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Career Research

Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates (OES)

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program is a Federal-State cooperative effort that produces employment and wage estimates for about 800 different occupations. In Missouri, the program is operated by the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development/Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Occupational Projections

Employment projections give an overview of where the Missouri economy may be headed based on past and present trends.

Career Grades Report

Find out which jobs have the best pay, most openings and fastest growth by knowing their grade.

Career Pathways

Career pathways highlight different jobs in sectors, from entry-level to higher skill, that are in demand



Labor Supply and Demand

Missouri Labor Supply and Demand Analysis

Compare which jobs are in high demand yet have few job seekers chasing those opportunities.

Closing the Gap

Supply and demand gaps exist in healthcare, business, and science and technology jobs.

Real-Time Job Summaries

Real-Time Labor Market Summaries covering the past 6 months.



Jobs and Education

Missouri Jobs by Education and Skill Level

Missouri has a wide range of occupations that require various levels of education and skill. This report will highlight the employment, openings, and wages of occupations based on education and skill level.

Education Pays

The link between education and earnings is clear. At each increased level of educational attainment, there is a significant increase in average wage.


Workforce Research Library

Review MERIC Library and select reports