ERIC Number: ED312448
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Identification of Occupational Areas for Indiana's Future. Final Report of the Technology Forecasting Task Force.
Indiana State Commission on Vocational and Technical Education, Indianapolis.
A task force representing the Indiana private sector was convened for two purposes: to (1) identify the impact of technology on required worker skills, the labor market, and the vocational education, training, and employment system; and (2) identify occupational areas that should be future growth areas for the state. Task force members reviewed local, state, and national occupational projections; labor market information; current demographic information and projections; and employment trends. In order to validate their preliminary data, the task force then conducted a survey of 32 professional, state, and academic organizations and groups, of which 17 responded for a response rate of 53%). As a result of the survey, the task force revised their data and developed recommendations based on survey responses. Overall, they accomplished the following tasks; (1) defined three occupational levels (operators, maintainers, and developers); (2) identified occupational areas for Indiana's future (health, industrial by-products, data processing, manufacturing, agriculture, management, service industries, transportation, and sales/marketing); (3) identified skills needed across all businesses and industries (computer literacy; technological literacy; ability to increase productivity in an environment of limited resources and increased competition; increased skills in mathematics, communications, reading, applied science, and reasoning; skills required to respond to unpredictable circumstances; and skills in electronics, fabrication, and use and understanding of data processing/artificial intelligence applications for manufacturing, health technology, and data processing); (4) listed their general concerns regarding long-range forecasting; occupational forecasting; career ladders, supply, demand, and quality; and barriers to career planning and advancement; and (5) made recommendations concerning education and training for Indiana's future. (Six appendices provide a list of members of the task force; a list of Dictionary of Occupational Titles job descriptions for the occupations identified by the task force; a summary of comments on the survey; a list of survey respondents by instituiton; and a list of materials reviewed by the task force.) (NLL)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Agriculture, Educational Needs, Emerging Occupations, Futures (of Society), Health Occupations, Information Technology, Job Skills, Labor Market, Labor Needs, Long Range Planning, Manufacturing Industry, Prediction, Relevance (Education), Science and Society, Technological Advancement, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Commission on Vocational and Technical Education, Indianapolis.
Identifiers - Location: Indiana