ERIC Number: ED302447
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May-15
Competition and Competence: Employment Trends for the 1990's.
Norwood, Janet L.
Foreign trade has become an increasingly important factor affecting employment in the United States, and competent workers must be educated to promote the U.S. position in the international economy. Concern is expressed about recent growth in the service industries, because it is believed that service industries have lower levels of productivity and slower productivity growth than goods producing industries. The U.S. Department of Labor's analysis of employment trends and worker supply projections stresses that future workers with college degrees will have a stronger competitive position in the service industries, while job opportunities for high school dropouts will be limited in quality and quantity. The worker supply is also changing, as workers from the baby boom and baby bust generations change the age structure of the work force, and an increase of Blacks, Hispanics, and women change the characteristics of the labor pool. As the U.S. job market shifts from blue collar to predominately white collar occupations that require special skills and extensive training, the educational system will have to be improved so that future workers will have the necessary basic skills and the knowledge to participate in a global economy. (DJC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Forum on Education and International Competence (St. Louis, MO, May 13-16, 1988).