IndianaSkills.com Gives Job Seekers, Students Access To Local Occupational Demand
October 30, 2012 03:14 PM
New Joyce-supported website and report help job seekers find job openings in their communities, examines real-time labor market trends.
Using real-time job statistics and local job opportunities, IndianaSkills.com recently launched as an online database tool to connect the state’s residents with job opportunities and specifics about skills that are in demand from area employers. With support from the Joyce Foundation Employment Program, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce launched the site in conjunction with a new report from the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, which analysed local employment trends.
IndianaSkills.com allows users to search for in-demand jobs, including Registered Nurses, and provides a snapshot of the skills required for those positions, current job openings and average salary.
The report, A Quest for Clarity: Identifying the Market for Short-Term Training Opportunities and Industry Recognized Credentials in Indiana, found that:
During 2010-2011, the five occupations in greatest demand in Indiana requiring less than a bachelor’s degree were: heavy truck drivers; retail sales persons; registered nurses; sales representatives in wholesale and manufacturing industries; and first-line supervisors.
From 2006-2010, the state’s undergraduate certificate programs (taking less than two years to complete at or near full-time basis) with the highest employment rates of recent graduates were: licensed practical/vocational nurse training (88.1% employed within a year, 1,426 total); masonry (88%, 22 employed), information technology (83.3%, 15 employed); dental assistant (81.8%, 320 employed); pharmacy technician/assistant (81.8%, 18 employed); and welding technology/welder (81.1%, 43 employed). The medical/clinical assistant field also had very significant employment rates and number of employed individuals at 76%, 527 employed.
IndianaSkills.com aims to put job data like the findings from the report to use for job seekers. Visitors to IndianaSkills.com can search by region for the most in-demand jobs and overview of each. They can also learn about a job’s average salary, baseline and specialized skills necessary, certification or training required, relevant training providers in Indiana, and the job status and earnings of recent graduates with these credentials.
“Despite the persistence of a high unemployment rate, Indiana’s employers remain frustrated that they cannot find skilled workers to fill thousands of available positions. While four-year college degrees continue to be an important goal for many young adults, some of our state’s best job opportunities are through one-year certificates and two-year associate’s degrees,” Derek Redelman, the Indiana Chamber Vice President of Education and Workforce Development, said.
Adults who earn undergraduate certificates and industry-based certifications are likely to find more job opportunities and have more stable employment during an economic downturn. Despite the value certificates and credentials provide to job seekers, little is known about what types of certificates employers require for entry level and middle-skill positions. The Foundation’s Employment Program funded the website and report to create a comprehensive statewide assessment of the supply and demand for certificates and certifications and to understand the employment opportunities and increases in earnings experienced by individuals after achieving these credentials.
The site’s developers believe the site’s real-time job data will be useful to employers in determining what level of skill and compensation are required for certain positions. Additionally, economic developers, researchers and policymakers can all benefit from the statistics compiled at IndianaSkills.com, which are more recent than traditional Bureau of Labor Statistics data and based upon what employers are actually requesting.
Download the executive summary
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