ERIC Number: ED318913
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Jobs in the Future. ERIC Digest No. 95.
The most significant factors affecting the labor market during the 1980s were the United States' loss of competitiveness in the world marketplace, continued shifts in production from goods to services, changes in the skill requirements of many jobs, and demographic shifts in the population. During the next decade, incompatibility between the type of work available and the kind of labor force available to do it is expected because (1) the most rapid growth will be in occupations that require some postsecondary education and training, but the work force is not expected to have the educational background to qualify for the required training and education; (2) minorities and women, who continue to enter the labor force in large numbers, are underrepresented in the fast-growing occupations and overrepresented in occupations for which the slowest growth is projected; and (3) projected job decline will displace some goods-producing workers who are not expected to have the training for other available jobs and, unless men infiltrate the "pink collar ghetto," there may be serious worker shortages in health occupations. Strategies for vocational and career educators include playing a larger role in dropout prevention; developing articulation models between secondary and postsecondary education; emphasizing the importance of all students considering nontraditional occupational choices; developing programs that are accessible to all groups within the population; and providing programs that include the development of basic skills as well as those that are occupationally specific. (CML)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Articulation (Education), Basic Skills, Career Education, Dislocated Workers, Education Work Relationship, Emerging Occupations, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Employment Projections, Human Capital, Job Development, Job Skills, Labor Economics, Labor Force, Labor Force Development, Labor Needs, Labor Supply, Labor Utilization, Nontraditional Occupations, Occupational Mobility, Postsecondary Education, Retraining, Vocational Education
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.