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ERIC Number: ED237001
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul-14
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Communication Industry Needs and Higher Education Programs: What Are We Doing Now to Prepare for 1990?
Larkin, Paul
Projected workforce requirements in 1990 were related to trends in degrees awarded. A Delphi panel discussed impacts of new technology and problems of technical worker supply in the field of communications, which was used as an example of a changing industry. Delphi participants were provided information about past employment and were told about the forecasts of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' model. After estimating the size of the labor force, the panel projected the number of jobs by 1990. The group also discussed growth trends in communications technology, including problems of supply and the nature of teamwork required in the changing industry. After examining projections and trends for the communications industry as a whole, the panel considered the radio and television broadcasting industry and specific occupations within those industries. It is suggested that since new technologies are creating new job categories, community colleges in particular will have to be flexible and responsive to the changing needs of the industry in order to provide the number of technicians and the team mix required. Implications for policy include an urgent need for college-level teachers of science, math, and engineering; higher standards for math and science in our public schools; and national priorities for workforce training before the end of the 1990s. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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