Department of Labor and Regulation

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High Demand - High Wage Occupations - Technical Notes

Determining High Demand Occupations

Using the average annual demand for each occupation, available through employment projections, an occupation is considered to be in "high demand" if the average annual demand for workers in that occupation is higher than the average annual demand across all occupations. (The average annual demand for workers across all occupations is 23 for the 2010-2020 employment projections period.) See projections methodology for more information on average annual demand.

Determining High Wage Occupations

Using statewide occupational wage data for each occupation, available through this website, an occupation is considered to be “high wage” if its average wage is higher than the average wage across all occupations. (The annual average wage across all occupations was $17.42 per hour or $36,228 at the time the 2010-2020 employment projections were last published.) See technical notes on wages for more information.


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