ERIC Number: ED259216
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Jobs of the Future. Overview. ERIC Digest No. 46.
Although 6 of the 20 fastest growing occupations are associated with high technology, only about 7 percent of all new jobs projected for the remainder of the century will be in high-tech areas. Bureau of Labor Statistics data indicate that far more job openings will occur in low- and entry-level occupations than in highly skilled or professional occupations. Many analysts feel that it is still impossible to assess the impact of high technology on the labor market of the future and it seems highly unlikely that individuals will be able to hold the same job for the 40 or 50 years of their working lives. Therefore, vocational educators should concentrate on providing students with sound training in the basic and transferrable skills, encouraging student participation in a system of recurrent or lifelong education, and developing a program of technological literacy education that would begin in the elementary grades and extend through the postsecondary grades. Most planners agree that, even at the postsecondary level, vocational educators should emphasize development of transferrable skills and should, for the most part, leave job-specific training to those industries hiring vocational graduates. (MN)
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Patterns, Employment Projections, Futures (of Society), Job Training, Labor Market, Lifelong Learning, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education, School Business Relationship, School Role, Skill Development, Technological Advancement, Technological Literacy, Transfer of Training, Trend Analysis, Vocational Education
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.