The Oklahoma Department of Commerce’s latest report focuses on creative jobs — how they’re growing in relation to the rest of the state’s workforce, how much creative workers make, and the educational attainment makeup of creative occupations.
The report, crafted by Commerce Department’s research staff, uses EMSI Data to show creative occupations have performed stronger than other jobs, regardless of the state of the economy as a whole.
For the report, Oklahoma identified creative workers using the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET database. The research staff, led by Deidre Myers, looked at the 843 occupations that involve “thinking creatively,” according to O*NET.
It then created an index for those occupations based on how O*NET rates the importance of thinking creatively and the level of thinking creatively. Commerce’s analysis included only those in the top 20% in the index.
For the final list of 115 creative jobs, EMSI was “our go-to data source,” Myers noted. She and her staff broke out the creative occupations by fastest-growing and highest-paying, and tied the occupations to the industries they staff.
The Commerce Department also found that 75% of creative occupations in Oklahoma require a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Click to read how other EMSI clients have analyzed creative occupations in Milwaukee, North Carolina, and Alaska. And for more on the Oklahoma Department of Commerce’s work with EMSI, see here and here.