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Occupations in Demand map

Go to the Learn about an occupation - OID list page 

The Occupations in Demand list is the product of a collaborative effort between ESD and Washington’s 12 Local Workforce Development Boards. LWDBs manage local lists and ensure the content is relevant, current and tailored to each local area. LWDBs can send updates and feedback to OID@esd.wa.gov.

What is the OID list?

The OID list shows whether an occupation in a local area is considered in demand, not in demand, or balanced. It also gives information about employment growth, wages, education needed, and how to access job postings, training and other resources. The list is used to support decisions surrounding eligibility for Training Benefits, WIOA and other training programs. The goal is to create opportunities for workers to acquire skills needed to access in-demand, living-wage jobs in their communities. Eligibility for training programs often hinges on the ability to demonstrate that the chosen occupation is likely to grow and support them in the future.

Status definitions

  • In demand: job seekers have a greater probability of finding work within an occupation.
  • Not in demand: job seekers have a lesser probability of finding work within an occupation.
  • Balanced: job seekers have an uncertain probability of finding work within an occupation.    

How to use the OID map

Search for or select an occupation title to see its demand status by county. “In demand” is associated with blue shading, “balanced” is associated with gray shading, and “not in demand” is associated with red shading. The map includes occupations that have 50 or more jobs within a designated geographical area. If your search produces no results, the occupation you picked is not on the list for your area. Click here for technical documentation for the list. You may also download the current list as a csv file.