ERIC Number: ED266245
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Bridging the Skills Gap. Working Paper Part II: High Technology and Related Occupations.
Kaplan, Christine E.
This part of a 2-part working paper identifies and describes major occupational groups that are characteristic of high technology manufacturing and service industries as well as employment sectors that use high technology products in their provision of goods and services. The paper is based on a review of a wide range of employment projections made by federal agencies, independent forecasters and others, and was prepared in the hope that these indicators may provide a foundation upon which an equitable distribution of new high technology jobs to women can be built. An introduction discusses women's employment in the high technology industries today and in the future. The occupational profiles are divided into four sections. Section I groups technical occupations that are typical of microelectronics-based manufacturing and other industries that have adopted computerized systems. These range from bench assemblers to electrical engineers. Section II discusses computer-based jobs that are becoming common in most employment sectors. The primary focus is on data processing professionals and computer operators. Section III profiles selected occupations, complementary to high technology but also associated with other employment sectors. These include mathematics specialists and sales and marketing personnel. These first three sections provide job descriptions and requirements and employment and earnings data. Section IV covers technical occupations that are developing in response to emerging technologies. The focus is on defining the technologies rather than on specific occupations. Appendixes include three charts showing the job outlook in brief for over 200 jobs grouped into 18 occupational clusters and the importance of mathematics and science respectively to future employment opportunities. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adults, Career Education, Computer Oriented Programs, Computers, Data Processing, Emerging Occupations, Employed Women, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Females, Futures (of Society), Industry, Job Skills, Manufacturing Industry, Microcomputers, Nontraditional Occupations, Occupational Information, Salaries, Salary Wage Differentials, Service Occupations, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wider Opportunities for Women, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: For Part I, see CE 043 430. Pages 101-102 (Appendix B) contain marginally legible print.