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The 2017-18 Occupational Outlook Handbook

The 2017-18 Occupational Outlook Handbook

By Kevin Brennfleck,and Kay Marie Brennfleck
National Certified Career Counselors


One of the best resources for exploring careers is the Occupational Outlook Handout.  Every two years it is updated with the most recent information about jobs in the US.  While it is not as comprehensive as the O*NET Online, it provides information about jobs that are done by a high percentage of the US population and provides information that goes beyond descriptions in the O*NET Online.  Recently the 2017-18 Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) was released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The OOH is described as "the nation's most widely used sources of career information. It provides details on hundreds of occupations and is used by career counselors, students, parents, teachers, jobseekers, career changers, education and training officials,and researchers. The OOH is available online at

(The article How to Explore Careers That Fit Your Design can help you learn more about exploring jobs that fit your design.)

OOH Profiles

The 2017-18 OOH includes 329 occupational profiles covering 576 detailed occupations, or about 83 percent of total employment in 2016. Each occupational profile describes:

- What workers do

- Where they work

- Typical education and training requirements

- Wages

- Job outlook

- And much more

A detailed description about the information included in OOH profiles is available at


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