When it comes to exploring occupations, Labor Market Information helps you learn:

  • If there are or will be jobs in a given occupation
  • How many job openings there are per year (on average) – and how that varies depending on where you live
  • Annual average salary and how that varies depending on where you live
  • What education and/or training is needed to get a specific job
  • What career goals will be the most satisfying and supportive
  • What career path(s) can lead to your career goals

One of the main sources of Labor Market Information is the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This info-graphic describes how BLS collects and publishes key LMI:

Labor Market Information

These posters designed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics provide great summaries of labor market of information.

Fastest Growing Occupations:

Here’s a table from the Bureau of Labor Statistics website showing the fastest growing occupations from 2018 to 2028. If job security matters to you, you might consider one of the occupations on this list.

Long Term Occupational Projections by Annual Average Openings – Franklin/Hampshire Workforce Development Area

Using Department of Unemployment Assistance data, this table and bar graph show where the most jobs are, how many job opening there are on average, and the mean wages for each occupation listed throughout Franklin and Hampshire counties.

Masshire CIS (Masshire Career Information System)

A free online college/career exploration, portfolio, planning and management tool, which includes recorded real-world interviews about occupations, occupational profiles, labor market information (LMI), career/interest surveys, college / concentration information, financial aid information, and more.

Pioneer Valley Regional Planning Blueprint 

The Blueprint guides the work of regional partners, such as businesses, government agencies, and other organizations, to address talent gaps and needs by using labor market and workforce data to conduct evidence-based research.