We’re excited to tell you about a new tool to use in your career research. It’s a labor market insights database that allows you to access career data by keyword OR by industry and occupation. You can also focus your results on a certain geographic area! It’s a tool available through the Career Center at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy.
For instance, let’s say you want to research editorial career paths in Boston or graphic design paths in NYC. Use the keyword search to type in words that resonate with you, and the field will auto-populate with related suggestions. You can also search by industry and occupation using the drop-down menus.
Each career path you choose will have the following information:
- Core tasks of the job
- Employment trends, i.e., is demand for the job growing?
- Top employers
- Education levels
- Annual earnings
- Technical skills and core competencies of the job
- Sample job titles
Where does all this data come from? So glad you asked! Here’s the nitty-gritty …
EMSI provides a composite dataset that integrates over 90 federal and state labor market data sources (e.g., Bureau of Economic Analysis, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and others) into one robust database. EMSI data provides insight into regional economies through its look at industries, occupations, postsecondary training programs, demographics, wages, and more. They provide data at the state, county, and metro area levels, with ZIP code estimates available for core data (employment, earnings, demographics). The data is updated four times per year.