Filling the Skills Gap

Skills Gap

Current Skills Gap Misery Index


A reading of 100 or more means the skills gap has widened since December 2000 and a reading of under 100 means it is improving.

The Skills Gap Misery Index is refreshed monthly and calculated by adding the job openings in the JOLT report to the number of Americans in the U-6 Unemployment Rate.

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The training challenges ahead are great, but if we are going to retool the U.S. workforce, it will require our finest college instructors looking for ways to make their courses more relevant than ever before.
— Dr. Bill R. Path

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology is a recognized leader in applied technology education providing graduates with the most in-demand skills.

In its “Bridging the Skills Gap” series, the Tulsa World examines the state’s workforce challenges along with some of the innovative solutions provided by both industry and higher education.

Tulsa World Media Company

The series is a joint effort between the news and editorial sections and includes a column by Associate Editor Mike Jones “OSUIT: The University of Jobs” as well as an op-ed by Dr. Path that frames OSUIT’s critical role in developing the workforce.

Filling the Skills Gap One Graduate at a Time

OSUIT: The University of Jobs

It’s not Okmulgee Tech, that little school just south of here that teaches auto mechanics, any longer. It hasn’t been for some time.

It’s Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, and it’s one of the best opportunities for young people to obtain skills in an impressive variety of fields...

Read More Published on Sunday, June 29, 2014 in Tulsa World
By Mike Jones, Assoc. Editor of Tulsa World

How can you get a high-paying, high-skilled job in Oklahoma?

The newest building on the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology campus looks more like a series of repair shops than classrooms.

In each room are lines of tractors, compressors and engines. Instead of the names of past educators on the walls, the rooms are named after industrial giants such as Devon Energy, Koch Industries and Williams...

Read More Published on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 in Tulsa World
By Kyle Arnold, Business Writer of Tulsa World

Want a better job? Some companies are willing to pay your tuition

Managers at Pryor manufacturer American Castings are thrilled to pay the tuition bills for the 30 employees who took after-hours classes last year.

Human resources manager Lori Nichols said it’s one of the best ways to find the future leaders at the plant and to replace the skilled workers who are retiring...

Read More Published on Thursday, July 3, 2014 in Tulsa World
By Kyle Arnold, Business Writer of Tulsa World

OSUIT meeting the needs of employers

You may have heard the term “skills gap” used to describe the disparity between those unemployed looking for a job and companies with jobs looking for employees.

According to a 2014 study by CareerBuilder, more than half of the country’s employers have open positions, but cannot find qualified candidates.

At the same time, 39 percent of people under 25 years old are unemployed or underemployed, and 8 percent of people under 25 who have a four-year degree cannot find a job at all...

Read More Published on Monday, June 30, 2014 in Tulsa World
By Dr. Bill R. Path, OSUIT President

OSUIT Career Fair
Tuesday Feb. 16, 2016 | Covelle Hall

Get a head start on your career. Students in Construction Technology, Energy Technologies, Engineering Technologies, Information Technologies, & Visual Communications Technologies can attend the career fair and meet with potential employers and internship sponsors.

Make connections, meet representatives from companies in your field of study and learn about the opportunities for your future career, whether you’re about to graduate or are looking into possible internships.

Some of the previous Career Fair Employers

  • AEP
  • Airgas
  • Cherokee Corp
  • Chesapeake
  • Chevron
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Halliburton
  • Koch Pipeline
  • MidCon Compression
  • OG&E
  • Phillips 66
  • RAE Corporation
  • Texas Instruments

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