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• Tuesday, June 08th, 2010

By Sharon Silke Carty, USA TODAY

It seems counterintuitive, but the auto industry could face a labor shortage within the next few years, says the head of the Center for Automotive Research.

While 228,000 auto jobs have been shed in the past two years, the industry is poised to add about 15,000 this year and could need up to 100,000 new workers a year from 2011 through 2013 as the recession recovery continues, says David Cole, chairman of the non-profit organization that looks at trends related to the auto industry and society.

The new jobs won’t necessarily be filled by those displaced workers. Automakers need workers with more and different skills than in the past on the factory floor, Cole says. Among priorities: computer skills and the ability to work with less supervision than their predecessors. That likely means education beyond high school.

So, if you have an inclination toward science and math, the world needs you in a big way as it continues to move toward green jobs and a green economy.

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