Analyst Update: Easily Manage and Share CIP-to-SOC Mappings

Published on Mar 23, 2020

Updated on Nov 3, 2022

Written by Remie Verougstraete

Analyst Update: Easily Manage and Share CIP-to-SOC Mappings

Emsi is pleased to announce an update that makes it easier than ever to view, customize, and share program-to-occupation mappings across your institution! Read below for details and check out the video walkthrough at the end to learn more.

Anticipating how academic programs connect to the world of work is fundamental for effective program research. By default, reports in Analyst model this connection with a program-to-occupation mapping that’s based on the CIP-to-SOC crosswalk developed by the NCES and the BLS.

But no one knows your programs (and the jobs they prepare students for) quite like you do. That’s why Analyst allows you to customize CIP-SOC mappings, adding or removing occupations to ensure that your reports accurately reflect the career pathways that are relevant for your programs’ graduates.

And now, we’ve added a whole new menu that makes it easy to review these mappings, make changes, and even share mappings across your institution to keep your team on the same page. Here’s how it works.

Easily manage and customize mappings

To start, simply go to the Groups button in the main menu and select Program to Occupation Mapping.



On the next screen, you can see your current program-to-occupation mapping, including whether or not you’re using default or custom mappings for each program. To edit a program’s mappings, simply click the green edit button on the right, and then add or remove occupations as needed. Once you save your changes, the Mapping Settings will update to “Custom.” Note that you can restore the defaults at any time from the edit menu.


Collaborate and share mappings

For many institutions, program research is a team effort, involving multiple researchers, sometimes across multiple departments. Analyst makes it easy for your team to stay on the same page so that reporting and analysis remains consistent. Here’s how.

There’s a dropdown menu in the upper left hand corner that lists each Analyst user at your institution. By default, your own name is listed there, indicating that you are viewing your own mappings.



But now, you can select any other registered user at your organization to adopt their mappings instead. Doing so presents you with two options:

  1. Subscribe – This option allows you to “lock on” to another user’s mappings so that any changes they make in the future are automatically reflected in your account as well. You might select this option if there is a lead researcher who bears primary responsibility for program-to-occupation mapping decisions at your institution, and you want everyone else to follow their lead.

  2. Overwrite – This option allows you to copy a one-time snapshot of another user’s current mappings and adopt them as your own. From there, you are free to do further customization or revert to defaults. Any changes the other user makes in the future will NOT automatically carry over to your account. This option is helpful if you’ve brought someone new on board and you want to quickly bring them up to speed on your current customized mappings, but still have the flexibility to make their own changes going forward.



For a complete walkthrough of these new tools and how to use them, check out the following video from product manager Matthew Hyndman:


If you have any questions about Analyst, CIP-to-SOC mapping, or Emsi’s other solutions for higher education, please email your account manager or contact us. We’d love to help!