Long-term employment projections are a ten-year look at future job demand by industry and occupation updated every other year. The 2014-2024 employment projections are the most recent data available. While it is impossible to forecast absolute industrial and occupational demand, it is conceivable to estimate changes in relative magnitude and probable direction. Projections should be considered a starting point and used in conjunction with other sources of information, especially those relating to labor supply.
Long-term employment projections attempt to quantify the economy’s demand for jobs ten years into the future and provide insight into the state’s growing, stable, or declining industries and occupations. Projections can be used for career planning purposes, assessing future training needs, aiding in workforce recruiting efforts, or analyzing industry and occupation demand trends.
In order to produce projections and promote consistency across fifty states, North Dakota utilizes the Projections Suite software system, which is a national standard product of the Projections Workgroup under the direction of the Projections Managing Partnership (PMP). The PMP works in cooperation with the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Projections Suite system was developed by the Utah Department of Technology Services.