in Alabama.

The Governor’s Survey of Employer Competencies (GSEC) was established in 2020 as a component of the Commitment to the Alabama Worker, a pledge among Alabama’s employers to complete the GSEC annually. The goal of the GSEC is to gain insight on key jobs and to assist the Alabama Committee on Credentialing and Career Pathways with fulfilling its mandate to establish annual lists of regional and statewide in-demand occupations, credentials of value, career pathways, and competency models.

It asks employers to provide information about high-demand occupations and occupations that are the most difficult to find qualified workers to fill. In addition, the survey seeks employers’ comments on education, licenses, credentials, and competencies required.

As Alabama moves forward with designing an education and workforce training system aligned to the demands of business and industry, obtaining a clear picture of the skills and credentials required by Alabama companies is essential. The survey will identify the competencies and credentials required for occupations, that are critical for growth and a competitive landscape.

“The information we receive from the survey will help us develop education and workforce training programs that prepare students and job seekers for the most in-demand jobs in our state,” said Tim McCartney, the chairman of the Alabama Workforce Council.

The survey can be accessed here, and it is imperative that we get a representative response from small, medium, and large-size companies. The response period will begin on November 1, 2021, and will conclude on January 31, 2022.

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