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Typical education and training requirements are provided for hundreds of occupations using a system that assigns separate categories for education, work experience, and on-the-job training. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) created the education and training classification system. BLS economists make each assignment based on their knowledge, judgment, and analysis of data and interviews with educators, employers, training experts, and experts in professional and trade associations. Assignments are reviewed every two years and modified as necessary. Though the classification assignments are based on national research, a review by North Dakota labor market analysts indicates a reasonable match between national and state requirements for a vast majority of the occupations. A handful of occupations were modified to more accurately reflect typical state requirements.

Long-term employment projections are a ten-year look at North Dakota's future job demand by industry and occupation updated every other year. Projections can be used for career planning purposes, assessing future training needs, aiding in workforce recruiting efforts, or analyzing industry and occupation demand trends.

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is a federal statistical standard used by government entities to classify business establishments into industrial categories for the purpose of collecting, calculating, or disseminating data. Business establishments are classified into one of more than 1,000 detailed industries according to their primary economic activity. Detailed industries in the NAICS with similar production processes are grouped together. The NAICS is reviewed and revised as necessary on a five-year cycle.

The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is a national career exploration and job analysis tool. O*NET was developed under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a national source of career information designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. This resource was developed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system is a federal statistical standard used by government entities to classify workers into occupational categories for the purpose of collecting, calculating, or disseminating data. All workers are classified into one of more than 800 detailed occupations according to their occupational definition. Detailed occupations in the SOC with similar job duties, and in some cases skills, education, and/or training, are grouped together. The SOC structure is reviewed and revised as necessary on a ten-year cycle.