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January 9, 2002

Specialized retraining programs will flourish

Despite the layoffs generated by the world's economic recession, thousands of jobs remain unfilled. Employers face difficulty finding qualified people to fill jobs in a number of fields. The healthcare industry is in serious need of nurses in all specialties, radiological technicians, pharmacists, physical therapists, lab workers, and support staff. Energy industry recruiters seek engineers, geologists, and qualified operators. This need will be accentuated as the people running nuclear energy plants retire-this natural attrition will create a demand that will be hard to meet.

With security concerns increasing, there is a growing need for competent personnel in both public and private sector organizations. Consider recent decisions by the US government to hire thousands of air marshals to provide protective services on airplanes and to federalize airport security. Drawing from law enforcement and private security resources to fill these positions will create vacancies among employers who were already looking for more people to expand their ranks.

Construction firms need welders, crane operators, and engineers. Automotive collision repair shops have over 18,500 vacancies, according to a recent survey. Dot-com downsizing has not met the needs of the information technology industry and other high-tech organizations. There is a shortage of wireless network technicians, supply chain integrators, and systems engineers. Manufacturers need machinists and other skilled workers, including those who can operate computer-controlled equipment. There is a developing opportunity for more people to operate sophisticated printing presses. Service technicians are in short supply in a number of fields including photocopy machines and telecommunications systems.

Where will employers find people to hire for these jobs? If they can't find qualified workers, companies will be forced to hire people with aptitude and train them to perform the work to be done. Improved selection techniques will be used to minimize risks of wrong choices of people to put through expensive training programs.

People who are now unemployed, underemployed, or disemployed will seek opportunities to learn new skills to prepare for new careers, creating demand for training programs provided by private suppliers and community colleges. The field of technical training will expand to meet these emerging needs. sdfsdf

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