University of Phoenix Career Institute® was created to address broad, persistent and systemic barriers to career advancement through research-based solutions and impactful partnerships that break down barriers Americans face in their careers.
CAREER OPTIMISM INDEX®
A comprehensive study of American workers’ career perceptions
The 2022 Career Optimism Index® found that while optimism remains stable, Americans aren't confident in their current skills, think employers aren’t doing enough to help them upskill/reskill and, therefore, feel replaceable. Employers were included in the 2022 study, and the disconnect between workers and employers is significant in some areas.
52% of American workers say they are easily replaceable in their job position and 41% worry about losing their jobs.
While employers seem to understand this, the disconnect is still significant: they fail to understand how acute employees' need for career advocates is and how limited skill development opportunities are.
68% of workers would stay in jobs if there were more opportunities to upskill; but, employers cite a range of barriers to investing in learning and development.
UOPX Researchers & Faculty Share Their Perspectives
Read white papers by University of Phoenix College of Doctoral Studies researchers and faculty who have dug deeper into the 2021 Career Optimism Index®. New white papers are now being shared with insights from the 2022 Index!