Friday, April 13, 2012

A New System of Classifying Occupations by Education and Training - Trendlines article

Job seekers, students, and anyone interested in working want to know what educational and training requirements are needed to get started in an occupation. Do I need a degree, work experience in a related occupation, on-the-job training, or a combination of the three to jump into the world of work? Well, it depends on the occupation you are interested in. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has developed a new classification system that addresses the question of “delineating the most common way persons prepare for an occupation.”

In the past, the BLS has assigned training codes defining how workers prepared by determining the typical way one enters an occupation. This system, which we used at the Department of Workforce Services, specified 11 training levels as the typical method of job entry. This hierarchy was a continuum starting with academic credentials (degrees) and ending with basic short-term on-the-job training. Here is the list of the 11 education/training levels:

• First professional degree
• Doctoral degree
• Master’s degree
• Bachelor’s or higher degree, plus work experience
• Bachelor’s degree
• Associate degree
• Postsecondary vocational awards
• Work experience in a related occupation
• Long-term on-the-job training (including skilled and apprenticed trades) training in OJT setting and/or in formal classroom setting for one year or more
• Moderate-term on-the-job training—from one month up to one year
• Short-term on-the-job training—short demonstration and observation of less than one month.


To read more, see the entire article here.

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