Now when you enter a LOT occupation into a search input, Lightcast will suggest similar occupations for you to add to your search!
Occupations are considered similar to one another using a model that intakes job postings data over the past quarter and analyzes the overlapping skills between occupations. Because the analysis is done at the skill level, similarity is only available at lower the occupation levels: Occupations (LOT) and Specialized Occupations (LOT). The similar occupation results are based on the first occupation in your search input, not the subsequent occupations.
Not only can this help you choose the right occupation, it also can help you find a more wholistic picture of the labor market. A person’s set of skills can usually be applied in more than one occupation. And so, including occupations with similar skill sets in your search can help you gain more insight on the potential supply or hidden demand.