Hidden Tools: Labor Market Information

Just in advance, I’m pretty sure this post will be useless to any non-US readers as far as applicable information, but if you’re still curious as to what I do to bring in the metaphorical bacon #toopoorforbacon, carry on.

So some background information: What do I do? Well, I design courses for different subjects dealing with employment for the state. This includes stuff like safety, being a good supervisor, how to use a procurement card, etc. The most recent project I’ve been assigned involves Labor Market Information. As I sat there during the client’s presentation, I was in awe and wonder at the sheer amount of information that was available to literally anyone with internet access. Statistics and projections for virtually any occupation in any industry for the next ten years, wages of those same statistics and projections, education levels required, whether it’s declining or hot stuff.


I am going to be developing scenarios for different users. The example the client gave was a high schooler using the search tool to find out what specific industry would pay the most for the skill set he wishes to possess (e.g. “I’m interested in construction, which area of industry uses that occupation? Which ones pay the most?”), because to be honest, we’re all about that money right?

I suppose it just got me to thinking about tools and statistics that are out there for employment that are underused because of general lack of awareness, and how I could use that since I haven’t graduated into the official workforce yet. I literally spent hours just flipping through different careers and different areas of growth. It’s a great way to see what the job market will be for what you want to do in your region. If you are interested, peruse some of the data of your state’s Labor Market Information area. It’s really eye-opening, and every state’s is different.

Do y’all know of any underutilized, “hidden tools” that are out there for employment?