Ohio University Office of Career Services


Career Resource Spotlight: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition by Alyse K

Every two years the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes the Occupational Outlook Handbook. I recently stumble upon this gem while doing some career research. I was immediately amazed at the amount of information I had at the right in front of me. The OOH is a career reference providing information on hundreds of jobs. The handbook can tell you:

  • Job duties and working conditions
  • Education and training requirements
  • Earnings levels
  • Current employment levels, projected employment change and employment prospects

The Handbook also gives you job search tips and links to information about the job market in each state.
The OOH has something for everyone. If you love cooking and you’re interested in becoming a chef or head cook, you can find information about the earnings of a chef. If you’re into drama and theater makeup, you can learn what employment changes are expected to be for makeup artists. Those of you who are interested in the weather can research atmospheric scientists and see what education and training is required.

Check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook and see what interesting things you can find out about your career!

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