Get your Hands on the Occupational Outlook Handbook

Wednesday, 21 September 2011 09:21 by gmiller

Two weeks ago I mentioned that the Occupational Outlook Handbook is a feature within our What Can I Do with a Major in… resource.  Given that some students may not be aware of what this means, I thought this week I would go into further detail!

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is an extensive resource compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  This nationally recognized source of career information is updated every two years on hundreds of different jobs or fields.  Currently you can browse through the 2010-2011 edition; the 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook is scheduled to be released in late March 2012.

What can you find in this resource?

  • Learn about the training and education needed for a specific job
  • Find out about salary or earning potential
  • What the expected job prospects are in that field
  • What you would be doing on the job
  • What the working conditions may be

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is an excellent starting point for students wishing to learn about careers and understand more about specific jobs out there.  You can never have too much information!  Check out this resource for some of the most up to date career news available.  You can either access the Handbook directly by following this link:
http://www.bls.gov/oco/, or utilize the What Can I Do with a Major In….resource to focus your efforts on specific industries that may relate with your major and career interests.