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COVID-19 Work and Education Survey

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Updated June 24, 2020

As Americans consider how COVID-19 has disrupted their work, education, and daily lives, many are looking ahead to how education and training might shape their futures. One in three American workers say they would change careers if they lost their jobs, meaning many  would need to reskill. But who is most interested in changing fields? What fields will they look to move into? And what do they want their education or training to look like?

This week’s data also shows what is motivating the workers looking to change fields—and for about half, the decision isn’t about finances or career advancement.

This nationally representative survey, based on more than 11,000 responses collected between March 25 and June 11, is intended to provide insights to the education and training providers, policymakers, employers, and individual Americans who are navigating the COVID-19 crisis.

Public Viewpoint is led by Strada Consumer Insights. Learn more about our research and the value of the education consumer perspective here.


Weekly Dashboard

This interactive dashboard explores the experiences and perspectives of a nationally representative sample of American adults as they navigate the COVID-19 crisis and its impacts on work and education. Click the statement and variable categories below to discover more about the effects of this crisis on everyday Americans.

Released June 24: Reskilling and Changing Careers in the Midst of COVID-19

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One out of three workers (35%) say they would change their field of work if they lost their job.

For workers interested in changing job fields, the fields they are most likely to transition into are business fields (18%), information technology (14%), or finance (9%).


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Workers’ motivations for wanting to change fields are split evenly between those wanting to earn more money or climb a career ladder and nonfinancial motivations such as more autonomy, better fit, or more meaningful work.

 

While many workers who are looking to make a career transition need to reskill, less than half (44%) of Americans say they have access to the education and training they want.

 

Americans strongly prefer nondegree programs and skills training over degree programs.


Further Resources

Charting the new path forward takes all of us, and Strada will continue to update our COVID-19 Resource Center with immediate needs, actionable data, future strategies, and virtual events to help stakeholders stay informed and communities connected. 

In addition, we’re tracking surveys and findings from many of the partners and organizations assessing how COVID-19 is impacting Americans’ attitudes and experiences related to education and work:


Earlier Findings

Released June 10: Disparities in Disruption: COVID-19’s Disproportionate Impact on Work and Education for People of Color

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Released May 20: Education disruption, enrollment, and advice

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Released May 13: New Jobs

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Released May 6: Trends by Job Fields

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Released April 29: Trends in Education Plans

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Released April 22: Impact Differences by Race/Ethnicity

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Released April 15: Generational Differences in Impact

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Released April 8: National Overview

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Released April 1: National Overview

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* Survey completed weekly by Heart+Mind Strategies on behalf of the Center for Consumer Insights.

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