ERIC Number: ED403405
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Workforce Development Trends.
National Alliance of Business, Inc., Washington, DC.
Recent studies profiling the United States' current and future work force have identified significant changes in work force demographics, immigration patterns, economic structure, the education-employment connection, and company training investments. Among the specific changes and trends that have been identified are the following: (1) the percentages of females and minorities in the U.S. work force are increasing; (2) jobs in the nonmanufacturing sector and professional specialities are increasing; (3) cognitive and "people" skills are becoming increasingly important and are increasingly determining earnings potential; (4) downsizing is displacing fewer blue-collar workers but more white-collar workers; (5) displaced workers receiving retraining are more likely to return to the work force; (6) the numbers of small and midsized firms are increasing, and approximately 80% of all employment is now in establishments with fewer than 500 employees; (7) although the likelihood of remaining in the same occupation has remained level, the likelihood of staying with the same employer or industry has declined; (8) individuals receiving occupation-specific training earn 10-40% more than their counterparts, depending on the level of training; (9) transition to more "stable" employment situations occurs more quickly as education increases; and (10) job skill requirements are increasing rather than decreasing. (Contains 13 tables/figures.) (MN)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Alliance of Business, Inc., Washington, DC.