About OES Charts and Maps
Occupations are based on the Standard Occupational
Classification system. For more information about the occupational
classification used in 2011, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). For
definitions of any occupation, or a more complete profile, see www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_stru.htm.
A location quotient is a measure of the prevalence of an
occupation in an area relative to the US average. It is the ratio of the
share of an occupation's local area employment to its share of U.S.
employment. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation
has a higher share of employment in the area than average, and a location
quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent than
average. For example, an occupation that makes up 2 percent of an area's
employment, but only 1 percent of U.S. employment will have a location
quotient of 2.
Industry data are based on the North American Industrial
Classification System (NAICS). Charts use OES data for NAICS sectors and
4-digit industries. Charts show the largest 10 occupations for each
industry. For a more complete occupational profile of any industry,
including wages, in sortable tables go to www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrci.htm.
OES data are also available for 3-, 4-, and selected 5- and 6-digit NAICS
Data values that are illustrated in the charts can be seen by
hovering over the bars within the charts. They can also be exported to
Excel files. Data values in maps can be obtained by hovering over the
state or area. Data for almost 600 areas are available in downloadable
Excel files at www.bls.gov/oes/special.requests/oesm15ma.zip.
Metropolitan areas are metropolitan statistical areas or
metropolitan divisions as defined by the Office of Management and Budget.
The non-metropolitan areas are counties or combinations of counties in the
balance of each state. There may be up to 6 nonmetropolitan areas in each
state. A list of the metropolitan and nonmetropolitan area definitions can
be found at www.bls.gov/oes/current/msa_def.htm
Navigation. Many charts have two drop down menus to help you
isolate a detailed industry or detailed occupation. To find data for a
detailed industry or occupation, select the sector or group in the first
drop down menu and then select the detail from the second drop down
Employment represents the number of jobs in the occupation in
the area or industry.
Wages in the charts and maps refer to mean hourly wages for most
occupations. For some occupations, such as teachers and pilots, that do
not work full time year round, annual mean wages are presented. More wage
information, including medians and 10th, 25th, 75th and 90th percentiles
is available in other formats. The percentile data give a wider view of
the range of wages in each occupation or area or occupation and
Acknowledgements The information in these maps and charts is
possible through the cooperation of more than a million business
establishments that provide information on their workers to their state
workforce agency and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). State
workforce agencies within each state collect and verify almost all data
provided. BLS selects the sample, produces the estimates, and provides
technical procedures and financial support to the states. BLS also
collects a small portion of the data from employers. The charts and maps
were designed and created by Benjamin Cover, Elizabeth Cross, Chris
Cunningham, David Tanner Beam, Stella Fayer, John Jones, Laurie Salmon,
Michael Soloy, Audrey Watson, and Jay McDaniel.
Last Modified Date: April 6, 2016