Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 edition
The Occupational Outlook Handook is one of the most useful resources for finding information about careers and occupations. ;A new edition is published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics every two years and the entire publication is free and accessible online at: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm
Here, you can research various occupations to find out what type of training or education is required, the average pay for a job within particular occupations, as well as useful information on growth rate and job availability trends within occupations.
The website is easy to use, with an occupation groups index found along the left-hand margin, as well as drop-down boxes near the center of the website that will sort your search by salary levels, number of projected new jobs, required education levels, and projected employment growth rates. An A-Z search index of occupations provides another easy point of entry into the website.
Each occupation or occupational group provides a full profile in a standardized format that is divided into the following subject tabs: Summary, What They Do, Work Environment, How to Become One, Pay, Job Outlook, Similar Occupations, and Contacts for More Info.
Take some time to explore this helpful resource that will help you on the career path that is right for you.
Related library database: Vocational and Career Collection. Provides full text of publications related to trades, industries, and careers. Find this database under "V" using our database index, here.