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Guides for Using Labor Market Information

Recently, the number of data sources for labor market information (LMI) has grown considerably, making it difficult to know which are best suited to the questions most often asked by community colleges. Check out these two new guides that help demystify labor market data:

Information Technology Technician Pathway: Labor Market Analysis

The Centers of Excellence for Labor Market Research (COE) in partnership with the ICT-Digital Media Sector of the Doing what Matters Initiative is pleased to announce the release of a new labor market report that compliments and supports the IT Technician Pathway developed by the California Community Colleges’ ICT/DM Sector Navigator, Steve Wright. Read the report+

Healthcare Occupations in California

In partnership with the Health Workforce Initiative (HWI) and the California Hospital Association (CHA), the Centers of Excellence (COE) conducted a study of healthcare occupations in seven regions across California. The study included a survey of ambulatory care and nursing/residential care facilities, and an additional survey of hospitals within CHA membership. More+

"On your most recent industry scan, I say 'Well Done'! It is informative, and well crafted and I hope that it will spur an expansion of programs to educate more people into our workforce."

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California's Green Economy

Industry and Workforce Studies

Since 2008, the Centers of Excellence have coordinated on several studies to assess the workforce needs of emerging and evolving green industries and occupations.

Reports and Research

Recycling and Materials Management Occupations (pdf) - December 2013

  • refuse and recyclable material collector
  • hazardous materials removal worker
  • recycling and reclamation worker
  • recycling coordinator
  • commercial/industrial designer working with recycled materials
  • manufacturing production technician working with recycled materials

For the six occupations studied, more than 7,400 jobs could be created by R&MM firms over the next two years, representing a 24% growth rate over the period. Download key findings from the study.

Green Certifications in Northern California (pdf) - November 2012

Workforce Trends & Needs in Green Sectors (pdf) - October 2011

Understanding the Green Economy: A Community College Perspective (pdf) - June 2009

Download the Green Framework files
As detailed in the Understanding the Green Economy - A Community College Perspective, the COE definition of green is translated into industry, occupational and community college program crosswalks. Download the Green Framework tables in Excel format for your own research projects.

Green Industry Framework (xls) - North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
Green Occupational Framework (xls) - Standard Occupational Classification (SOC)
Green Program Crosswalk (xls) - Taxonomy of Programs (TOP) and Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP).

Green Industries & Jobs in California (pdf) - February 2009

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