ERIC Number: ED227324
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Occupational Impact of Significant Technological Innovation: Hi-Tech and the Jobs Future. Research Review No. 11.
Stanley, Patrick A.
Impacts from the major high technological changes now underway cut across all industrial sectors and most occupational clusters. Technological innovation can increase or decrease the total number of types of jobs. Decline in employment may be offset, however, by new applications and capabilities of goods and services or by employment shifts. While fairly clear estimates of where technology will affect industry have been made, it is not always clear what occupational titles are involved. Different studies have suggested varying occupational growth rates. A joint labor union-management program has been called for to ensure workers of an early-warning system of advanced information about management plans for future innovations that might cause job losses or other problems. More frequent skills upgrading of technical personnel will be required due to accelerating technological obsolescence. Job content and worker qualities will be increasingly modified. New linkages between the private sector and vocational education programs will be required to keep the curriculum current and graduates employable. As technological change occurs faster, a revolution will be seen in the need for and delivery of occupational information to keep individuals aware of labor market needs. (YLB)
Descriptors: Demand Occupations, Employment Opportunities, Employment Projections, Futures (of Society), Industry, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Market, Labor Needs, Labor Supply, Occupational Information, Postsecondary Education, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Skill Obsolescence, Skilled Workers, Technological Advancement, Unemployment, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hawaii State Occupational Information Coordinating Committee, Honolulu.