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Section VIII. Industry Growth and Employer Engagement


Findings derived from the Industry Analysis data presented in the preceding pages include:

  1. Industries that are projected to grow the most in terms of new job creation in Ohio are Health Care and Social Assistance; Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services; and Accommodation and Food Services. Approximately 18,916 new jobs will be created in these industries each year.

  2. When considering new job creation plus replacement opportunities, the occupations that are projected to have the most annual openings include Combined Food Prep & Service Workers, including Fast Food; Retail Salespersons; Cashiers; Waiters and Waitresses; and Registered Nurses. Together, these occupations are expected to generate 26,953 open positions annually.

  3. It is unlikely that a high rate of success will be achieved by individuals pursuing occupations in industries with high balance ratios, regardless of the total volume of opportunities created. High balance ratios represent occupations for which there are significantly more job seekers than opportunities, creating a highly competitive placement scenario among the individuals served by OOD, let alone the members of the general public who are also seeking employment in those occupations.

Services to Employers. Another element to engagement with employers consists of the services that OOD can offer to employers beyond recruitment. Business Relations Specialists are able to provide training and resources to help employers foster a culture of inclusion in the workplace for individuals with disabilities. Understanding employer needs in this area can help OOD deliver those services in the most effective manner possible. To gain insight into employer needs, OOD obtained the results of a survey conducted among members of Disability: IN Ohio, formerly the Ohio Business Leadership Network. The results of this survey are summarized in the following section of the CSNA.

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