Because EMSI’s staffing patterns are such a unique aspect of Analyst, we’ve devoted two previous posts to exploring a slightly different view of these data. In Part I we identified the occupation sectors with the strongest, most consistent presence across industry sectors. In Part II we pulled the top five occupation sectors out and examined them to see why they ended up on that list. In this piece we look at how the 20 industry sectors relate to five-digit occupations.
This post will shift focus to industry sectors. Additionally, we’re going to get very specific about the occupations. Occupation sectors are high level aggregations of Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) codes. We’re going to look at the most specific level of SOC codes, the five-digit level. Where occupation sectors deal with groups of occupations like office and administrative support occupations, five-digit codes deal with occupations like customer service representatives.
We’re going to take those industry sectors and pull up the top three most concentrated five-digit occupations for each of them. This will help us understand, with greater specificity, the occupations we’re talking about when we talk about these industry sectors.
We’ll rank these 20 sectors from largest to smallest, using job counts from 2011, and a growth period from 2006-2011.
1. Government (23,626,823 jobs in 2011, +388,787 jobs 2006-2011)
- Military occupations make up 8.5% of the total industry employment
- Elementary school teachers, except special education make up 5.1%
- Postsecondary teachers make up 4.5%
It’s worth noting that military occupations are, of course, staffed exclusively in government.
2. Health Care and Social Assistance (19,292,906 jobs in 2011, +2,073,578 jobs 2006-2011)
- Registered nurses make up 12.0% of the total industry employment
- Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants make up 7.6%
- Home health aides make up 5.9%
3. Retail Trade (17,640,416 jobs in 2011, +995,657 jobs 2006-2011)
- Retail salespersons make up 26.4% of this industry
- Cashiers, except gaming make up 19.0%
- Stock clerks and order fillers make up 8.7%
4. Manufacturing (12,360,304 jobs in 2011, -240,937 jobs 2006-2011)
- Team assemblers make up 6.3% of the total employment in this industry
- First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers make up 3.6%
- Machinists make up 2.6%
5. Accommodation and Food Services (12,126,425 jobs in 2011, +293,770 jobs 2006-2011)
- Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food make up 19.6% of the total employment in this industry
- Waiters and waitresses make up 18.9%
- Cooks, restaurant make up 7.6%
6. Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (11,969,750 jobs in 2011, +690,916 jobs 2006-2011)
- Accountants and auditors make up 5.0% of the total employment in this industry
- Lawyers make up 4.7%
- Office clerks, general make up 3.1%
7. Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services (10,716,782 jobs in 2011, -182,000 jobs 2006-2011)
- Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners make up 10.4% of the total employment in this industry
- Security guards make up 8.0%
- landscaping and groundskeeping workers make up 5.7%
8. Finance and Insurance (9,591,891 jobs in 2011, +1,235,021 jobs 2006-2011)
- Tellers make up 10.0% of the total employment in this industry
- Customer service representatives make up 8.9%
- Insurance sales agents make up 5.5%
9. Other services, except public administration (9,061,494 jobs in 2011, +221,424 jobs 2006-2011)
- Maids and housekeeping cleaners make up 7.6% of the total industry employment
- Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists make up 7.1%
- Automotive service technicians and mechanics make up 5.2%
10. Construction (8,884,928 jobs in 2011, -2,575,973 jobs 2006-2011)
- Construction laborers make up 11.0% of the total employment in this industry
- Carpenters make up 9.5%
- Electricians make up 6.9%
11. Real estate and rental and leasing (7,437,848 jobs in 2011, -37,146 jobs since 2006-2011)
- Maintenance and repair workers, general make up 12.2% of the total employment for this industry
- Counter and rental clerks make up 9.1%
- Real estate sales agents make up 6.0%
12. Transportation and warehousing (6,199,844 jobs in 2011, -266,516 jobs 2006-2011)
- Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer make up 18% of the total employment in this industry
- Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand make up 9.4%
- Postal service mail carriers make up 6.4%
13. Wholesale trade (6,089,557 jobs in 2011, -377,643 jobs 2006-2011)
- Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products make up 16.5% of the total employment in this industry
- Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand make up 6.7%
- Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products make up 4.4%
14. Educational services (4,251,231 jobs in 2011, +502,344 jobs 2006-2011)
- Postsecondary teachers make up 11.6% of the total employment in this industry
- Elementary school teachers, except special education make up 11.4%
- Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education make up 8.3
15. Arts, entertainment, and recreation (3,731,564 jobs in 2011, +207,663 jobs 2006-2011)
- Amusement and recreation attendants make up 8.4% of the total employment in this industry,
- Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors make up 8.2%
- Landscaping and groundskeeping workers make up 5.9%
16. Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting (3,484,812 jobs in 2011, +94,169 jobs 2006-2011)
Miscellaneous agricultural workers make up 56.2% of the total employment of this industry, followed by farm, ranch, and other agricultural managers (14.4%), and supervisors, farming, fishing, and forestry workers (2.4%).
17. Information (3,164,394 jobs in 2011, -380,481 jobs 2006-2011)
- Customer service representatives make up 6.4% of the total employment in this industry
- Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers make up 4.5%
- Telecommunications line installers and repairers make up 3.6%
18. Management of companies and enterprises (2,061,320 jobs in 2011, +169,086 jobs 2006-2011)
- Customer service representatives make up 4.1% of the total employment in this industry sector
- Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks make up 4.0%
- Accountants and auditors make up 3.8%
19. Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (1,312,415 jobs in 2011, +380,567 jobs 2006-2011)
- Roustabouts, oil and gas make up 9.6% of the total employment for this industry
- Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining make up 6.1%
- Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators make up 5.0%
20. Utilities (577,873 jobs in 2011, +7,832 jobs 2006-2011)
- Electrical power-line installers and repairers make up 9.2% of the total employment of this industry
- Customer service representatives make up 5.4%
- Power plant operators make up 4.8%
These are the top three occupations staffed by each of these industry sectors.
In this series we’ve moved from finding the most consistently staffed occupation sectors, to a detailed breakout of the top five occupation sectors, teasing out the industry sectors that staff them, to the previous curtailed staffing pattern for all industry sectors with some additional data on each industry.
The takeaway from this should be that there’s just a lot to be done with staffing pattern data. These posts have been taking a somewhat academic view of the subject, but there’s plenty of application for regions. If you want to know your region, really understand what’s happening within industries or occupations, you need to get familiar with how industries and occupation relate, and start thinking along these lines.
We’re sure to touch on staffing patterns again, but in the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, please leave a comment below.
Illustration by Mark Beauchamp.