ERIC Number: ED352483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Educational Needs and Employment Trends of Environmental Hazardous Materials Technicians and Related Workers.
Hudis, Paula M.; And Others
A study was conducted to assess trends in the supply and demand for environmental hazardous materials (EHM) technical and related workers and to identify the skills and knowledge required of personnel in these positions. Information for the study was gathered through interviews, focus groups, and data from a mailed survey of employers of EHM personnel in private industry and Department of Energy facilities (n=128) and educators in community colleges (n=94). Some of the findings were the following: (1) an adequate supply of trained technician-level personnel in the environmental management industry is not readily available, and demand for such technicians will increase moderately to substantially in the near future; (2) employers prefer EHM personnel with community college training, although they are frequently unable to find sufficient numbers of applicants with this background; (3) many industry representatives promote expanding vocational programs at community colleges to provide more trained technician-level personnel; (4) employers want technicians to be well trained in verbal and written communication, problem solving, comprehension of technical material, and teamwork; (5) technicians are also expected to have a core set of academic competencies such as high school and college science and mathematics and to have knowledge of specific industry-related tasks and responsibilities; (6) implications for education include the need for new program development and increased enrollment capacity in EHM technician programs; and (7) training needs include short courses for current employees and a comprehensive and integrated vocational and academic program leading to a certificate or associate degree. (The report includes a list of 86 references, a bibliography containing 106 citations, and 7 appendixes containing project surveys, interview findings, EHM skills questionnaires, employer rankings of skills and knowledge areas, and an assessment of the labor market and educational needs for hazardous materials technicians and related workers.) (KC)
Descriptors: College Programs, Community Colleges, Educational Needs, Employment Projections, Hazardous Materials, Job Analysis, Labor Needs, Occupational Safety and Health, Paraprofessional Personnel, Program Development, Technical Occupations, Two Year Colleges
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.; National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.