Labor market data is crucial to public’s ability to make informed education and career choices. Data on its own, however, can be difficult to understand and limited in scope to state or national levels. With a lack of existing tools and platforms for finding this information and displaying it in a meaningful way, the Career Calculator allows users to search by occupation, income, and field of study using localized datasets.
The Career Calculator is designed for a wide range of users: high school graduates, college students, educators, career counselors, workforce development professionals, and adults considering career changes. By providing user-friendly, easy-to-understand visualizations for occupation, income, and educational data, the Career Calculator works to help connect job-seekers to the right career and educational opportunities. This, in turn, helps connect employers to the right candidates, informs educators on skills gaps, and creates a better community through workforce development – where good jobs leading to family-sustaining wages, which then support the next generation of learners and job-seekers.
Custom RESTful web service APIs allow for a lightweight, highly scalable, and easily maintained web application. Each component of the application was built using decoupled, auto-scaling services, reducing the cost of ownership by eliminating the need for server management while providing a faster, more responsive, and richer user experience without having to monitor or provision a fixed number of servers.