A total of 62 percent of all jobs in the state will require a post-secondary education by 2018, but less than 35.6 percent of Iowa's population age 25 and older holds an associate degree or higher credential today, according to a report released by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission.


The Condition of Higher Education in Iowa 2014 report is meant to give policymakers an overview of the state's population in relation to college readiness and affordability.


Other findings:

  • An aging population will make it important for more adults to pursue higher education.
  • Iowans with a bachelor's degree will earn about 60 percent more than individuals with only a high school diploma and 110 percent more than those with less than a high school diploma.
  • There are expected to be fewer students in the college pipeline in the future as the population of people under the age of 44 is expected to decrease through 2030.
  • Iowa's percentage of people over the age of 25 with an associate or higher degree ranks No. 26 out of the 50 states.

To see the report, click here.