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An animation depicting past, present, and future occupational market trends for various sectoros of the labor force.

Visualizing U.S. Occupational Market Trends – Past, Present, and Future

By Justin Sorensen

Have you ever wondered what trends in U.S. occupational markets look likeAn image depicting 2010, 2020, and 2015 Management, Business, and Financial Operations occupations. over time? Where are higher areas of demand presenting themselves and where are they projected to be in the near future? This week’s Map Monday release visualizes these questions by examining various occupational markets and their geospatial changes at various temporal levels. #Map MondayAn image depicting 2010, 2020, and 2015 Professional and Related occupations.

This week’s geospatial visualization is a simple representation of how programs such as Social Explorer can be utilized to quickly visualize changes in data over time. Our analysis focuses on available Market Profile data for 2010 (Past), 2020 (Present), and 2025 (Future) in the following occupational categories:An image depicting 2010, 2020, and 2015 Sales and Office occupations.

  • Management, Business, and Financial Operations
  • Professional and Related
  • Sales and Office
  • ServiceAn image depicting 2010, 2020, and 2015 Service occupations.
  • Farm, Fishing, and Forestry
  • Construction, Extraction, and Maintenance
  • Production, Transportation, and Material Moving

Each visualization employees a dot-density analysis where individual points represent a minimum of 2,500 jobs. While these visualizations are presented atAn image depicting 2010, 2020, and 2015 Farm, Fishing, and Forestry occupations. a national perspective, more detailed and refined findings can be obtained by analyzing the data on a smaller scale, such as state, county, or metropolitan levels. Comparing each set of temporal data side-by-side presents viewers with the story of where occupational markets have been, where they are now, and where they are expected to go in the years to come.An image depicting 2010, 2020, and 2015 market trends for Construction, Extraction, and Maintenance occupations.

Can you identify the patterns and trends presented in this data? Consider examining or working with these and other informative data sets available to you through Social Explorer – (see below for information on accessing the software).

Happy Mapping!An image depicting 2010, 2020, and 2015 Production, Transportation, and Material Moving occupations.

Justin Sorensen | GIS Specialist
Creativity & Innovation Services / GIS Services

  • Did you know as students, staff, and faculty of the University of Utah, you have free access to the tools and datasets available through Social Explorer? Check out this past blog post for additional information: Exploring Demographic Data Through Social Explorer
  • Interested in creating or collaborating on a similar project? Please visit the GIS Services website to connect with me.

About Map Monday Releases from GIS Services

Throughout the semester, GIS Services will be releasing bi-weekly maps on a variety of topics, demonstrating ideas and uses for incorporating geospatial technology into projects and research you are developing. To view our collection of maps, projects, or to learn more about the geospatial services offered through the J. Willard Marriott Library, please visit the GIS Services website @

  • Nisan Nakliyat
    Posted at 16:07h, 19 May Reply

    Thank you for this great article.

  • dedi suarna
    Posted at 10:32h, 29 October Reply

    Hi, Justin Sorensen., . Thanks for taking the time to create this article.

  • Jane Anderson
    Posted at 11:31h, 01 December Reply

    I am going to enter the same specialty and now I am looking for various information for myself. Your blog is very helpful, thanks

  • Kaleem Afzal Khan
    Posted at 19:46h, 29 March Reply

    Is there any scope for Civil Engineering?

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