Department of Labor (www.bls.gov/ooh) . This site is an expansion of the Occupational
Outlook Handbook that has been published by the U.S. Department of Labor since 1949. The handbook was first designed to help returning World War II veterans find employment. Today the handbook has been updated and expanded and includes information about pay, education, training, and the outlook for nearly every type of career in the United States. To explore a specific career, navigate to the handbook website. On the left side of the screen, you will see a list of occupation groups. If, for example, you want to learn more about a career in fas
hion design, select the “Arts and Design” occupation group from the
menu. That will open a web page with a number of different careers within that category. The page will highlight fashion design and give a brief summary of the career, including median pay.
Clicking on the link for the selected career (“Fashion Design”) will take you to a page with
details about that specific career. Across the top of the career page there are a number of tabs:
• Summary: This page includes detailed information about the
career. It also has a bit of information about each of the other tabs (and links to those tabs).
• What They Do: This page will include specific details about the job. It will usually list
different options that are available within the career field.
k Environment: This page will tell you what it is like to work in the career field and who employs people in this field.
• How to Become One: Here you can read details about the education and training that are
typically required to get started in this career.
• Pay: This page will give you a general idea of how much money you can expect to earn if
you decide that this career is right for you.
• Job Outlook: Here you can read about how the specific career is expected to expand or
contract over the next decade, giving you an idea about whether or not there will be a lot of jobs in this field after you graduate.
• Similar Occupations: In case you think the career you selected is not quite the right fit,
this page will list a number of other occupations that are similar to the selected career, giving you additional options to explore.
• Contacts for More Info: This page can list organizations that are related to the career you
have selected. Often you can contact these organizations to learn even more about the career and possibly speak to people employed in the career. When researching a career, take your time and learn as much as you can about a career before making a selection. Make use of the online resources as a starting point, but be sure to talk to people, if you can, to learn even more about your selected career. Finding the
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