Oklahoma Works Critical Occupations and Data
Following Governor Fallin's term as the chairman of the National Governors Association and its America Works Initiative, Oklahoma Works was formally rolled-out during the Governor's 2015 State of the State address. The OBPVS then began to collect additional data from the schools the agency licenses using SOC (Standard Occupational Classification, by the Bureau of Labor Statistics within the U.S. Department of Labor) or CIP (Classification of Instructional Programs by the National Center for Education Statistics within the U.S. Department of Education) Codes. Crosswalks exist to rapidly convert one code to the other.
Visit the US Dept. of Labor SOC to learn more about SOC Codes, view a list, or access the Crosswalk.
The coding is significant, because the State of Oklahoma identified Critical Occupations vital to the lines of employment. Hence, education and employment were formally linked together to enhance workforce development. The original 2014 listing of Critical Occupations predicted available employment in 2020 where 2016's identified occupations extend to the year 2025. Education is important to train people for the jobs that will be available.
Through education the Skills Gap (a difference between the training accomplished by individuals and the forecast available jobs) may be reduced. Please see the 2016 Critical Occupations for specific data.
Graduate and Enrollment
To date, the OBPVS has collected data twice from the sub-set of licensed Schools that were already internally collecting data, by SOC or CIP Code. For both the 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 enrollment periods, data was reported by twenty-two (22) schools by SOC Code. On the two enrollment years' data reports, a field on the table that is in white (absent of color) identifies the exact education level specified for each individual Critical Occupation.
With the Rules, the Board of the OBPVS spelled-out its interest in data being collection from all licensed schools by SOC or CIP Code, rather than only those schools already collecting data, by a code. In May or June 2017, the OBPVS plans to issue its next data call for data for the enrollment periods 2014/2015 and 2015/2016. Please continue to watch this website for additional data to be displayed.
If Workforce Development is of interest to you, please be sure and review the information available throughout this page.