The Projected Employment Opportunities List contains information on occupations and training programs. The list has two parts. The first column lists the occupation's SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) Code and title. A Statewide estimated annual mean wage is given for each occupation as well. The second part begins with column four, which lists the corresponding CIP (Classification of Instructional Programs) Code and title for the occupation. If an occupation has no corresponding CIP Code, it is noted.
This year's list is also broken into two different sections to help identify which occupations typically require some sort of post-secondary training. The U.S. Department of Labor's, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has assigned an education level to each occupation ranging from "No Formal Education" needed to "Doctoral or Professional Degree" required. For the purpose mentioned above, all occupations requiring "no Formal Education" or "High School Diploma or Equivalent" have been separated from the remainder of the list which includes all occupations that require at least "Some College."
The following process was used to determine the Projected Employment Opportunities List.
Determining the State list:
- Obtained a list of the top 5 growth occupations within the top 25 growth industries for the State from the short-term projections program. Information from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission is factored into the development of short-term projections.
- Obtained a list of occupations across all industries ranked by the number of projected annual job openings for the State from the short-term projections program. A State demand committee (designated by Workforce Development staff) examined this list for clustering points and determined a cut-off level.
- The two lists were combined. This produced a list of occupations.
- Using a crosswalk, the occupations were matched to corresponding CIP Codes.
- Occupations can be added to the list after its initial release with supporting documentation and the approval of all ten Local Workforce Development Areas (See section below-Adding to the List).
Determining the Local Workforce Area lists (determined individually):
- Obtained a list of the top 3 growth occupations within the top 10 growth industries for the Local Workforce Development Area from the short-term projections program. Information from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission is factored into the development of short-term projections.
- Obtained a list of occupations across all industries ranked by the number of projected annual job openings for the Local Workforce Development Area from the short-term projections program. The list was examined for clustering points and a cut-off level was negotiated with the local area.
- The two lists were then combined. This produced a list of occupations.
- The local area has the option of adding up to 5 demand occupations that are not reflected on the list above.
- Using a crosswalk, the occupations on the local area list were matched to corresponding CIP Codes.
- Occupations can be added to the lists after their official release with supporting documentation (See section below-Adding to the List).
Please Note: An occupation is considered to be in demand in a Local Workforce Development Area if it is on the State list or the local area list.
Local areas will be required to submit proper supporting documentation. One or more of the following types of documentation will be accepted:
- Proof that the course content of the training program not on the list is substantially contained (more than 50%) within a training program that is on the list.
- A collection of letters (minimum of three) from employers stating their current intention to hire and a recurring need for individuals trained in the program.
- Proof that the training program experiences repeated high placement and wage.
- Results from Labor Market surveys that utilize reliable procedures (i.e., survey of local employers to see how many workers they anticipate needing within the next year).
- Proof from Chambers of Commerce, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and/or local industrial development organizations of the verified need for additional trained workers in the training program.
- Information that relates to staffing patterns. Examples include plant openings or expansions, plant closings or occupation obsolescence, emerging occupations related to technical changes or other salient causative factors.
An occupation will be added to the State list only if the documentation supports the occupation statewide, and all ten local areas are in agreement that it should be added.
The Projected Employment Opportunities List has many uses. It is used by the Unemployment Insurance program to help determine a claimant's work search status. It is used in conjunction with the WDA Eligible Training Provider list. A training program must appear on the list to be WDA certified. It may be used by education planners to determine the possibility of establishing new programs. The list may also be used by individuals who are interested in knowing what training they need in order to have the best chance at finding a job.
Note for use with the WDA Eligible Training Provider list: Occupations on an adjacent local area's list, including local areas in other states, may also be considered employment opportunities in the local area. Please see the WIOA Eligible Training Provider Policy and Procedures for more information.