Which jobs are in demand?

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Labor markets matter

At Project Tugboat, we believe that you can do everything right – craft a great resume, compelling cover letter, strong elevator pitch — and still struggle to find a job. Why? Because labor markets are just as important as you the candidate.

So before you get too far down the job search path, take a step back and consider what the job market looks like in your area. What jobs are in demand? How does the align with the path you’d like to pursue?

Where to look

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics has helpful data if you’re looking to see macro trends or research a specific career. You might consider checking out:

  1. Occupational Employment Statistics: Explore how occupations and wages vary by state

  2. Projections: Shows whether careers will be growing or declining between 2016-2026

  3. State-Specific Data: Provides links to relevant state labor data

LinkedIn can also provide a helpful survey of trends, particularly if you live in a major metropolitan area.

The Bottom Line

Remember, these resources provide helpful data points and trends, but they may not paint the full picture. If what you find raises some questions, dig in further. You can do this by reaching out to local employers, looking at recent news articles, and asking local career centers.