ERIC Number: ED207423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Telecommunications: A Labor Market Analysis. New Jersey Manpower Series. Volume 1.
As a result of the recent growth in the telecommunications industry, most notably the rapid development of cable television, attention is being drawn to the need for qualified personnel in the field. This report analyzes the need in New Jersey for personnel both in the telecommunications industry generally and in cable specifically. As background for the labor market analysis, recent trends in cable development, possible futures for the field, and general categories of jobs available within the industry are reviewed. This is followed by an analysis of specific manpower needs, based principally upon the results of statewide employment surveys and supplemented by a review of current publications, as well as extensive interviews with local and national experts. An analysis of the need for educational programs in the state, with respect to both specific manpower needs and the appropriate fit between the skills and knowledge required and the level of education provided, is then presented. Finally, the high start-up and maintenance costs of such programs are detailed. It is concluded that the need for qualified personnel will grow at a rapid pace in the foreseeable future. Several recommendations are offered, such as: (1) a maximum of three educational programs in telecommunications should be developed at the associate degree level in New Jersey as soon as feasible; (2) due to the high costs of such programs, only schools already equipped should establish such programs; (3) the proposed programs should be developed to provide students with marketable skills in a rapidly changing market; and (4) no additional educational programs should be offered in telecommunications at the community college level prior to the completion of follow-up studies of the first cohorts of graduates of the three recommended programs. The appendix includes the employment survey instruments and covering memoranda. (Author/LC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Jersey State Board of Higher Education, Trenton.