How EMSI Helps Community Colleges: Analyst

Published on Mar 31, 2010

Updated on Nov 3, 2022

Written by Emsi Burning Glass

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Analyst for Colleges

In this day and age, local employment dynamics are always shifting. So how do you and your college keep up? How does your staff stay on the same page? How do you make sure each program you are offering is responsive to these changes?

To help, Analyst lets you tap into EMSI’s vast database of up-to-date information on your region so you can quickly and simply answer important questions relative to your college’s offerings. We have sought to help your college match the most in-depth local labor market data for several perspectives to help you make sure programs and training are responsive to regional employment needs.

The Industry/Occupation Perspective
First, Analyst lets you search for and understand any industry or occupation. Analyst gives you a sense of trends, wages, staffing patterns, company names and even things like competitiveness and concentration.

What we are doing here is quickly helping you find a target sector and then letting you drill down to get the most complete employment picture of that sector for your region.  This is a great first step when trying to answer questions like, “Should we train for this?”

The Education/Training Perspective
Analyst lets you see how training relates to occupations so you can understand if the region is overproducing or underproducing workers. Here we can also show trends and completions. Now we are starting to get a sense if it makes sense to train for this job.

Employment from the Growth/Decline Perspective
Using our input/output section, you can easily see how changes (growth or decline) in an industry will impact the region and how even smaller sectors play an important role in the economy and for employment. This is key for knowing how to respond should a new industry move in or an old one – out.

Employment from the Skills Perspective – Career Pathways
A huge component to this employment discussion is skills and human capital. It’s the new frontier of workforce and economic development and it’s something everyone seems to be asking about. To help in this area we have a Skills section devoted to helping understand the knowledge, skills, and abilities of any occupation. You can also compare the relative similarities between two occupations.

This is great for re-employment, and just getting a sense of how the knowledge or skills of various occupations line up.

The Geographic Employment Perspective – Occupation Map
Finally, we give you the geographic perspective. Now you can see how jobs are spread throughout your region or even the nation. This is nice for showing to folks in reports and presentations. And it’s all the same data we have in the other sections of the tool.