Occupational Outlook Handbook
This searchable guide includes basic information on how occupations are expected to grow or decline in the next five to ten years.
Occupational Data from US Bureau of Labor Statistics
This specific page of tables, analyses, articles, and more will give users their most accessible and understandable view of occupational employment projections from 2008 to 2018 as well as the ability to review current and projected earnings for the same period. At the very top of the page is a short selection of the most popular data charts showing the fastest growing occupations along with those that will experience the largest employment growth and other report options. Scroll down the page to view projected earnings data at a national, state, or metropolitan level and then use their guided search tool to compare Employment, Training, and Earnings data for a variety of occupations based on either the education and training level necessary or the Occupation selected. BLS has an overwhelming amount of data, which can be confusing to most users who attempt to view it on their own. This particular selection of tables and tools can provide a significant snapshot of possible growth areas in a relatively easy-to-understand form and formula.
US Census Bureau
Labor Market Information is the statistics on employment, wages, industries, and other factors affecting the world of work. These links take you to LMI information for the individual states so you can see how the industry or occupation you are exploring is doing in Florida, Maryland, or California. While BLS and the other Federal agencies gives us data based on national averages, this gives you more specific state information.
Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | District of Columbia | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland| Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon| Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming
Chamber of Commerce
Provides local information by city.
America’s Career Info Net, part of CareerOneStop.org
…part of the America’s Job Bank network, this is a tremendous source of information on hundreds of occupations and can help you identify transferable skills used by many occupations, what industries employ persons in these occupations, and what compensation you can expect. Head right to the Wages and Trends section for the fastest access to the occupational information. These reports will link you to all the relevant information for these occupations, including tasks, skills, industry trends, and job listings through America’s Job Bank. The Career Resource Library is searchable by keyword from the home page, and the Frequently Asked Questions are now searchable.
Career One Stop
…also from the BLS, “The Career Guide to Industries provides information on available careers by industry, including the nature of the industry, working conditions, employment, occupations in the industry, training and advancement, earnings and benefits, employment outlook, and lists of organizations that can provide additional information.” Nice way to find out who’s needed by various industries.
Occupational outlook Quarterly
….published quarterly by the BLS, this magazine features articles with practical information on jobs and careers. Topics cover a wide variety of career and work-related topics such as new and emerging occupations, training opportunities, salary trends, and results of new studies from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
O*NET OnLine database of occupational information, which includes information on skills, abilities, work activities, and interests associated with over 950 occupations. This user-friendly resource allows visitors to browse occupations by career cluster, industry, job family, and job zone.
Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT), 4th edition, 1991
The DOT was created by the Employment and Training Administration to establish a uniform occupational language for use by the local offices of the U.S. Employment Service. Please note that it is being replaced by the O*NET, but many agencies still reference its occupational codes.
Social Security Administration
Social Security Administration, include information about applying for retirement benefits, disability benefits, medicare or other benefits.