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Vol. 58, Number 1
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Careers with options: Occupations with jobs in many industries


Looking for a career with options? Consider an occupation with jobs in many industries.

Workers in some occupations spend most of their careers in just one industry. Teachers, for example, often work only in schools.

But in other occupations, workers have more flexibility to change industries. This career mobility is common for workers whose skills are needed in many settings. For example, network and computer systems administrators have technical skills that are sought after in more than 200 industries.

This article uses data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to show selected occupations with considerable career mobility. It describes widely distributed occupations in four groups: business and financial operations, computer and mathematics, management, and office and administrative support. Each section includes details about the occupations and their industries of employment. Sources for more information are at the end.


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Last Updated: March 28, 2014