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Demand Occupations List Glossary

2016 Demand List Glossary of Terms

Occupation

The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code system is used by federal statistical agencies to classify workers into occupational categories for the purpose of collecting, calculating, or disseminating data. All workers are classified into detailed occupations according to their occupational definition.

In Demand

Indicates whether the occupation is defined as in demand based on the 2016 Demand List methodology.

2016 Total Employment

This estimate of New Jersey statewide employment reflects the results of the Occupational Employment Statistics Wage Survey. This data can be found on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website: Occupational Employment Statistics Wage Survey.

Estimates of Annual Salary

Mean Wage:

Average annual wage for occupation (Source: Occupational Employment Statistics Wage Survey, May 2017).

25th & 75th Percentile:

The 25th percentile represents the figure where 25 percent of workers in an occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more. The 75th percentile represents the figure where 75 percent of workers in an occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more. This "middle 50 percent" between these two estimates represents a reliable range of expected earnings depending on level of experience of an individual.

Annual Online Job Postings, 2016

Cumulative count of job listings posted in calendar year 2016 (Source: Burning Glass Technologies and the database of job announcements available to jobseekers and workforce professionals through the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development's website).

Projected Average Annual Job Openings

Long-Term 2014-2024 & Short-Term 2016-2018:

In accordance with the United States Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA), all states are required to develop employment projections for a ten- and two-year cycle. These projections, along with the methodology used in their development can be found at Industry and Occupational Employment Projections.

Total Openings:

This estimate includes the projected annual job openings for an occupation, whether it occurs as a result of job replacement or actual growth. Replacement demand may occur for many reasons, such as retirement or job churn.

Total Openings Due to Growth:

This estimate includes the projected annual job openings for an occupation solely as the result of actual growth.

Educational Attainment

Recommended level of education for the training program as determined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data on the distribution of educational attainment by occupation. It indicates the type of education or training preferred by employers, and the typical length of training.

A Career Cluster is a grouping of occupations and/or industries based on certain commonalities. They provide an organizing tool for schools, small learning communities, academies, and magnet schools. There are 16 Career Clusters defined in the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998.

Minimum Education Requirement

This designation, made by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows the minimum level of education that is required for entry into an occupation.

Work Experience

This designation, made by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows the typical level of work experience required for entry into an occupation.

Job Training

This designation, made by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows the typical job training required for entry into an occupation.