Where is the demand for journalists?

Emerging Occupation News, June 28, 2013

As the journalism profession and industry reconstructs itself,  the demand still seems to be centered in the historic print and broadcast centers of New York and Los Angeles. An analysis shows that roughly one quarter of want ads for ‘news analysts, reporters, and correspondents’ come out of the New York and Los Angeles metro areas The next highest source of journalist demand is Washington DC, with 5.5% of want ads for journalists. The top ten metro areas are shown below.


I note that this analysis is preliminary and based on raw data. If there’s interest I can do another level of validation on the results.

Journalism employment rebounds sharply–but what kind?

Emerging Occupation News, June 24, 2013

Journalism is simultaneously a declining and emerging field. The mainstream print and broadcast media continues to shrink. Newspaper employment, for example, is down about 5% over the past year.

Paradoxically, however, the number of employed journalists is rising. Over the past year, the number of “news analysts, reporters, and correspondets” is up 23%, according to analysis by South Mountain Economics. The number of help-wanted ads for news analysts, reporters, and correspondents is up 15% over the past year.*

But these are not traditional journalism jobs. Roughly half the want-ads for news analysts, reporters and correspondents contain the words ‘digital’, ‘internet’, ‘online’, or ‘mobile’. Roughly a quarter of the want-ads include the phrase ‘social media.’ These jobs require a different set of  skills than traditional journalism positions.

*Calculations of employment are based on the Current Population survey; the 12 months ending May 2013 vs the 12 months ending APril 2012. The want-ad data is based on The Conference Board HWOL database; the last 90 days of ads.    

Information security jobs are up 39%!

Emerging Occupation News, June 21, 2013

With all the talk of hacking and cyber-spying, it should be no surprise that information security is hot, hot, hot.  Over the past year, jobs for information security analysts have risen by an astounding 39%. That’s based on South Mountain Economic’s analysis of government data.*

Even though the need for information security has been around as long as computers, the demands of the job has changed so much in recent years that we put it into the category of emerging occupations.

*Based on data from the Current Population Survey March-May 2013 compared to a year earlier.

Added:  The latest release from the BLS shows that the average annual pay for information security analysts in May 2012 was 89K.