Percent Employment in Management and Professional Occupations
Why is this important?
For the most part, these are the higher paying occupations associated with a strong and vibrant economy. These data also show which occupations are driving the state's economy and occupational changes from 1990 to 2000.
What are the policy implications?
The link between postsecondary education, employment opportunities, and the economy is difficult to establish. However, high values on this measure occur for states that have economies that are likely to attract college graduates - whether from in-state or out-of-state.
Other factors to consider:
Percent Employment in Professional, Education, Health, and Social Service Industries
Change in Gross State Product - From 1990 to 2000
While it is not feasible to include on this website, it is useful to compare detailed occupation and industry data with the types of degrees awarded in a specific state - to answer such questions as, Is my state graduating fewer engineers than are needed in the workforce? For more detail about occupations by state, visit the US Bureau of Labor Statistics website - linked below
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