Where does this data come from?
Employment and wage data for North Carolina comes from the NC Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division (LEAD) in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Specific details about the occupation including What they typically do, Common Job Titles, Similar Occupations & Education and Training comes from O*Net Online sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. Details about the higher ed institutions comes from the UNC System, Community College System, Integrated Postsecondary Educational Data System (IPEDS), and the NC Common Follow-up System (CFS).
What do the star ratings mean?
North Carolina Star Jobs is a simplified way to help you identify promising occupations statewide and in your region. Star ratings are assigned based on wages, projected growth rate, and projected job openings, and each occupation has a rating of between 1 and 5 stars. Occupations with 5 stars represent jobs that pay well, are growing, and are projected to have a good number of job openings. These are considered to have better career prospects than occupations with fewer stars. This methodology was derived by LEAD. A detailed methodology of Star Jobs as well as additional information are available on the NC Department of Commerce website.
How are the projections of future job opportunities made?
LEAD prepares 10-year projections of occupations and industries biennially following a nationally-utilized process outlined by the U.S. Employment and Training Administration. The methodology takes account of long-term industry trends at the national, state, and local levels and changes in the makeup of occupations within industries. While factors such as changes in technologies, international trade, and production processes are applied, these projections are generally considered conservative in its forecasts and often do not try to anticipate sweeping new technology advancements – the widespread use of driverless cars or 3D printers. Projections are made at the state and regional levels (defined by commuting patterns). Counties and cities are typically considered too small to run projections since just one or two large employers can great affect an occupation’s outlook.
Why do some occupations not have Star Ratings?
Of the 823 Occupations that are in existence in North Carolina and included in the site, 702 received a star rating. Occupations that are not rated did not have enough information available to make an informed decision. This lack of information could be due a number of factors including suppression of data or limited opportunities.
Is there a difference between the Long and Short Interest Profiler version? Will they give me different results?
While both the Long and Short Versions provide good results, it is recommend users take the Long Version for the most reliable results. The longer, 60-question, version was created first and the shorter, 30-question, version was created based on feedback that the longer version did not work as well on mobile devices.
The tools available on the previous version of NCcareers.org worked better for my purposes. Is there anywhere I can access those tools?
Yes, tools.nccareers.org is the home for many of the tools in their previous form that are now incorporated into the NCcareers.org.
There was a "Printables" link available on the front page of the previous version of NCcareers.org where I could download PDFs of Star Jobs brochures and posters, Career Cluster Guides, Mini-career Cluster guides and more, where is that?
The “Printables” are available here (or click on "Educator Resources" in the footer at the bottom of each page and then click on the "Printables & Tools" tab). These include the latest version of the Statewide and Regional Star Jobs Brochure as well as the latest version of the Mini Career Cluster guides.
I have some ideas for information/data that would be very useful to NCcareers.org users. How do I let share it with you?
You can find our contact information on the Contact Us page (also in the footer of the site at the bottom of every page).