FAQs

Below is a topically organized list of frequently asked questions.  


AGENCIES

What is the Nebraska Department of Economic Development?
The lead economic development agency for Nebraska. The emphasis of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development is to grow and diversify the state’s economic base and bring new dollars into the state.

What is the Nebraska Department of Education? 
A state agency whose responsibilities include statewide testing, special education, adult education, teacher certification, teacher preparation, state aid distribution, educational equity/instructional strategies, data collections, nutrition services, early childhood education, career education, school improvement and accreditation as well as curriculum instruction and innovation. The Department also oversees the operation of the Nebraska Center for the Education of Children Who are Blind or Visually Impaired and services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing as well as Vocational Rehabilitation services.

What is the Nebraska Department of Labor?  
A state agency that administers the state’s workforce programs, including employment services and training opportunities through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, and unemployment insurance. The Department is also responsible for providing information to the public and private sectors on administering laws governing work conditions, employee safety, child labor issues, and labor market information.


CAREER CLUSTERS

What are Career Clusters?
Groups of occupations in the same field and with similar required skills. National Career Clusters organize tens of thousands of occupations in order to assist students with career planning and to assist incumbent and dislocated workers with retooling and retraining in similar career fields. The Nebraska Department of Education adopted National Career Clusters to create the Nebraska Career Clusters Model or the Nebraska Career Education Model.

What is the Nebraska Career Clusters Model 
Otherwise known as the Nebraska Career Education model, a model developed by the Nebraska Department of Education that reorganizes national career clusters into larger career cluster fields. The Nebraska Career Clusters Model can expose students and job seekers to related careers within larger career fields. 


ECONOMIC INDUSTRY CLUSTERS

What are Nebraska’s Economic Industry Clusters? 
As defined by the Battelle study, Nebraska Economic Industry Clusters are “closely related industries that are logically connected” and contribute to a significant level of state economic activity and wealth. Economic Industry Clusters “may share a common market that they serve, while others are based more on shared ‘know how’ such as in the biosciences or information technology” related clusters.

What is the Battelle Study? 
The Battelle Study, more accurately titled Growing Jobs, Industries, and Talent: A Competitive Advantage Assessment and Strategy for the State of Nebraska, was a statewide economic development study published in 2010. The study was created from a partnership of the Nebraska Departments of Economic Development and Labor. These agencies contracted with the Battelle company to conduct the study. The Battelle study created Nebraska’s Economic Industry Clusters.

How were Nebraska’s Economic Industry Clusters determined? 
The Battelle study created Nebraska’s Economic Industry Clusters based on strength of industry employment trends, economic output, geographic presence across the state, and future growth projections.


GEOGRAPHY

How were Nebraska’s Economic Development Regions established?
The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) developed Economic Development Regions as a way to disseminate labor market information that could not be published at the county level due to confidentiality issues. NDOL distributed counties into economic regions based on their level of social and economic integration with other counties as determined by commuting data. The Omaha, Lincoln, and Grand Island regions follow the definition for Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) as established by the U. S. Office of Management and Budget. The Omaha Consortium only contains data for the Nebraska counties in the Omaha MSA. 


H3 OCCUPATIONS

What does H3 Mean? 
High wage, high skill, and high demand. Occupations are high wage when at least half of their wage measures are at or above the wages for all occupations, all industries in the same region. All occupations that require some college, no degree or a higher level of educational attainment are high skill. Occupations that require a high school diploma or equivalent plus long-term on-the-job training, an apprenticeship, or internship/residency are also high skill.  The number of annual openings, net change in employment, and growth rate determine whether an occupation is high demand. An occupation must be high wage, high skill, and high demand to be an H3 occupation.  

What is the methodology for H3 Occupations? 
The H3 methodology is available here.


OCCUPATION_RELATED

What are Current Job Openings?    
The number of positions that individuals can apply for within NEworks. The number of positions may vary from week to week. Job postings within NEworks are updated every 24 hours, whereas the H3 website postings are updated weekly.

What is a Green Job?    
A green job may fall into 3 categories: 1) an existing job that has an increase in employment demand due to green economic activity and technology, but whose work and work requirements have not changed significantly due to green economy activity and technology; 2) an existing job whose work and work requirements have changed significantly due to green economic activity and technology; 3) a new job created due to green economic activity and technology. The classification of green jobs is based on research from the National Center for O*NET Development on the green economy. O*NET defines the green economy as “economic activity related to reducing the use of fossil fuels, decreasing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the efficiency of energy usage, recycling materials, and developing and adopting renewable sources of energy.” 

What is a Nationwide Hot Job?  
One of O*NET Online’s Bright Outlook Occupations. Bright Outlook Occupations or Nationwide Hot Jobs meet at least one of the following criteria: 1) have a projected employment growth rate of 22% or more from 2012-2022; 2) have 100,000 or more projected job openings from 2012-2022; 3) are a New & Emerging occupation in a high growth industry.

What is a Related Occupation?  
Related occupations include occupations that have similar skills and duties as a target occupation, so that skills and experience from a target occupation could transfer to related occupations. Related occupations also include occupations that represent similar interests and capabilities as a target occupation, so that job seekers who are interested in a target occupation may also be interested in related occupations. 

What is a SOC Code?  
SOC code stands for Standard Occupational Classification code. Federal statistical agencies use SOC codes to classify occupations.

What are Training Providers? 
Post-secondary (after high school) institutions or organizations that provide training in Nebraska for the associated occupations.


PROJECTIONS

What are Occupational Projections?   
Occupations projections provide an estimate of future employment at major, minor, and detailed occupational levels. Occupational projections are classified by the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system. The lowest level of publication detail is the six digit detailed occupation level. These occupations are grouped into minor groups, which are at the three digit level. These minor groups add up to 23 major groups, which are at the two digit level. Projections are only produced for 22 major occupational groups. NDOL does not produce projections for the Military Specific major occupational group.

What are Industry Projections? 
Industry projections provide an estimate of future employment at the industry level. Industries are classified by the The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and produced at the subsector, sector, and supersector level. The three digit NAICS subsector level provides the lowest level of industry detail. Industries at the three digit level add up to the two digit level called a sector, and industries at the two digit sector level add up to the supersector level. 

How frequently are Long-Term Industry and Occupational projections updated? 
Every two years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) calculates national projections first. Then states develop their projections after national projections are released. New national projections are released in the last quarter of odd numbered years and new state level projections are released by the end of June in even numbered years.

How are Industry Projections determined? 
 The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) develops industry projections by combining employment time series data with current economic indicators. Past and current employment trends and economic data is applied to calculate industry employment projections. NDOL uses the same process to calculate Statewide and Regional projections.

How are Occupational Projections determined?   
The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) creates occupational projections by merging industry projections data with staffing patterns from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program to create an industry-occupational matrix. This matrix shows the ratios of employment by occupation in a specific industry, which becomes the basis for occupational projections. NDOL uses the same process to calculate both Statewide and Regional projections.


RESOURCES

What are Internship Opportunities?
Temporary, paid or unpaid positions that provide on-the-job training and work experience. A list of paid internship opportunities with Nebraska businesses is available here internne.com

What is Career Readiness?
A free online course that helps users improve basic skills for job readiness. Some topics the course covers are seeking employment, communication, conflict resolution, teamwork and leadership, and financial and personal well-being.

What is Professional Development?
An online course targeted towards fostering knowledge and skills for educator success in the workplace. After completing this course, the learner will have explored effective classroom management, the learning environment, types of assessments, technology in the classroom, understanding adult learners, and utilizing the literacy and numeracy measures of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

What is My Next Move?
My Next Move is an interactive tool for job seekers and students who wish to learn more about their career options. This website offers information on tasks, skills, education, salary, and more for over 900 different careers. Users can find careers through keyword search, by browsing industries that employ different types of workers, or through the O*NET Interest Profiler.

What is My Skills My Future?
A website that helps laid-off workers and other career changers find and explore new occupations. The site allows users to identify occupations that require similar skills and knowledge as their current or previous job, learn more about these occupations, locate local training programs, and apply for jobs.

What is NEworks?   
NEworks is a Nebraska Department of Labor website designed to assist job seekers and students search for the right job and help employers find strong job candidates. The site extracts thousands of job openings from nearly every employer in Nebraska. Employers can post job openings on NEworks and search for job candidates. Job Seekers can use the site to search for the latest job openings, post their resumes online, fine career guidance, search for training and education programs, and more. In addition to serving as a hub for the state’s workforce services, the site provides publications and labor market data on workforce trends, occupation, industry, employment, wages, and more for the state and its smaller geographic regions.

What is Nebraska Career Connections?
An online education, career exploration and planning tool for students, parents, educators, job seekers, and employers funded through a public-private partnership. The website is free to all Nebraska students grades 7 – 12 and adult job seekers. 

What is O*NET Online?
A national premier source of occupational information. It provides free occupational descriptions for students, job seekers, and educators nationwide. O*NET uses occupational surveys to systematically compile and update their data. Occupational information and descriptions from O*NET are easily searchable from their online occupational and career exploration tools. 


Further Resources

If you have any questions regarding the labor market information presented on this website please contact LMI_NE@nebraska.gov

If you have any questions regarding the job openings information presented on this website please contact NDOL.neworkshelp@nebraska.gov

If you have any questions concerning the training options listed or the Nebraska Standards for Career Ready Practice, please contact Nde.nce@nebraska.gov