ERIC Number: ED262854
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Howard County Employer Survey, 1983-1984. Final Report.
Radcliffe, Susan K.; Nespoli, Lawrence A.
In summer 1983, the Howard County Employment Planning Council, Howard Community College, and several other county agencies and businesses joined forces in a countywide planning activity designed to identify important employment trends in the county and to define the need for training and retraining programs in response to those trends. A survey was mailed to 1,642 employers in Howard County, and all respondents were invited to participate in follow-up discussion meetings. Study findings, based on responses from 16% of the firms surveyed, included the following: (1) over 50% of the responding firms had 10 or fewer employees; (2) of the 15,681 employees represented by the sample, two-thirds were employed by the larger businesses; (3) within the workforce represented by the sample, 15% of the employees were in clerical occupations, 13% were in scientific-engineering occupations, 12% were in assembly occupations, and 9% were in management-related jobs; (4) the five occupations considered most critical to the long-range growth of the industries were management-related jobs, sales, clerical jobs, and computer and office equipment operations; (5) the majority of the employers saw skills in working with people as more important than data skills (e.g., computing, compiling and analyzing) and "thing" skills (e.g., tending, manipulating, and operating); (6) 73% of the respondents said that computerization and automation were the major technological changes which would affect their industry; and (7) the major training needs were seen in high technology, electronic data processing, office automation, and computers. The study report includes information on Howard County training and education resources for business and residents. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Howard Community Coll., Columbia, MD. Office on Institutional Research.; Howard County Employment Planning Council, MD.