Staffing patterns show the occupational makeup of an industry in percentages. For example, a (simplified) staffing pattern for the industry “Hospitals” might show that 10% of jobs in the hospitals industry are occupied by surgeons, 15% by general practitioners, 20% by nurses, 5% by information technology support staff, 5% by janitors, 1% by chief executives, and so on.
An inverse staffing pattern applies the same theory as regular staffing pattern to regional industries. Inverse staffing patterns identify the industries currently employing a specific occupation, including those which are likely to be hiring due to growth or displacing workers due to contraction. It is a table of percentages that shows an average of how regional occupations are divided up among regional industries. For example, a (simplified) inverse staffing pattern for registered nurses may show that 70% of RNs are employed by hospitals, 10% by local government (i.e., public schools), 10% by nursing homes, and 10% by offices of physicians.
The short video below explains how to use the Staffing Pattern and Inverse Staffing Pattern reports.