By Editors Timothy J. Bartik and Susan N. Houseman, Timothy J. Bartik, Susan N. Houseman
Can the U.S. financial system generate fit progress of excellent jobs -- jobs that might be sure a gradual development within the way of life for the center category and that may provide a fashion out of poverty for low-income americans? during this well timed new quantity, prime coverage analysts research the demanding situations dealing with U.S. hard work industry coverage and suggest concrete steps to make American staff and employers extra aggressive in an international economic system.
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Extra resources for A Future of Good Jobs?: America's Challenge in the Global Economy
But it is the continuing use of skills that leads to mastery. Students who learn—but make little use of—the tools of trigonometry or calculus are unlikely to retain them for long. Indirectly and outside of formal courses, students often develop many of the problem-solving and common-sense skills emphasized in the SCANS report, as well as the physical, psychological, emotional, and social skills highlighted by Eccles and Gootman (2002) as necessary for healthy development of youth. Several of the assets said to promote youth development are closely linked to SCANS, including conflict resolution skills, the ability to plan and to allocate time, and working with others on a team.
A second important issue is the extent to which skill requirements within occupations are expected to change. Another critical set of uncertainties has to do with flexibility and unmeasured skills not captured by the occupational or even the educational breakdown. Some education and training generate skills that can be applied to a variety of occupations. In addition, some positions may require a considerable amount of relevant work experience, yet existing data do not allow us to determine whether past work experience is well or poorly matched to demand.
In a survey of a representative sample of workers, only 9 percent reported using the capabilities learned in Algebra I, and fewer than 13 percent of workers below the upper white-collar level ever write anything five pages or longer (Handel 2007). Wage rates and wage differentials offer one way to assess the skills valued in the market, since they generally reflect productivity levels and differences across workers. Wage rates indirectly capture the return to the skills of the marginal worker. Since the employer is voluntarily paying to obtain the productive services of the worker, the wage may be indirectly capturing the full complement of skills.
A Future of Good Jobs?: America's Challenge in the Global Economy by Editors Timothy J. Bartik and Susan N. Houseman, Timothy J. Bartik, Susan N. Houseman