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    1. 1. OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK Ready Reference Instructional Guide to the Nation’s Growing Occupations
    2. 2. WHAT IS THE OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK?       The United States’ premier source for career information. A clear, well-organized synopsis of major occupations in the United States. Answers many of the “what” questions that many individuals have regarding career choices. A great resource for career changers and displaced workers over 50 years old. The handbook is available in Spanish. Information can be accessed freely online at http://www.bls.gov/ooh./home.htm
    3. 3. WHAT QUESTIONS DOES THE HANDBOOK ANSWERED?      What is the median pay for a particular occupation. For example, the 2010 median pay for an Actuary is listed at $75,000 or more What skills and qualifications are needed for a particular occupation. For the above example, an Actuary must have a strong background in mathematics, statistics and business. What are the occupations adding the most new jobs. These occupations include Personal Care Aides, Post Secondary Teachers and Cashiers. What are the fastest growing occupations. (An ideal category for career changers and displaced workers over 50 years old) Some of these occupations include Personal Care Aides (70%), Interpreters and Translators (42%) and Convention and Event Planners (44%). What are the highest paying occupations. Some of these include Financial Managers ($103,910), Lawyers ($112,800) and Podiatrists ($118,030)
    4. 4. HOW IS THE INFORMATION ARRANGED?     The Occupational Outlook Handbook is broken up into clusters of occupations. In order to find an occupation, the user can browse the occupational group of interest or they can use the index if they know there specific occupation. Users may also search for occupations by pay range, education level, training, projected number of new jobs or projected job growth. The Occupational Outlook Handbook provides information on what workers do; working conditions, education, training, pay and job outlook. In addition to browsing the Occupational Groups to obtain information, users may also search the A-Z Index as well as the Occupational finder.
    5. 5. WHAT ARE THE MAJOR CATEGORIES   The Occupational Finder field has over 538 entries and is arranged by occupation; entrylevel education; on-the-job training; projected number of new jobs; projected number of new jobs; projected growth rate; and 2010 median pay. A drop-down box is provided to help the user narrow their search. For example, if the user only wants occupations that requires a doctor’s or professional degree, they have the ability to make that selection. Also, the user has the ability to sort the information alphabetically.
    6. 6. MAJOR CATEGORIES, A-Z INDEX   A-Z Index Database has all the occupations listed in alphabetically order and it also provides a list of occupations with numerical classifications. This numerical category is listed as 0-9 and includes 3D animators, 7th grade social studies teachers, 911 operators and 911 dispatchers. Once a selection is made, detailed information such as pay, job out look, similar occupations, what the job entails and the work environment is provided.
    7. 7. MAJOR CATEGORIES, OOH GLOSSARY  The Occupational Outlook Glossary provides comprehensive and detailed definitions of key words used throughout the handbook. For example, it explains Domestic sourcing; defines the babyboom generation and provides detailed information about an apprenticeship.  The glossary is listed in alphabetical order and has hundreds of definitions.
    8. 8. MAJOR CATGORIS, OOH FAQ  The Occupational Outlook Handbook Frequently Asked Questions section provides answer to questions such as “What occupation would be best for me”. The difference between “ the fastest growing occupations” and “the occupations adding the most new job”.
    9. 9. MAJOR CATGORIES, OOH SITE MAP  The Site Map lists all of the contents in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.  The occupations are grouped by industries.  There are over 20 industries listed.
    10. 10. HOW TO REACH ME FOR MORE INFORMATION  I can be reached via email and my contact information is listed below: Charlotte Foxworth foxwchar@dom.edu
    11. 11. Bibliographical Resource  Information provided courtesy of:  Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition via the internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh (accessed October 22, 2013)