ERIC Number: ED022019
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Feb
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Occupational Opportunities and Training Needs for Youth for Non-Farm Agricultural Jobs in Washington State.
The objectives of the study were to identify present and emerging off-farm agricultural occupations and to determine for present and anticipated numbers of employees, competencies needed for entry and advancement, job characteristics, and educational needs. A sample of 472 was drawn from a population of 2,952 firms. Of 437 firms contacted by 60 trained interviewers, 336 employed persons needed agricultural competency. Findings indicated that about 2,200 firms employed about 35,000 persons of which 13,000 (37 percent) in 158 job titles needed agricultural competencies. Each year for the next 5 years, the 2,200 firms will need 240 additional and 400 replacement employees. Employees generally started at 23 to 30 years of age and stayed in a job 11 to 15 years. A wide range of salaries averaged $462 per month and a longer than 40-hour week was prevalent. High school graduation was the minimum educational requirement for most jobs. Farm background and work experience were advantageous to job seekers. Competencies for most job titles included (1) employee relations with supervisors, (2) employee relations with fellow workers, (3) communications, and (4) salesmanship and customer relations. Specific competencies were identified for each ob title, and grouping of competencies was evident. (JM)
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Authoring Institution: Washington State Univ., Pullman. Div. of Agricultural Education.; Washington State Board for Vocational Education, Olympia.