Public Viewpoint

COVID-19 Work and Education Research

Updated February 24, 2021

In the recovering economy, employers will play a central role as Americans look to reskill, upskill, and compete in the workforce. But what do people want and expect from employers’ hiring, advancement, and training practices? In this research we explore the public’s perceptions on skills-based hiring, preferences for employer-provided education and training benefits, and beliefs about who should fund education and training.

This week’s data are based on the Strada Student Viewpoint and Strada-Gallup Education Consumer surveys. The research 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 Center for Education Consumer Insights. Learn more about our research and the value of the education consumer perspective here.



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. For additional dashboards and information click here.

Latest Findings

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7 in 10 Americans (69%) agree employers should hire job candidates who have the required skills and work experience, even if they don’t have a college degree.

Less than half of Americans (48%) say employers in their field are willing to hire skilled workers without degrees.

2 in 5 Americans (42%) say they learn best when their employer is involved.

On average, Americans say financing education and training should be a shared responsibility.

External 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:

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