Forces Shaping the Future U.S. Workforce and Workplace: Implications for 21st Century Work. By Lynn A. Karoly, RAND Corporation. Testimony presented before the House Education and Labor Committee. (The Corporation, Santa Monica, California) February 2007. 15 p.
Full Text at: www.rand.org/pubs/testimonies/2007/RAND_CT273.pdf
["By understanding the forces that are shaping the world of work and how those forces are likely to evolve over time, we can draw out the implications of those trends for workers, employers, education and training institutions, and policymakers. Key messages: 1) We foresee a redefinition of employer-employee relationships and work arrangements, toward greater specialization and more worker entrepreneurs.... 2) The skills of the U.S. workforce will determine how competitive our economy remains in a global marketplace.... 3) While education and training prior to starting a career will be important, the ability to retool and retrain mid-career will be essential at all skill levels.... 4) As the labor force grows more slowly, employers will compete to attract new workers, particularly those currently underrepresented in the labor force."]