Short Term 2014-2016
Long Term 2012-2022
Workforce Region 2010-2020
Long term Occupational Projections
Long term Industry Projections
Employment Projections - Methodology
The industry employment projections are designed to:
- Identify industries in which job openings are expected to occur.
- Identify the state's rapidly-growing, stable or declining industries.
The occupational employment projections are designed to:
- Identify the state's rapidly-growing, stable or declining occupations.
- Indicate the projected demand for workers in occupations.
Recommended Uses of the Projections Data
- Planning for future training needs
- Analyzing future industry and occupational needs
- Aiding workforce recruiting efforts
- Analyzing occupational supply/demand]
The projections are prepared every two years and are NOT updated between publication years. During the projections process, the past round of industry projections are
reviewed and adjusted as necessary to reflect events that have recently occurred or are anticipated to occur during the projections period, based upon the availability of
reliable and quantifiable data.
The projections should be used with other sources of information when making important decisions about business expansion, educational program development and career
Assumptions & Limitations
The projections reflect studies of past and present industrial trends. They illustrate what is likely to happen, barring major changes from past trends. These
projections are based largely on the same major economic assumptions the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics uses to develop national projections. These assumptions are:
- Certain fundamental conditions will prevail throughout the projections period in the institutional framework of the U.S. and state economy; fluctuations in economic
activity due to the business cycle will continue to occur.
- Recent technological and scientific trends will continue.
- Attitudes toward work, education, income and leisure will not change significantly; for example, the average workweek will not change markedly.
- Population growth rates will not differ significantly from the U.S. Census Bureau data presently available.
- No major events, such as war or other catastrophic events; will occur that will significantly alter the industrial structure of the economy, the occupational staffing
patterns or the rate of long-term growth.
The projections are not intended to be precise point estimates of employment for each industry or occupation. It is unlikely that the projections data will precisely
predict actual employment developments due to unforeseen state, national and international trends and policies. However, the basic trends should prove accurate and aid
in successful decision making. Users should view the projected worker estimates as indicators of relative magnitude and direction rather than estimates of absolute values
and use the data as a starting point when studying expected occupational employment levels.
About the Data
More Projections data:
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Inquiries regarding methodology, additional information, or general assistance may be directed to:
Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning
Office of Workforce Information and Performance
1100 North Eutaw Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201