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Occupational employment information

Information about occupational employment and wages, industry staffing patterns and occupational projections.

Occupational employment and wage data

Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program operates alongside the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. The program collects occupational employment and wages for all non-farm industries statewide, 16 workforce development areas (WDA's), seven Metropolitan New England cty and town statistical areas (NECTA's), and nine Divisions. Data includes employment, annual or hourly median, mean, entry, and experienced occupational wages.

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Occupational staffing pattern data

Occupational employment statistics (OES) data are used to develop information regarding current and projected employment needs and job opportunities. This information is used in the production of state education and workforce development plans. These data enable the analysis of the occupation composition of different industries, including analysis for economic development purposes. OES employment estimates are also used as job placement aids by helping to identify industries that employ the skills gained by enrollees in career-technical training programs. Additionally, OES survey data serve as primary inputs into occupational information systems designed for those who are exploring career opportunities or assisting others in career decision making.

The estimates were generated based on data collected in a survey of Massachusetts employers. Industry-specific employment and wage estimates for May 2017 were calculated using data collected from the May 2017, November 2016, May 2016, November 2015, May 2015, and November 2014 semi-annual panels.

Industry-specific occupational employment estimates estimate the number of people employed in that occupation in a particular industry including the mean (average wage), median (mid-point wage), entry and experienced wages. The estimates are updated annually.

Although the OES survey methodology is designed to create detailed employment and wage estimates, it is not time series data for comparisons of two or more points in time. Issues for which the data are not considered time series data include changes in the occupational, industrial, and geographical classification systems, changes in the way data are collected, and changes in the survey reference period.

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Occupational Projections

Find the expected employment growth and annual openings for over 814 occupations in Massachusetts and 16 Workforce Development Areas. The 10-year forecasts, which are updated every other year, are intended to help individuals make informed education and career decisions and assist educators and training providers in planning for future needs. The projections currently cover the 2014-2024 period.

Long term occupational projection in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) occupations as defined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in Massachusetts and 16 Workforce Development Areas. These 10-year forecasts, which are updated every other year, are intended to help individuals make informed education and career decisions and assist educators and training providers in planning for future needs. The projections currently cover the 2014-2024 period.

Short-term employment projections cover a two-year time span and are available for both industries and occupations. The rise and fall of business cycles are incorporated in short-term projections. Short-term employment projections by occupation cover a 2016 base year and projects employment to 2018.

 

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