Articles by Fed Communities Staff

Opportunity Occupations Revisited
Get insights about opportunity occupations, jobs that pay a good wage without requiring a four-year college degree, in 121 metro areas.
Opportunity Occupations: Joining the Workforce
Toledo, Ohio has the nation's highest share of good jobs that don't require a Bachelor's degree. Our video series explores what's working.
Opportunity occupations, which are good-paying jobs for people without a four-year college degree, are the focus of a short documentary by the Federal Reserve.
Keith Wardrip, community development research manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, defines "opportunity occupations."
Keith Wardrip, community development research manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, explains why identifying opportunity jobs is important to the economy.
Gary Thompson, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Regional Growth Partnership in Toledo, Ohio, shares the importance of local teamwork for building opportunity.
Coleena Ali, vice president of resident services, Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority, explains why four-year degrees aren't the only path to opportunity.
"It may not be college, but it may be some training," says Coleena Ali, vice president of resident services, Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority.
Giving students options when they consider employment means that education, industry, and community need to work hand in hand.
"It will definitely move our community in a different way," says Catherine Crosby, chief of staff to Toledo, Ohio, mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz.