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Learn about an occupation

Learn about an occupation

Discover which occupations are "in demand" or "not in demand." Click on an occupation title to get a job description, wages, employment projections and educational requirements. How to use this tool and more. See "Occupational Employment & Wage Estimates" for a list of all occupations.
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About “Learn about an occupation.”
This list distinguishes among occupations that are "in demand", "balanced" and "not in demand" across the state and within individual workforce development areas. The list is used to determine eligibility for a variety of training and support programs, but was created to support the unemployment-insurance Training Benefits Program. The list consists only of occupations that have 50 or more jobs within a designated geographic area. For a complete list of occupations, regardless of employment level, see "Occupational Employment & Wage Estimates".

How to use “Learn about an occupation.”
Narrow your search by occupation or area using the search on the left. Click on an occupation title to get a job description, wages, employment projections and educational requirements. Sort your search results by clicking on a column title. Green jobs will display a green leaf symbol in the "Green job" column.

How do we know which occupations have more job opportunities?
We evaluate short- and long-term employment projections to determine whether employment opportunities in more than 800 occupations are expected to increase or decrease. The local workforce development councils then review, adjust and approve that initial list on the basis of their local, on-the-ground experience. Read about our methodology.

Using this information to qualify for training benefits.
If you were laid off from a job that is no longer in demand and you qualify for unemployment benefits, the Training Benefits Program may allow you to receive extended unemployment benefits while attending training to learn new skills. Learn more about the Training Benefits Program.

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  • Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maint. Occs
  • Business and Financial Operations Occupations
  • Community and Social Services Occupations
  • Computer and Mathematical Occupations
  • Construction and Extraction Occupations
  • Education, Training, and Library Occupations
  • Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations
  • Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations
  • Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
  • Healthcare Support Occupations
  • Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations
  • Legal Occupations
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  • Washington state – all counties
  • Washington state – statewide only
  • Adams County - North Central WDA II: Grant,Adams counties
  • Asotin County - Eastern Washington WDA: Asotin, Garfield, Whitman counties
  • Benton County - Benton, Franklin WDA: Benton, Franklin Counties
  • Chelan County - North Central WDA I: Chelan, Douglas counties
  • Clallam County - Olympic Consortium WDA II: Clallam, Jefferson counties
  • Clark County - Southwest WDA II: Clark county
  • Columbia County - Eastern Washington WDA: Columbia, Walla Walla counties
  • Cowlitz County - Southwest WDA I: Cowlitz, Wahkiakum counties
  • Douglas County - North Central WDA I: Chelan, Douglas counties
  • Ferry County - Eastern Washington WDA: Stevens, Ferry, Pend Oreille, Lincoln counties
  • Franklin County - Benton,Franklin WDA: Benton, Franklin Counties
  • Garfield County - Eastern Washington WDA: Asotin, Garfield, Whitman counties
  • Grant County - North Central WDA II: Grant, Adams counties
  • Grays Harbor County - Pacific Mountain WDA: Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Thurston counties
  • Island County - Northwest WDA III: Island, San Juan counties
  • Jefferson County - Olympic Consortium WDA II: Clallam, Jefferson counties
  • King County - Seattle King WDA: King County
  • Kitsap County - Olympic Consortium WDA I: Kitsap county
  • Kittitas County - South Central WDA I: Kittitas County
  • Klickitat County - South Central WDA II: Klickitat County
  • Lewis County - Pacific Mountain WDA: Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Thurston counties
  • Lincoln County - Eastern Washington WDA: Stevens, Ferry, Pend Oeille, Lincoln counties
  • Mason County - Pacific Mountain WDA: Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Thurston counties
  • Okanogan County - North Central WDA III: Okanogan County
  • Pacific County - Pacific Mountain WDA: Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Thurston counties
  • Pend Oreille County - Eastern Washington WDA: Stevens, Ferry, Pend Oreille, Lincoln counties
  • Pierce County - Pierce WDA: Pierce County
  • San Juan County - Northwest WDA III: Island, San Juan counties
  • Skagit County - Northwest WDA II: Skagit county
  • Skamania County - South Central WDA III: Skamania County
  • Snohomish County - Snohomish WDA: Snohomish County
  • Spokane County - Spokane WDA: Spokane County
  • Stevens County - Eastern Washington WDA: Stevens, Ferry, Pend Oreille, Lincoln counties
  • Thurston County - Pacific Mountain WDA: Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Thurston counties
  • Wahkiakum County - Southwest WDA I: Cowlitz, Wahkiakum counties
  • Walla Walla County - Eastern Washington WDA: Columbia, Walla Walla counties
  • Whatcom County - Northwest WDA I: Whatcom county
  • Whitman County - Eastern Washington WDA: Asotin, Garfield, Whitman counties
  • Yakima County - South Central WDA IV: Yakima County
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 Occupation is a green job Green job that promotes environmental protection and clean energy.
Learn about an occupation More job opportunities.
Occupation is balanced Job opportunities expected to remain about the same.
Occupation is in decline Fewer job opportunities.
 Demand SOC#Occupation titleGreen jobWorkforce development areaUpdated
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