ERIC Number: ED439266
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Successful Career Progression: Exploratory Findings from a Study of Selected Occupations.
O'Shea, Daniel P.; Betsinger, Alicia M.; King, Christopher T.
A study examined the career progression of individuals in the following occupations: registered nurse; physical therapist; medical laboratory technologist; paramedic; ranked corrections officer; dental hygienist; electronic technician; pipefitter/plumber; social worker; and auto body shop manager. Researchers conducted face-to-face interviews in the Austin, Texas, metropolitan area with 5-10 individuals in each occupation. Participants were identified and recruited through professional or employer associations, training or educational providers, and personal referrals. One half of the respondents entered their occupation directly at the apex position. Little more than one-third began their careers at the identified entry occupation. Success appeared to be associated with continuous education and training, persistence in the occupational field, and hard work. Persistence was associated with truly enjoying the work, income opportunities, and employment benefits. Higher degree expectations appeared to be becoming the norm for most of the occupations studied. Employers commonly provided continuous training opportunities on the job to keep their work force viable and/or maintain licensure. Seniority played virtually no role in promotions. Career advancement was associated with ability, experience, and education. The study confirmed the importance of continuous training and higher education in today's labor market. (The interview guide and contact strategies for the Career Pathways Project are appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Allied Health Personnel, Auto Body Repairers, Career Development, Career Education, Career Ladders, Continuing Education, Dental Hygienists, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Educational Opportunities, Electronic Technicians, Employment Level, Employment Patterns, Employment Practices, Employment Qualifications, Entry Workers, Fringe Benefits, Income, Influences, Interviews, Job Performance, Managerial Occupations, Medical Laboratory Assistants, Nurses, Outcomes of Education, Physical Therapists, Plumbing, Questionnaires, Role of Education, Social Workers, Success, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Workforce Commission, Austin.; Texas State Occupational Information Coordinating Committee, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Center for the Study of Human Resources.
Identifiers - Location: Texas (Austin)