Vocational Rehabilitation and Disability
INFORMAL MINI LABOR MARKET SURVEY
AND WHAT THEY PAY
Please check out your local newspaper to research the local labor market on the job titles you have identified as appropriate
I request you look into 2-3 consecutive Sunday newspaper want ads sections and several daily editions at regular intervals.
Obviously the ads will contain only limited information; however, for documentation purposes and for sake of consistency,
please fill in following info as available for each ad you find. You can send this information to me via fax or e-mail.
 Job titles of posted ads
 Geographic spread [you can tell this from the phone area codes; telephone
exchanges; zip codes, town
names, etc.]. If available, employer name, city, & phone:
 Types of employers or industry if you can draw any conclusions
 Required skills, qualifications, experience, any certifications or
 If salary information available from ads, document this information
 Part-time or Full-Time hrs?:
 Any information on duties as related to your medical restrictions
The web site link for newspapers is: Nationwide newspapers - area code
To simplify keeping track of job information, you may wish to use
the LMS_Grid as a worksheet
product you send me ideally will look something like the
I did a labor market survey over 3 Sundays from 12/6 through 12/20 using
Star Ledger, Asbury Park Press, and Jersey Journal.
#1. Job titles of posted ads covered included Customer Service
Representative, Office Clerk, & Receptionist.
#2. Geographic area covered included North and Central, NJ from Hackensack
in north to Red Bank in south and Jersey City in east to Morristown in west.
More than 2/3 of the ads had no company name but the bulk seemed to be in
the 973 areas code.
#3 - The employers included small ads from 49 different employers including
25 customer service reps, 10 clerks, & 14 receptionists. Appx. 10 ads
which is 20% of the ads appeared to be from larger, well known companies
running these larger ads.
#4. Qualifications - 6 of the 49 mentioned requiring computer literacy or
working knowledge of the computer. 9 mentioned skill using MS Word or
Office. 8 required at least 1 year of experience & 7 stated HS grad only.
5 Salary - Only 5 ads actually mentioned salary which ran from $19,000 -
6. There seemed to be little need for part-time workers since only 4 ads
specified PT hrs. usually in eve or weekends.
7. Physical duties - Generally the ads did not mention physical
requirements of job but 3 jobs did mention either much walking necessary,
lifting boxes over 30 lbs, or often had to climb steps.
My conclusion - It seems there are quite a few jobs out there for this type
of work paying up to $25,000 to start within 45 minutes of home. I would be
qualified to do the work after graduation from a course in office
administrative work prepared me for using the computer to do word
Interim - Labor Market Survey results to date