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U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Occupational Outlook Handbook






The Occupational Outlook Handbook (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm)can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.


Occupational Outlook Handbook Teacher's Guide

A guide for teachers (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/about/teachers-guide.htm)

The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) is an online publication that has information on hundreds of occupations in the United States. Updated every 2 years by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the OOH is a rich resource for those seeking career guidance. Using the OOH, students can explore different aspects of occupations by clicking on the following tabs:

  • What workers do on the job
  • Work environment
  • Education, training, and other qualifications needed to enter the occupation
  • Pay
  • Projected employment change and job prospects from 2014 to 2024
  • State and area data
  • Similar occupations
  • Contacts for more information

As a teacher, you are in a position to help your students plan their future. Through the OOH, students can access valuable occupational information that can help them make career choices. By familiarizing yourself with the features of the OOH, you will be in a position to quickly and effectively help your students use this valuable tool.


Occupation Finder

The Occupation Finder tool (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/occupation-finder.htm)allows you to search for and sort through careers.

  • Search: Use the drop-down menu in one or more columns to narrow your search.
  • Sort: Use the arrows at the top of each column to sort alphabetically or numerically.


Student Resources

Teachers! Bring BLS into the classroom! 

The BLS student portal (https://www.bls.gov/k12/) provides a number of resources for students to explore labor data in graphic and text forms.






The glossary (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/about/glossary.htm)provides useful definitions of common terms.


Data Tools

The data tools page (https://www.bls.gov/data/) provides a wealth of economic and labor data.






The Office of Publications & Special Studies provides a number of quick links to several publications.

The Economics Daily (https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/) Each business day, The Economics Daily:

  • presents fresh economic information in charts and maps
  • highlights intriguing BLS data that you might otherwise have missed
  • focuses on one or two specific points
  • provides links to further information at the bottom of each story
  • gives you a way to send us your feedback about The Economics Daily


Monthly Labor Review (https://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/): the Monthly Labor Review (MLR) is the principal journal of fact, analysis, and research from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), an agency within the U.S. Department of Labor. Through MLR articles, economists, statisticians, and experts from BLS join with private sector professionals and federal, state, and local government specialists to provide a wealth of research in a wide variety of fields. Subjects include the labor force, the economy, employment, inflation, productivity, occupational injuries and illnesses, wages, prices, and more.


Beyond the Numbers (https://www.bls.gov/opub/btn/): Beyond the Numbers is a BLS publication that strives to bring interesting data stories to you. News releases typically focus on the headline numbers, but this publication delves deeper and gives you a peek at what goes on Beyond the Numbers.


Repots and Bulletins (https://www.bls.gov/opub/reports/about.htm): BLS Reports provide analytical information related to the labor force, consumer spending, earnings, and work injuries and illnesses. Typically, reports contain a few pages of written analysis followed by statistical tables, which allow you to gather detailed information on economic conditions.  Most reports have an annual cycle.


Commissioner's Corner (https://blogs.bls.gov/blog/): The Commissioner’s Corner provides information on the many other areas in which BLS is involved and highlights our testimony before Congressional committees, public speeches by BLS leadership, awards and recognitions, and outstanding new products on the BLS website.




Watch U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics videos (https://www.bls.gov/video/) online.


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