Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2005

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2005
Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2005
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Labor Statistics Bureau Bulletin 2585. Issued May 2007. 

This bulletin provides occupational employment and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey. Included are national, State, and Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) estimates across all industries, as well as by industry. The tables in the bulletin present cross-industry national estimates for Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) major occupational groups and detailed occupations, as well as selected industry-specific national estimates and cross-industry State and MSA estimates for selected detailed occupations. National industry estimates by industry sector and at the three-digit, four-digit, and selected five-digit industry level within the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) are available on the Internet at www.bls.gov/oes/. Cross-industry estimates for all States and metropolitan areas are available on the same Website.

The estimates are based on data collected during the 2002- 05 surveys and are adjusted to full universe counts for the reference period, May 2005 for wage data and the average of May 2005 and November 2004 for employment data, based on information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Covered Employment and Wages program.

The OES program is a Federal-State cooperative effort between the State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). BLS provides technical assistance and the statistical procedures for the survey; the SWAs collect the data. For many years, the OES survey has been a major source of detailed occupational employment data by industry for the Nation, for States, and for metropolitan areas. This survey provides information for many data users, including individuals and organizations engaged in planning vocational education programs, higher education programs, and employment and training programs. OES data also are used to prepare information for career counseling, for job placement activities performed at State Workforce Agencies, and for personnel planning and market research conducted by private enterprises.

This bulletin was prepared in the BLS Office of Employment and Unemployment Statistics, Division of Occupational Employment Statistics, under the direction of Laurie Salmon, with contributing articles by Benjamin Cover, Fatemeh Hajiha, Jeffrey Holt, Dina Itkin, John Jones, Michael Soloy, Zachary Warren, and Audrey Watson. Benjamin Cover, John Ichiro Jones, Jeffrey Holt, and Michael Soloy prepared the charts and tables.

Information in this bulletin will be made available to sensory-impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: 1-800-877-8339. This material is in the public domain and, with appropriate credit, may be reproduced without permission.




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Employment and Wages by Major Occupational Group and Industry.........2
Fatemeh Hajiha

Occupational Shares in Growing and Shrinking Establishments........... 6
Zachary Warren

Wages and Employment of Workers in Automobile Manufacturing........ 20
Jeffrey Holt

Wage and Employment Patterns in the Mining Sector..... 23
Dina Itkin

Examining Social Science Occupation................... 31
Ben Cover

A Concise Look at Occupations in the Life and Physical Sciences......... 38
John I. Jones

Crime Fighter........... 46
Michael Soloy

Occupational Composition of the Elder Care Industries, May 2005........53
Audrey Watson

Employment Changes from 2001 to 2005 for Occupations Concentrated in the Finance Industries….68
Fatemeh Hajiha


Table 1. National employment and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, by occupation, May 2005...............73
Table 2. National employment and wage data for the 10 largest occupations by industry, May 2005…85
Table 3. Industry, State, and MSA data for selected occupations, May 2005...135

A. The Standard Occupational Classification System..............250
B. Survey Methods and Reliability Statement for the May 2005 Occupational Employment Statistics Survey……252
C. Availability of Historical Occupational Employment Statistics Survey Data Nationally and from State Agencies.........261


Employers, employees, and job seekers would be interested in this information.

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