August 25, 2020 by Drew Repp
Jobs are changing fast. Whether it’s tech, journalism, manufacturing, or healthcare, the way we work looks completely different than it did a decade ago, even a year ago—and so do our job titles. That’s why Emsi has spent the last year expanding our job titles library from about 5,400 titles to over 75,000.
Now, with Emsi Titles, users can get more specific in their job title searches. You’ll find titles that are granular, descriptive, always up-to-date, and aligned with what employers are currently using. In short, you’ll be able to more accurately research jobs and leverage job data.
We’ve expanded our library of titles from about 5,400 to roughly 75,000. This jump in titles captures the changing and emerging nature of job titles, resulting in multiple benefits for users.
A big way jobs are changing in the market is they are becoming more cross-functional. Employees are no longer expected to only deploy their skills and knowledge in one area. That is, there is a lot of overlap in roles.
However, many job classification systems tend to not capture this overlap. So while SOC codes and O*Net are great for categorizing jobs, those buckets don’t work well for reflecting the cross-functional nature of a role. Additionally, these classifications often aren’t what positions are called in the market.
With the new Emsi Titles database, we started with over 39 million raw job titles to capture the real language used by employers in job postings, while also using human curation to ensure quality and accuracy. The result is a much more detailed library of titles that better reflects the real-world complexity of work in the modern economy.
As jobs emerge and shift in the market, employers often don’t know how to describe the new roles. As a fallback, old terminology is used, but in a different way. One way this manifests itself is in the combination job title. A role like Administrative Assistant is often joined with other titles such as Office Manager or Project Coordinator. Graphic Designer roles may be paired with Photographer. By expanding to 75,000 titles in our library, we capture these combinations that are used by both employers and workers.
For colleges and universities, Emsi’s updated library of over 75,000 detailed job titles provides a high-fidelity look at the labor market that your students are preparing to enter. This means greater insight to inform and empower your institution in key areas, including:
For the talent acquisition and staffing world, the expanded Emsi Titles library means users can drill down to hyper-specific job titles. All compensation, supply, and demand data is now considerably more granular, offering a precise snapshot of what’s going on in the market.
Here are a few ways talent professionals can use Emsi Titles:
For both BRE and recruitment efforts, having a better grasp of the roles in your community helps you serve your clients better. When making business visits, speaking their language—the job titles they use—helps establish trust and confidence. Understanding the actual roles businesses are seeking puts economic and workforce developers in a position to find meaningful solutions to talent shortages.
On the recruitment front, RFIs from site selectors and companies often ask for information on the specific titles they currently employ or plan to hire. With an expanded Emsi Titles library, users can now garner how many people are currently in exact roles as well as how many people are a likely match for a role based on having a similar title.
Economic and workforce developers are expected to have a firm grasp of their local economy, including emerging jobs and labor market trends. By starting with general title buckets, Emsi Titles taps into its vast library and reveals which titles are being used in your regional market.
For example, there are 37 titles in the cybersecurity bucket. Users can quickly see the top job titles being used in their region’s job postings for cybersecurity roles. In this example we’re looking at the San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad MSA.
This information can be leveraged for connections between industry and education, as well as in understanding talent clusters which may be forming but under new, emerging titles.
While not a definition, job titles are an important descriptor of roles. They tell us a great deal about the labor market and are signals of both employers and employees. To better tap into the insights they hold, Emsi Titles has gone through a massive expansion. Now with 75,000 titles in our library, users can conduct more granular searches, have confidence in the accuracy of titles, and gain a better understanding of the market.
Emsi uses data to connect people, education, and employers. An expanded library of job titles is just one way we are doing this. Contact us to learn more about how our tools can be used to drive economic prosperity in your community.