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Labor Market Information

Planning for a new career is easier than you think. IWD has the resources to help any Iowan advance in their career path or find a start in a new one. The following resources provide key information on Iowa's industries, including data from IWD's Labor Market Information Division, as well as other agency resources. 

Whether you're a job seeker, employer, or any Iowan that's interested in the workforce, let us help to get you started. 

Aiding In Your Career Journey: Career Resources And Occupational Information

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The Occupational Outlook report provide data on occupations that are considered fast growing. For example, "hot Job" for occupations that have strong projected growth with high wages, and are in high demand;  science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM) occupations; and jobs that are considered "green jobs" jobs related to goods or services that benefit the environment.

Statewide reports are also available (All reports are Excel files).

Note: Iowa's Local Workforce Development Areas have been updated. New reports will be posted to this page as soon as they become available. For more information, visit this link. For information on the area definitions on current reports, visit this link.

Reports: Occupational Outlooks


Long-term occupational projections, also known as forecasts, provide helpful information on the expected job growth. The data provided includes estimated employment, growth rate, openings, wages, education, work experience, job training, skills and more. Short-term, two-year, projections are also available for the State of Iowa and local areas. Projections/forecast data can be viewed on the Occupational Projections page.


Information is also available on the occupations in Iowa that require a license, certificate or commission issued at the State level. Licensing requirements, associated fees and examination information can be viewed by visiting the Iowa Licensed Occupations page.