In Exploring a
Skills-Based Approach to Occupational Mobility, researchers from
Philadelphia and Cleveland Feds analyze the skills that employers request in the 33 largest metro areas and look
opportunities for workers to transfer their skills from one occupation to a similar — but higher-paying
— occupation in the same labor market. This application is designed to make the findings interactive and
wholly accessible to those interested in economic mobility.
Build Your Path
When a metro area and an origin (or starting) occupation are
the occupations requiring the most similar skills and representing at least a 10% increase in wages will be
displayed. Only lower-wage occupations (paying below the national annual median wage) and opportunity
(paying above the national annual median wage but not requiring a bachelor’s degree) are available in this
path builder. The similarity score for two occupations ranges from 0 to 1 and is higher for occupations
Select two occupations in the same metro area to compare the 25 most
in-demand skills and the share of job advertisements requesting each skill.
View Top Transitions
Select a metro area to explore all of its “top
transitions” – our term for occupational transitions with a similarity score over 0.75. The
occupation in each represents at least a 10% increase in wages relative to the origin, does not require a
bachelor’s degree, and is projected to grow or decline only marginally over the next decade.