Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year, New Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)

By Susan Pines, Shy Job Seeker Blog

The most widely used and reliable source of career information has just been updated. The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), at one time a thick reference book, was converted to a free website a few years back. The OOH information is compiled and provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, part of the U.S. Department of Labor.

The new 2016–17 “edition” of the OOH offers career information on duties, education, training,
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skills, pay, and outlook for 329 occupations covering 576 detailed occupations (about 83 percent of U.S. employment) through 2024.

Each occupational profile in the 2016-17 OOH includes a new State and Area Data tab with links to occupational profiles from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey. Through this tab, you can connect to detailed national, state, and metropolitan or nonmetropolitan employment and wage data for your selected occupation. The new tab also links to state occupational projections.

I’ve written about the OOH in the past and explained how it can help you with career research and decisions. With this new OOH edition, you can access the nation’s most current occupational information in a helpful, easy-to-read format.

If you are considering, researching, or searching for a new career or job, spend some time with the latest OOH online. It may point you in a good direction or help you make an important career decision. If you are a job seeker, the OOH can help you determine the key skills to emphasize in your cover letter, resume, and job interviews; the pay ranges to expect and to reference in salary negotiations; and the job duties and the working environment you will encounter.

Please let me know how the OOH helps you.

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