ERIC Number: ED351555
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Education: The Key to Labor Market Success.
Norwood, Janet L.
Although education is the key to labor market success, it never has been a sufficient condition for that goal. In addition to the changing educational attainment of U.S. workers, the shifts in the demographic composition of the labor force and in the very conditions and expectations of the workplace have made the task of efficient use of labor a growing challenge for U.S. employers. The cognitive requirements of a changing mix of jobs in the economy have increased. The educational attainment of the work force is also increasing. Projections for the future indicate a growth in the service sectors, but in highly technical and cognitively complex occupations in such areas as health care, financial services, and education. The increasingly global nature of economic transactions will also require substantially greater knowledge of cultures and languages than people have developed in the past. The labor market outcomes of individuals will be increasingly related to their educational attainment and the quality of the education they received. This involves not only their preemployment preparation, but also the continuing investments that individuals and their employers make after careers begin. Employers will be challenged to make changes in working practices, including restructuring of occupational definitions, worker involvement in decision making, and new or improved opportunities for training. (YLB)
Descriptors: Educational Attainment, Employment Potential, Employment Projections, Futures (of Society), Job Skills, Labor Force Development, Labor Market, Labor Needs, Postsecondary Education, Productivity, Secondary Education, Skill Development, Success, Vocational Education
Publications, Industrial Relations Center, University of Minnesota, 271 - 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Industrial Relations Center.
Note: Third Annual George Seltzer Distinguished Lecture.