The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County has updated these insightful online assessment tools that can help match your skills and personality to the jobs that are most in demand.

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As helpful as it can be to hone your skills, market yourself and impress hiring managers with good interviews, sometimes it just helps to be shown where the jobs are instead of how to land them. After all, if you’re looking in the wrong place, your odds of getting hired approach zero.

The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County (WDC) recently released some updated versions of its helpful career assessment tools. All are found on the WDC website and can be accessed for free to help job seekers discover what they need to succeed in their chosen professions.

One of the more helpful offerings is the so-called Talent Pipeline Studies, which, based on 2013 data, provide a breakdown showing what jobs within a particular sector are available now or will likely be available in the near future. The studies can also help job seekers identify potential areas of highest demand for jobs — valuable information for those going back to school and trying to pick a career path.

The just-released Pipeline Studies focus on three main disciplines:

  • Professional, scientific and technical services. This sector representing 111,300 employees in King County. Here are a few facts you can find in the study:
    • Total employment in professional, scientific, and technical services occupations is slated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.4 percent.
    • Growth among the core professional, scientific and technical services occupations through 2023 is expected to total 4,525 jobs per year.
  • Manufacturing. Though not discussed as often as engineering, it’s a significant employer in the region, representing more than 105,000 employees.
    • Total employment in manufacturing occupations is slated to grow at a CAGR of 0.9 percent.
    • Growth among the core manufacturing occupations through 2023 is expected to total 1,815 jobs per year throughout all industries.
    • Across all core occupations, the industry is expected to experience a shortfall of 834 positions per year, based on local supply.
  • Transportation and Logistics. This sector employs 49,390 workers in King County.
    • Total employment within the sector is projected to grow at a CAGR of 0.9 percent.
    • Growth within sector between 2018 and 2023 is forecast to total 3,345 jobs annually.
    • Occupational shortfalls are expected to be greatest among occupations that require on-the-job training.

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Other helpful tools offered by the WDC include a redesigned, interactive Map Your Career portal, which includes graphics showing labor market information for various career pathways. And to help find out whether you have the right personality to fit a given career, there is also the link to Woofound, which provides an easy personality quiz and can help match job seekers to various careers.

Randy Woods is a writer and editor in the Puget Sound business publishing arena and a veteran of the local job-search scene. Email him at