For the 12-month period ending December 2014, the private sector job count in the Syracuse metro area declined by 1,700, or 0.7 percent, to 259,000. Job growth was concentrated in leisure and hospitality (+1,300), natural resources, mining and construction (+400) and other services (+200). Job losses occurred in educational and health services (-1,600), professional and business services (-700), manufacturing (-600), trade, transportation and utilities (-600) and financial activities (-100). The government job count fell (-100) over the year, mainly in local government education.
by Karen Knapik-Scalzo, Associate Economist, Central New York
(Excerpted from the February 2014 issue of the Employment in New York State newsletter)
What skills and credentials are companies looking for in potential employees? This qustion is often asked by jobseekers, economic developers, students and training providers. Here, we attempt to answer this important question by analyzing online job listings to determine which job titles and skills are currently in demand in Central New York.
Online job postings are one important source of information. They tell us what employers want in job candidates, including specific skills, certifications, licenses or college majors. Another important source, which complements online job postings, is labor market information (LMI) from the State Department of Labor. LMI touches on a wide range of issues such as growing industries, job titles in demand and employment projections.
Other popular licenses/certifications include: teaching; project management; computer-related; and manufacturing specialties. This demand emphasizes the area's diversified economy.
Businesses also seek potential employees that possess specific college majors. Our analysis also looked at college majors currently in demand, based on online job listings that specify a college major. Some of the most popular majors local firms are seeking include:
These in-demand college majors reflect strong demand for a variety of job titles, including: business; health services; computer-related; and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations. In addition, occupations in these majors tend to pay well.
Businesses also place high importance on abilities in sales, repair, scheduling, mathematics, patient care, merchandising, accounting and inspection.
These labor market insights give jobseekers valuable information on where to target their job searches and which skills to highlight. Training institutions and colleges can also use this intelligence for program development purposes. Working together with employers, these organizations can help meet the needs of the local economy.
For more information, please contact:
NYS Department of Labor
450 S. Salina St., Room 300
Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: (315) 479-3390
Fax: (315) 479-3271
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