2020 Undergraduate Research Showcase

Document Type

Student Presentation

Presentation Date


Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Samia Islam


In Boise there has been a growing demand for high skilled labor that is not being met, leading to rising wages for jobs that require those skills. Our objective is to research which high skill position jobs in the City of Boise are seeing higher than average annual wage growth. This information will give us more insight as to why, despite the rising wages, not enough high skilled labor is being supplied in order to meet the demand for certain jobs. We hope the City of Boise will be able to use our research to attract high skilled workers in local industries where they are lacking. Through the direction of a Boise Job Recruiter we will focus our research on several specific skilled position jobs that are seeing higher wage increases than average. Basic information will be gathered through various websites such as clustermapping.us, bls.gov, and others. More detailed information will be obtained via email, phone calls, and in-person meetings with various companies who are seeing this lack of skilled work being filled. We will be contacting several large companies in the City of Boise that employ skilled workers in order to learn more about their current wages compared to typical wage growth. We are also expecting to learn which skilled jobs in Boise are seeing higher wage increases and the economic reasoning behind these increases compared to typical wage growth.