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Delaware Data for Career Pathway Planning
    Introduction 

Employment data at the state and regional level play an important role in the approval of new Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. Such programs are more likely to be approved if there are sizeable projected job openings for occupations related to the educational program’s pathway and cluster. Another factor that supports program approval is a projected average wage for occupations in the pathway/cluster that is higher than the average wage for the state.

The federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 includes several references to High Skill, High Wage, or High Demand occupations. Not all high wage occupations require high skills (Bachelor’s degree or higher). In the next ten years nearly half of the job openings in the U.S. and Delaware will require middle-level skills.

The Delaware Department of Education, in collaboration with Delaware Department of Labor, developed definitions for "middle-skill, high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand" occupations as follows:

  • Middle Skill: Occupations requiring some type of post-secondary education (such as an apprenticeship, certification, or an Associate’s degree) but not a Bachelor’s degree; or High School education with some work experience or at least one month on-the-job training or credential attainment.

  • High Skill: Occupations requiring at least a Bachelor’s degree, or Associates’ Degree with either a required Residency/Internship or five years of experience.

  • High Wage: Occupations paying more than the Delaware all-industry statewide median wage ($40,895 in 2019).

  • High Demand: Occupations with at least 4 annual job openings due to growth in Delaware.

These designations of occupations help direct investment into educational programs that have the potential to be the most effective for student outcomes. Since program completers are likely to find employment in a wide range of related occupations under a career pathway or cluster, an attempt has been made to designate career pathways and clusters with the Middle Skill, High Skill, High Wage and High Demand designations. This framework provides the basis for linking program completion with cluster-wide job placement data to evaluate the effectiveness of CTE programs.

For more information, please contact the Delaware Department of Education by phone at 302.735.4015 or by email to Nicole Lawless at Nicole.Lawless@doe.k12.de.us.

U.S. and Mid-Atlantic States: Labor Market Summary Data
RegionEmployment
2019
Employment
Change 2016-26
Employment
Growth 2016-26
Avg. Wage
2019
United States146,875,480   11,518,500      7.4%           $53,490    
Delaware451,900   28,680      6.1%           $54,370    
District of Columbia723,510   60,280      7.6%           $89,800    
Maryland2,701,010   211,290      7.7%           $60,230    
New Jersey4,087,950   352,730      8.2%           $59,980    
Pennsylvania5,901,590   342,030      5.5%           $51,340    
Virginia3,878,770   417,700      10.2%           $56,740    
Delaware: Labor Market Summary Data by Career Clusters
Career ClusterMSHSHWHDEmployment
2019
Employment
Change 2016-26
Employment
Growth 2016-26
Avg. Wage
2019
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources    3,230       245           3.6%           $41,506    
Architecture & Construction  26,500       2,035           7.1%           $53,761    
Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications  1,690       -28           -0.8%           $53,098    
Business Management & Administration   68,540       423           0.6%           $54,105    
Education & Training  21,140       1,777           6.7%           $63,768    
Finance 14,830       3,061           11.1%           $83,080    
Government & Public Administration 4,910       492           10.7%           $66,043    
Health Science 42,860       6,946           14.6%           $64,654    
Hospitality & Tourism   47,890       5,822           9.5%           $28,782    
Human Services   11,940       2,458           13.9%           $41,285    
Information Technology  7,770       1,628           12.2%           $85,032    
Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security   13,660       815           5.2%           $50,330    
Manufacturing   22,400       -38           -0.1%           $44,692    
Marketing  48,490       603           1.1%           $45,197    
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics   5,590       683           9.0%           $103,213    
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics  27,860       1,153           3.5%           $41,784    
Mid-Atlantic States: Labor Market Summary Data by Career Clusters
Career ClusterRegionEmployment
2019
Employment
Change 2016-26
Employment
Growth 2016-26
Avg. Wage
2019
Agriculture, Food & Natural ResourcesMid-Atlantic130,830 9,760     3.9%       $51,996 
Architecture & ConstructionMid-Atlantic1,002,830 107,650     9.2%       $56,123 
Arts, Audio/Video Technology & CommunicationsMid-Atlantic191,920 5,380     2.1%       $59,241 
Business Management & AdministrationMid-Atlantic2,910,730 102,940     3.1%       $60,621 
Education & TrainingMid-Atlantic935,700 95,970     8.2%       $70,006 
FinanceMid-Atlantic617,640 51,060     6.9%       $84,038 
Government & Public AdministrationMid-Atlantic141,780 8,880     6.0%       $66,972 
Health ScienceMid-Atlantic1,441,050 275,700     16.1%       $66,168 
Hospitality & TourismMid-Atlantic1,657,780 220,860     10.3%       $29,296 
Human ServicesMid-Atlantic532,550 146,310     15.5%       $42,026 
Information TechnologyMid-Atlantic341,890 75,990     11.6%       $91,729 
Law, Public Safety, Corrections & SecurityMid-Atlantic636,290 29,170     4.0%       $72,434 
ManufacturingMid-Atlantic1,003,920 29,540     2.4%       $46,632 
MarketingMid-Atlantic1,839,640 82,420     4.1%       $49,661 
Science, Technology, Engineering & MathematicsMid-Atlantic308,790 27,220     8.5%       $103,586 
Transportation, Distribution & LogisticsMid-Atlantic1,342,100 125,930     8.5%       $41,214 

 

United States: Labor Market Summary Data by Career Clusters
Career ClusterRegionEmployment
2019
Employment
Change 2016-26
Employment
Growth 2016-26
Avg. Wage
2019
Agriculture, Food & Natural ResourcesUnited States1,495,320 119,600     3.7%       $45,687 
Architecture & ConstructionUnited States9,092,870 1,108,200     10.6%       $54,666 
Arts, Audio/Video Technology & CommunicationsUnited States1,765,020 39,300     1.5%       $57,998 
Business Management & AdministrationUnited States23,180,810 589,000     2.2%       $57,041 
Education & TrainingUnited States7,606,160 1,021,900     9.6%       $67,390 
FinanceUnited States5,166,770 477,100     7.9%       $79,117 
Government & Public AdministrationUnited States1,168,560 87,300     7.4%       $63,103 
Health ScienceUnited States11,644,020 2,487,500     18.2%       $67,333 
Hospitality & TourismUnited States14,793,830 1,731,300     8.8%       $29,263 
Human ServicesUnited States3,942,240 1,494,700     18.6%       $42,413 
Information TechnologyUnited States2,253,800 551,600     13.1%       $82,734 
Law, Public Safety, Corrections & SecurityUnited States4,756,490 289,500     5.4%       $65,014 
ManufacturingUnited States10,181,120 -140,300     -1.1%       $45,240 
MarketingUnited States15,856,420 643,300     3.7%       $47,066 
Science, Technology, Engineering & MathematicsUnited States2,179,770 184,200     8.5%       $102,319 
Transportation, Distribution & LogisticsUnited States11,245,370 830,600     6.7%       $42,200 

 

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 • Sources: Delaware Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
 • Mid-Atlantic includes Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
 • MS, HS, HW and HD are abbreviations for Middle Skill, High Skill, High Wage and High Demand Occupations
 • MS & HS Cluster/Pathway: A Cluster/Pathway is designated as MS if, within the cluster/pathway, the percentage of MS occupations is at least thirty (30) percent
   of the total number of occupations reported for that cluster/pathway. The same process is used to determine HS clusters/pathways.
 • HW & HD Cluster/Pathway: A Cluster/Pathway is designated as HW if, within the cluster/pathway, the total employment for HW occupations is greater than the
   total employment for non-HW occupations. The same process is used to determine HD for clusters/pathways.