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To begin this job seeking process, I assisted Matt in outlining the skills that he currently had developed throughout his schooling and job experience. In utilizing ONETs skills search, we began to understand the areas in which Matt was highly skilled. Also, we now had an understanding of what areas did not interest Matt. There were three main areas in which his skills were highly developed: basic skills, social skills, and technical skills. After identifying his interests into the inventory, Matts interest code was identified as Enterprising Realistic and Investigative (ERI). His interest code allowed us to find appropriate jobs that involved working with ideas that involved intensive thinking, jobs that involved hands on activity, and an occupation that dealt with beginning and finishing a project. In completely the skills inventory, ONET listed the top jobs in which his skills would be best suited, including Respiratory Therapy Technicians, Nuclear Engineer, and Sales Engineer. The table below lists the 16 skills that match his profile to the job he chose to further explore: Sales Engineer.
Judgment and Decision Making
Complex Problem Solving
After we had identified his career of interest, we then began to explore the labor market in order to evaluate if this was a growing field of employment. Using ONET, we explored the state and national trends for the occupation of Sales Engineer. Although this web site did not have available information on this particular career for the state of West Virginia, it did provide information on the National level. The projected growth on the national level for this career over the next ten years was approximately 14% (see graph below). Statistically speaking, that would mean that over the next ten years, 3,200 new employees would be needed in order to meet the demand. This particular occupation was listed under indemand on the ONET web site. This means that Matt advancing in a career that is economically critical and substancially adding jobs into the labor market. The main point of concern dealt with is the idea of relocating for this particular career; however, just because the information was not available through this web site did not mean that this job category was not available within the state. Using ONET, we also searched for annual salaries to