Why Should I Participate In This Survey?
Understanding today's labor market is important to business
Your participation is critical to the quality and accuracy of our
- Important company and policy decisions are made utilizing survey
- Every business counts because all types and sizes of businesses are
- You are our ONLY source of data and you represent other
businesses of similar size in the same industry
How Can I Use the Data?
What are some important uses of the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
- Assist students, job seekers, and military personnel transitioning
into civilian life in making informed career decisions
- Identify where vocational and educational programs are needed to
reflect current and future skill needs
- Determine funding for training programs by comparing current and
projected occupational demands
Data about wages are used to:
- Compare wages by occupation, industry, and area
- Compare wages among metropolitan areas, states, and territories
- Make informed business decisions
- See employment and wage data for occupations in your industry
- See employment and wage data for occupations in your metropolitan
area or state
- See occupational profiles for specific occupations
Data about employment are used to:
- Spotlight emerging or declining occupations
- Identify the types of skilled workers in the market
- Develop national and state occupational employment
OEWS data assist analysts in measuring employment
composition and wage structures of industries within States, as well as
Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). OEWS data are also used to compare
occupational wages between geographic area and across industries.
OEWS Survey data are useful for determining the
reasons for employment changes, including the impact of technology, new
product development, geographic shifts in industries, and the availability
of specific types of skilled workers such as those related to national
OEWS data is timely and relevant. Here are some ways the data are
being used today:
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- Businesses use OEWS data for marketing and
- Analysts use OEWS data to compare wages and employment in
geographical locations when considering relocation or expansion.
- OEWS data reveal the competitive wages that can assist businesses in
offering wages for attracting workers.
- Educators use OEWS data to identify important
occupations and job skills and use that information to update or modify
education programs and course content to reflect the economy's current
and future needs for particular occupations.
- Career counselors use job projection information that is derived
from OEWS data to help students and clients decide on courses of study
and career paths.
- State and national projection units use OEWS
industry staffing pattern data as an input to occupational employment
projections. OEWS data help identify emerging and declining occupations
as well as employment trends within industries.
- OEWS data are a key input into The America's Labor Market
Information System (ALMIS) database, which is used by vocational
counselors and job seekers. This database allows users easy access to
occupational employment and wage data from all 50 States and provides
users with data that are comparable across States and sub-States
- OEWS data helps identify emerging and declining occupations as well
as employment patterns within industries.
- State and national government offices use OEWS industry staffing
pattern data as a key input in calculating future demand for particular
A partial list of organizations that use the
- Trade and Professional Associations
- Research Organizations
- Schools and Universities
- Chambers of Commerce
Last Modified Date: April 16,