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ERIC Number: EJ945969
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0199-4786
Paving the Occupational Path: A New System for Assigning Education and Training
Torpey, Elka Maria
Occupational Outlook Quarterly, v55 n3 p12-19 Fall 2011
Training and education paths vary widely. But knowing the most common ways people prepare for an occupation helps one identify which one he/she might pursue--and helps guide him/her in that pursuit. For career-guidance purposes, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) assigns education and training categories to occupations. Along with developing the upcoming 2010-20 projections, BLS is implementing a new system of assigning these categories. The new system includes categories for education, experience, and training assignments that give a detailed explanation of the usual requirements for entering and attaining competency in an occupation. This article provides an overview of the new categories, with examples of each. The first section summarizes each of the three categories of education and training: (1) typical education needed for entry; (2) work experience in a related occupation; and (3) typical on-the-job training needed to attain competency in an occupation. The second section explains how BLS developed the system and how economists determined an occupation's category assignments. Sources of additional information are included.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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