ERIC Number: ED179824
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: 0
New and Emerging Occupations: A Process for Monitoring and Identifying the Impacts for Vocational and Technical Education.
Pointing out that new and emerging jobs may appear at the local, regional, state, or national level, this paper offers definitions and then goes on to group the changes influencing appearance or emergence of new jobs. The five groups of change factors are (1) technological change, (2) demographic change, (3) legislation, (4) life style changes, and (5) resource changes. It is noted that a combination of factors usually leads to the creation of new jobs and it is largely up to vocational educators (with help from employers) to begin information gathering as early as possible. Educators are urged to continue monitoring trends and the working environment. Follow-up studies of graduates may signal emerging needs, too. The procedure recommended is for the vocational educator to gather, analyze, and interpret data, decide if a program is needed, write a job description, develop and validate a job task list, and then add this input to the regular curriculum development process. The author also discusses low and high risk strategies for infusing new content into the educational process. (CP)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Definitions, Demand Occupations, Demography, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Employment Opportunities, Labor Market, Labor Needs, Needs Assessment, Occupations, Social Change, Social Influences, Technical Education, Technological Advancement, Vocational Education
Center for Vocational, Technical and Adult Education, 226 Applied Arts Building, Menomonie, Wisconsin 54751 ($1.00; $0.60 for ten)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ. - Stout, Menomonie. Center for Vocational, Technical and Adult Education.
Identifiers: Emerging Occupations
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Vocational Association (Anaheim, California, December, 1979)