ERIC Number: ED200755
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Identifying New and Emerging Occupations for Vocational/Technical Education Planning Purposes.
Russell, Jill Frymier
Locating and assessing new and emerging occupations is a required task for those vocational/technical educators who want to prepare for meeting the needs for skilled workers in the future as well as for those currently in demand. This ongoing process requires contact with a wide range of people and organizations. Information concerning job duties, education and training requirements, employment outlook data, employment settings, career opportunities, agencies and individuals to contact, and existing program offerings all must be assessed when examining a new occupation. Educators must monitor state and national legislation and resulting policy implications, changing economic conditions and social values, and technological developments. Information about jobs can be gained from employers, professional associations, special interest groups, newsletters and publications, and personal conversation and correspondence. Occupational projections available from both traditional and less expected sources should be analyzed by the vocational/technical education planner even when "new" jobs as a category may not be included. State Occupational Information Coordinating Committees may be especially helpful; or surveys of employers can provide occupational projection data as well as other information needed to plan for vocational/technical training. Local factors must always be taken into account prior to implementation of a program for what appears to be a new and emerging occupation. (KC)
Descriptors: Definitions, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Employment Opportunities, Employment Projections, Futures (of Society), Labor Needs, Labor Supply, Needs Assessment, Occupational Information, Occupational Surveys, Research Methodology, Secondary Education, Technical Education, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Identifiers: Emerging Occupations
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981). For related documents see ED 174 766, ED 198 256, and ED 198 260.