igns in northern Indiana's economic landscape point to key roles in future growth for nano- technology and biotechnology, researchers from the Northern Indiana Workforce Board (NIWB) said in a report on the first stage of a three-phase Strategic Skills Initiative (SSI).
Several factors including outsourcing, a loss of manufacturing jobs overseas, an engineering "brain drain," and global economic trends have con- verged in the United States to force the American economy into increasingly fragile and volatile shape, noted NIWB researchers Dan Hendricks, vice president of strategic research and development, and Chuck Pressler, Ph.D., director of research. Thus, the five counties of northern Indiana dubbed Economic Growth Region-2 (EGR-2) need "a per- spective that maintains the vitality of the current economy and simultaneously proposes a vision of emerging economic activity and the ways in which jobs, education, and people can be translated into successful participants" in the future of EGR-2's present industries and companies, they wrote in "Strategic Skills Initiative Phase One Report."
THREE MAJOR DRIVERS OF DEVELOPMENT: GLOBALIZATION, TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION To develop such a vision for northern Indiana's economy in the 21st Century, researchers must account for three major drivers of emerging industrial development: globalization, technology, and innovation. Moreover, a vision sufficiently precise that it can be translated into concrete actions should emphasize participation in at least one of the three major, emerging industrial subsectors driving gains in advanced manufacturing: geospatial devices and knowledge, nanotechnology, and biotechnology.
With this framework in mind, Hendricks and Pressler developed a list of key northern Indiana manufacturing subsectors whose changing circumstances will be vital to the region's econ- omy. These manufacturing subsectors are:
RESEARCHERS TAG FOCUS AREAS IN HEALTH CARE BASED ON EMPLOYMENT, GROWTH, WAGES, REGION Based on several factors including employment, growth, wages, and importance to the regional economy the researchers identified several areas of health care on which to focus:
Within the key manufacturing sectors of transportation equipment through machinery man- ufacturing, the researchers identified several occupations that likely will be vital to those sectors. These occupations were selected based on their strong employment demand, critical need in the five identified manufacturing sectors, good earnings and benefits, certifiable technical skills, and appropriateness for targeting by the workforce system. The selected "first-tier" manufacturing occupations include:
The third-tier manufacturing jobs include:
In the northern Indiana health care industry, the researchers identified thefollowing occupations as first tier:
The health care second-tier occupations include:
Finally, the health care third-tier jobs feature:
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