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Sources for Median Wage Data

  • Regional median wage data by occupation are based on the 2009 - 2012 Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, which collects information from approximately 52,000 businesses.
  • For more information, please see:

Source for training, education, and work experience requirements

  • 2012 Education and training assignments by detailed occupation, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) uses a system to assign categories for entry-level education, related work experience, and typical on-the-job training to each occupation for which BLS publishes projections data. In addition, educational attainment data for each occupation are presented to show the level of education achieved by workers who are employed in the occupations.

Source for self-sufficiency amounts

  • The Self-Sufficiency Standard for New York State 2010, Diana M. Pearce Ph.D.
  • In this study, self-sufficiency estimates are derived for 70 different family types by county in New York State using a number of changing costs, from housing to childcare. Westchester County is split into Yonkers and Balance of Westchester County, and New York County is split into North Manhattan and South Manhattan. South Manhattan is defined as the area south of Central Park.
  • The self-sufficiency amounts were adjusted for inflation using the first quarter 2013 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers to adjust the total annual income. For the New York City Region, Long Island Region and Hudson Valley Region, the New York City Metropolitan Area CPI was used. All other regions used the Northeast Urban CPI.
  • Children's age ranges :
    • Infant: up to 3 years of age
    • Preschooler: from 3-5 years of age
    • School age: 6-12 years of age
    • Teenager: 13-18 years of age
  • Additional children above the maximum 3 shown are estimated on a regional average of costs of children of that same age bracket.

Source for Occupational Outlook and Occupation Data

  • Based on Occupational Employment and Statistics Survey (OES), the 2010 – 2020 Employment Prospects data are available at:
  • Regional employment prospects data are displayed whenever possible. In cases where regional data are not available, statewide estimates are used and denoted with an “*”. Occupations that do not have information available are denoted with an N/A.
  • Employment prospects are available for over 700 occupations. Employment prospects cover the 2010-2020 period. Data are updated every two years. For more information concerning employment prospects, see Technical Notes.
  • Each occupation is assigned one of four descriptors (Very Favorable, Favorable, Unfavorable, and Very Unfavorable) which describe the future employment prospects for that occupation. Two factors are used to determine the descriptor:
    1. Projected total number of annual openings over the projections period (2010-2020).
    2. Projected percentage growth rate over the projections period (2010-2020).
  • Projected percentage growth rate over the projections period (2010-2020).

Source for Occupational Outlook and Occupation Data

  • 2007-2011 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Estimates, Table S2402.
  • For more information on ACS data, please visit http: