- Over 80% of the respondents reported experience with four or more of the job skills assessed in the survey.
While most respondents had experience with a variety of job skills, less than half had worked with computers; of the respondents who were currently employed or who had worked in the last year, a third used a computer on a daily basis and 40% used a computer at least weekly in their job. About a quarter reported that they wrote letters or memos at least weekly, and slightly more than a third had supervised other people (Table IV-1).
|Talked with customers face to face||88|
Used electronic machine other than a computer
|Filled out forms||60|
|Talked with customers over the phone||55|
|Read instructions or reports||57|
|Monitored gauges or instruments||38|
|Worked with a computer||41|
|Supervised other people||36|
|Wrote letters or memos||27|
|Performed at least 4 of the above tasks||82|
- The jobs held by high school dropouts involved fewer skills than the jobs held by more educated respondents.
As discussed in Chapter III, jobs involving office/clerical skills had more advancement potential than most of the other occupations in which respondents were employed. Those educated beyond high school were more likely than high school dropouts to have performed certain skilled tasks (Appendix D Table IV-a). For example, 50% of those educated beyond high school had used a computer on a regular basis in their job and 33% had written letters or memos, compared to 26% and 16%, respectively, of high school dropouts.