What Job Seekers Need to Know

Research The Trends

Job seekers have many options. You can look for a new job that is similar to your last job. You can work in the same occupation and in the same industry. You might look for a job that is in the same occupation, but you would work in a different industry. Or you could work in a new occupation and in a different industry.

Here are some things you should know when researching the trends of the job market:

Labor Market Information

Labor Market Information is the delivery and analysis of labor force, employment, unemployment, wage, supply and demand, occupational, industrial, economic and demographic data for the analysis of manpower problems for a specifically defined area.   - www.mass.gov

Bright Outlook

Bright Outlook occupations are expected to grow rapidly in the  next several years, will have large numbers of job openings, or are new and emerging occupations.  - O*NET Info

The Green Economy

The Green Economy will cause a change in occupations' employment demand or work and worker requirements such as tasks, skills, knowledge, and credentials. Green occupations are linked to Green Economy Sectors.  - O*NET Info

Career Clusters

Career Clusters are one way to group occupations. Careers that need the same knowledge and skills are in the same cluster. Every career that you can think of is in one of 16 career clusters. Each cluster can include hundreds of different careers.

Using clusters can help you to look at few career choices without focusing on only one occupation. If you target one specific career choice too soon you might miss other options that might be a good fit for you.

Begin here to browse career pathways in the: 16 Career Clusters 

  • Additional Labor Market Terms and Definitions
  • Research the trends. Some industries are less likely to lay off people than others are. Some industries, like health care, are growing and will need more workers in the future. Find out which occupations and industries in your area are growing.
  • Learn about salary ranges. Before you choose a new occupation or industry, you should know the expected pay and benefits.