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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.
How we determine demand for 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.

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.

How do we define growth?
Short-term trend covers second-quarter 2014 through second-quarter 2016 and long-term trend covers 2013 through 2023. Occupations with average annual growth rates greater than 0.5% are considered to be in growth. Occupations with negative growth rates exceeding -0.5% are considered to be in decline. Occupations with growth rates which fall between -0.5 and 0.5 are considered as stable.

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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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.
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