The United States labor market has been evolving, and leaving in its wake a wide ecosystem of jobs that are loosely known as "middle skill" positions. This term has been widely used to describe any job that requires more than a high school diploma, but less than a four year degree. While that range may sound limiting, quite the opposite is true. The majority of jobs in the US now fall under this umbrella.

In a comprehensive whitepaper, produced by Whiteboard Advisors, the notion of "middle skill" is re-imagined and better articulated as a skills spectrum. "Unstuck in the Middle" reviews the market's evolution and makes the case for a new taxonomy of skills attainment. The proposed skills spectrum will enable employers to close their growing skills gaps by better defining their labor needs, while also empowering workers to better identify their own skills and experiences.

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