Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Occupational Outlook Handbook 2013-2014

Do you know the median salary of a fashion designer? (It was about $64,000 per year in 2010.)  How about the education necessary to become an athletic trainer? (A Bachelor’s degree.)  The Occupational Outlook Handbook has the answers to these and many more career-related questions.  This giant tome handily groups careers into broad categories such as art and design, healthcare, and legal occupations.  Within each section, the pages for individual occupations include quick facts (ie, median pay and necessary education) as well as more detailed writeups about the common duties of the position, workplace environment, and job outlook.  For students unable to access the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ site, it is a very useful tool.  Most readers, adult and teen, are likely to find the breadth of occupations eye- and mind-opening.   Strongly recommended for teens seeking career information and all instructors addressing career exploration. --Regan Schwartz

US Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook 2013-2014. New York: Skyhorse Publishing, 2012. Print.

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