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Information in the Career Guide
What kinds of workers are employed by a particular industry, and what jobs are you qualified for right now? What jobs require special education or training? And, what advancement opportunities do these jobs offer in the long run? The Career Guide to Industries addresses these questions and more for 42 diverse industries which, when combined, accounted for nearly 3 out of 4 wage and salary jobs in 2000.
As a companion to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the Career Guide discusses careers from an industry perspective. Why? Because many career-minded people think in terms of industries rather than occupations. Your personal circumstances or choice of lifestyle may compel you to remain in your area, limiting prospective jobs to those offered by the distinctive mix of industries in your State or community. Or, you may be attracted to a particular industry for other reasonsthe glamour and travel associated with the air transportation industry, the potential for high earnings in the securities and commodities industry, the appeal of using advanced technology in aerospace manufacturing, the opportunity to work with children offered by the educational services industry, or the stability of jobs in the Federal Government, to name a few. By focusing on industries, the Career Guide provides information that the Handbook does not. Furthermore, some occupations are unique to a particular industry, and are not discussed in the Handbook. And, some industries offer specific paths of career advancement that are not addressed in the Handbook.
For each industry, the Career Guide includes a section with information on each of the following topics, although the information presented within each section varies slightly from industry to industry:
Nature of the Industry
Occupations in the Industry
Training and Advancement
Sources of Additional Information
No single publication can completely describe all aspects of an industry. Thus, the Guide lists mailing addresses for associations, government agencies, unions, and other organizations that can provide industry information. In some cases, tollfree phone numbers and Internet addresses also are listed. Links to non-BLS Internet sites are provided for your convenience and do not constitute an endorsement. Free or relatively inexpensive publications offering more information may be mentioned; some of these may also be available in libraries, school career centers, guidance offices, or on the Internet.
Tables in the Career Guide
Unless otherwise indicated, the source of data presented in the tables is the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
|The Bureau of Labor Statistics is an agency within the U.S. Department of Labor.|