ERIC Number: ED269646
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Guess Who's Coming to Work. Occasional Paper No. 116.
Demography is clear about present cohorts; the future will include the same cohorts--only older. However, uncontrollable external forces are going to be dominant in determining America's destiny. To be effective the nation must respond quickly to these changes: the shift from a manufacturing to a service economy, an increasing number of minorities, and increased immigration. Interesting changes are consequently emerging in post-high school people and educational programs. Business has created a large postsecondary education system, corporations run colleges, and a large portion of the middle-age population is being educated. Three demographic factors that must be considered as they relate to the work setting are a potential worker's age, region, and race. Baby boomers are the most important age group, and a middle-aged society is emerging. The Sunbelt is characterized by increased youth populations, and a much higher proportion of the youth cohort is nonwhite. The Midwest is aging rapidly. Blacks are concentrated in the Southeast, Hispanics in the Southwest. The economy is moving toward a work force of a few highly paid executive and professional people and a large group of low-level service workers. The issues surrounding the "declining middle" are vital. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Career Education, Change, Demography, Employment Patterns, Futures (of Society), Geographic Distribution, Labor Force, Population Distribution, Population Growth, Population Trends
National Center Publications, National Center for Research in Vocational Education, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090 (OC116--$3.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.