1974 Data Processing Salary Survey (managers, systems programmers, systems analysts, keypunch operators, computer operators, applications programmers salaries)
Career Education. Will it Last? By Joyce L. Kennedy Career education - the name of the "turnaround" movement needed ln our schools to prepare students for work as a major part of preparing them for living -- ls the "ln" education concept now. The questions Will lt outlast previous educational concepts [remember the right to read" a couple of years ago]? As an eminent educator. Harold Howe. a former Federal education commissioner and now education vp for Ford Foundation. told an audience. some fear that the career education concept "is so general that it runs the danger of being watered down into a mass of lip service activity." For example. Dr. Howe noted that the chief state school officers have unanimously endorsed the idea but he " really wonders" if they "intend to go out there and do a job.") ln rough translation will school decision-makers put their money and muscle where their mouths are?) DR. HOWER'S RESERVATIONS recognize the moon-launch size job ahead if career education is to flourish. Just a few of the massive tasks: making drastic changes in teacher training institutions to reflect a career education emphasis; retraining the current Reprinted with permission of The Computer Educator, Oct. 1974. DP Salary Survey Top managers of edp installations now earn an average of $537 a week, or $27,924 annually, according to the 1974 Weber Salary Surrey on Data Processing Positions in the US., published by A.S. llansen_ Inc, of Lake Bluff, Ill. The 1974 average for managers rose 10.2 percent over 1973, the survey shows. Other job categories that showed impressive gains in I974. with the 1973 increases in parentheses, were: systems programmers,10.8% (4.8%); systems analysts, 8.7% (4.4%); keypunch operators_ 6.5% (2.8%); and computer the 1974 increase was 4_8%, compared with 5.1% in 1973. administrative and teaching corps; rewriting classroom instructional materials; establishing home-school- community workplace tie-ups; convincing employers to co- operate by hiring students and teachers for brief periods; getting taxpayers to foot the bill; and persuading administrators of school budgets to spend the money on career education programs. Society. too. must stop thinking that the plumber who learned his skills in an apprenticeship program does not deserve the dignity equal to that given the physicist who learned his skills in college. In spite of the fearsome number of built-in problems, there are convincing reasons for believing that career education is not a trendy fad, but a powerful idea destined to root and multiply. For one thing. the needs of people for assistance in career preparation and development are becoming unmanageable in our present setup. Without sub- stantial educational restructuring both "overehoice" (the task of selecting from 28,000 known occupations) and "underchoice "the denial of opportunity through lack of knowledge of and preparation for work) will get worse as we progress further into the postindustrial age. The individual without skills 42 will become a dreg on the market, even more so than today. If increasing numbers of people continue to be highly educated for living, but are without skills to pay for living, the social unrest now will seem harmonic in retrospect. Education is the logical institution to lead the way in providing job skills, positive work attitudes and "amplechoice." ANOTHER POINT focuses on fairness. The needs of the real majority of citizens must be served as well as those of the academically elite minority. Between 75-80 percent of people are not likely to find jobs requiring a 4-year college degree in years ahead, according to the Federal Labor Department. THE WORK ETHIC can be restored. People can find satisfaction in achievement. The manpower needs of our nation can be met while main- taining individual freedom of choice. Dignity can be given to all occupations. Career education holds promise of doing these things. But, as noted in a Federal education handbook: "Career education is an idea whose time has come. Still, it will not come to your community until someone grasps the initiative and brings it there. If someone, why not you? If sometime, why not now?"