Each JobSync report begins with an overview of the occupational and foundational competencies for the job family. This is followed by a series of appendices that document the process used to analyze the family.

How to read a JobSync report

Although each report runs about 30 pages, crucial information for the job family is grouped toward the front, compiled from information documented in the subsequent sections.

Occupational Competencies
This section covers top 15 occupational competencies for the job family. These are drawn and averaged from the federal government’s O*NET data. Scores are averaged for each occupation within the job family, and they are reviewed, revised and confirmed by panels of local experts – people who are experienced and accomplished in these fields.

Remembering that occupational competencies are specific tasks and functions, the “Importance Rating” provides an average score for significance in job performance.

The “Level Rating” is an average rating of how proficient a worker must be in each competency to perform.

The O*NET’s occupation titles included within the job family are listed in Appendix C.

Detailed lists of the occupational competencies, including specific tasks, are listed in Appendix D. These descriptions are drawn from years of extensive occupational surveys. Appendix D can be a useful resource for writing effective job descriptions and job postings.

Foundational Competencies
This section ranks the top 15 communication, cognitive, character and physical abilities for the job family. As with occupational competencies, scores ranging from 0 to 100 are averaged for each occupation within the job family. These scores are reviewed, revised and confirmed by panels of local experts. Each of these competencies are defined in Appendix G.

Career Interests Profile
These are based on the occupational information collected by O*NET about preferences for work environments and outcomes. They are based on the model known as RIASEC interests: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, Conventional. If you are interested in completing the O*NET’s Interest Profiler to see your own scores in these six areas you may do so here.

Typical Credentials
Details are included in Appendix F for any credentials typically required for each occupation in the job family. These are gathered from local employers.

Typical Job Titles
Details are included in Appendix C for sample job titles used by local employers or included in the O*NET for each occupation within the job family. For example, the Commercial and Industrial Designer occupation might have job titles of design engineer, mechanical designer, etc.

How to Use the Reports

Report Library

The reports collected on this page represent the most in-demand occupations in West Michigan.

Please note that, although the occupations are grouped into statistically valid families, each report covers competencies for the specific occupations listed under each report title.

Please also note that this report library is currently a work in progress. As we continue our exciting work in 2021, this library will be expanded upon and older reports will be updated to the current format. If you would like more information or assistance finding an appropriate report, please email Tmier@westmiworks.org

JOFI Draft JobSync Reports

The following set of reports align with standard jobs families that cover all civilian jobs in the U.S. economy. To find the correct report for a specific job title, first match the job title in question to an O*NET code on the O*NET website. You can then match that O*NET code to the appropriate JOFI job family below by using this lookup table: