ERIC Number: ED449313
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Occupational Supply and Demand in the State of Washington: Phase II Report.
Sommers, Paul; Heg, Deena
Occupational supply and demand in Washington State was examined by comparing projected supplies of skilled workers coming out of the state's community and technical colleges against the projected demand among Washington employers for people qualified to enter particular occupations. The analysis was based on a January 2000 report, information gathered after publication of that report, a disaggregation of previous statewide estimates into Washington's 12 service delivery areas, and a survey of information technology (IT) work force needs that elicited 440 usable responses (a 24.6% response rate) from approximately 1,800 questionnaires mailed to Washington firms in May 2000. The following were among the main conclusions of the analysis: (1) the educational and training programs offered by Washington's community and technical colleges in many occupations, including computer-related and health occupations, merit expansion; (2) although demand outstrips the supply of graduates coming from community and technical colleges in the computer support cluster, many students exit after taking only a few courses; (3) the software industry's rapid growth is affecting nearly every major category of occupations and is creating substantial additional demand in a wide range of college programs; and (4) IT-related fields face strong and growing demand from a diverse set of employers. (Contains 43 tables.) (MN)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Computer Software, Curriculum Development, Definitions, Demand Occupations, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Educational Demand, Educational Needs, Educational Opportunities, Educational Supply, Emerging Occupations, Employer Attitudes, Employment Level, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Employment Qualifications, Entry Workers, Futures (of Society), Graduates, Health Occupations, Income, Information Technology, Labor Force Development, Labor Market, Labor Needs, Labor Supply, Needs Assessment, Occupational Clusters, Postsecondary Education, Private Sector, Public Sector, Salary Wage Differentials, School Business Relationship, School Holding Power, Skilled Occupations, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Strategic Planning, Tables (Data), Technical Institutes, Technical Occupations, Technological Advancement, Trend Analysis, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Policy Center, Seattle, WA.
Identifiers - Location: Washington