Emsi’s newly improved Job Postings Analytics (JPA) is now available with the latest release of Analyst and Developer, our labor market analysis tools. Focused on granularity of both location and skill, our revamped JPA aims to help users gain a richer understanding of the economy in a given region.
- Skill and certification data is regionalized based on the analyzed location.
- Soft skills were added to provide a more comprehensive picture of the skill sets that employers seek from candidates.
- Data around top work environments is no longer provided.
Employers are expressing concern over the job-readiness of candidates. Often, applicants have the hard skills needed to get the job done, but end up lacking crucial soft skills that employers are looking for. We introduced soft skills to JPA to address these concerns and highlight their value in even the most technical fields.
For those who are unfamiliar with the taxonomy of various skills and certifications, see our definitions below.
- Hard skills: More well-defined and specific than soft skills, and are often highly technical, subject-matter specific, or acquired through on-the-job training. They need not be technical. Examples are sales techniques, online marketing, foreign languages, 3D animation software, programming languages and frameworks, medical tests and procedures, legal and regulatory knowledge, and skilled trades/tools/techniques.
- Soft skills: Typically broad, basic competencies that include character traits such as ethics, assertiveness, or positive attitude; general cognitive or physical abilities like critical thinking, creativity, problem-solving, fine motor skills, and basic literacy; and basic interpersonal skills such as leadership, cooperation, diversity awareness, and persuasion.
- Top certifications: The most commonly listed certifications found in job postings for this occupation in the region.
As we’ve written before, job postings don’t always accurately represent demand. That’s why we’ll continue to provide JPA in concert with our structural labor market data—to give you comprehensive, accurate insight into your regional economy.
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