In an uncertain economy, reliable information about
tomorrow's labor market can be a valuable tool in
career planning. Understanding the future workforce
helps you prepare for your place in it.
When choosing among careers—or assisting others
who are making such choices—it helps to know a few
basics: the types and number of jobs likely to be available,
the wages of workers in those occupations, and the typical
ways of preparing for them. And that's just to get started.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides
this information and more. The 2012–13 Occupational
Outlook Handbook describes hundreds of occupations in
detail, cataloging data on employment, wages, projections,
education, and job duties. And the January 2012 issue
of the Monthly Labor Review includes comprehensive
descriptions of the data, analysis, and methods BLS uses
in the projections.
This special issue of the Occupational Outlook
Quarterly offers a graphic summary of the latest projections,
those covering the decade from 2010 to 2020.
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