OCCUPATIONAL DATA REQUIREMENTS FOR EDUCATION PLANNING.

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      This article focuses on the Conference on Occupational Data Requirements for Education Planning, held at the University of Wisconsin in Madison on June 15-16, 1965. This grew out of a suggestion from the U.S. Office of Education and was co-sponsored by that agency and the Center for Studies in Vocational and Technical Education. The Bureau of Labor Statistics prepares the most widely used national occupational projections. The latest occupational projections for 1957 are based on extrapolations of past changes modified by educated guesses. The most useful occupational information from the vantage point of the youngster planning a career or of his counselor is presented in the Occupational Outlook Handbook. The occupational projections are based on anticipated trends in specific occupations and/or occupational composition patterns in any given industry. In the final analysis, an evaluation concerning the needs of more precise and detailed occupational projections for education planning and other uses cannot be considered in isolation. The recent expansion of manpower, anti-poverty, and related programs has put heavy strains upon the available professional and technical personnel capable of planning and implementing occupational projections.