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Occupational Outlook Handbook Tutorial


Hello and welcome to another tutorial video from the Career Development Center. Today we are going to be talking about the occupational outlook handbook. which is developed by the US department of labor. In the next few minutes I just wanted to with you about how you can utilize this. So this is primarily helpful when you are thinking about exploring different career paths. learning what requirements are needed to get into a particular field what the average pay is among many other things. The first thing your going to need to do is search either for the job you are looking for or you can look in different occupational groups one thing I’ll do here is I’m going to type in…let’s say you’re interested in software engineering or something like that So I am going to put software as the title and we get software developer and it also comes up with other related jobs and careers. that are related to that so I am going to click on software developer and what it will basically do is give you a quick summary of median pay, typical entry level education work experience, required on the job training, the number of jobs, the outlook and employment change. So one thing to keep in mind is when you are looking at the median pay here is that its median. So if you remember from math class, median is the physical middle. So certainly you probably would not want to start out thinking you are going to be making that much. But its something certainly within the realm of your career path, you could be eventually making that much. But keep in mind you probably won’t be making the median starting out. Another thing that this is helpful for is you can click on “what software developers do” and it will give you a little more information on the duties that they have. So you may have a sense of what someone does in a particular job, but you may not know for sure so this will give you a clearer understanding you can learn about where they typically work…so these are the different types of offices they would typically work in “How to become one” so it will have the typical education you would need. “Pay”so it compares, within, these are within different computer occupations, and this is the total of all occupations. you can also look at the “Job Outlook” which shows how fast the job market for that particular job is growing or declining. Certainly if something is in decline or not growing as fast as average you may want to have that be a consideration. as to maybe thinking about alternatives if that first job you are working on doesn’t work out. Another thing that is very helpful is “similar occupations” When you are in this exploration mode, I Iike to look at “similar occupations here” because it shows you things that are related that maybe you have never considered before. so this is certainly something to consider as you are looking through and digging for more information. That’s just a quick tutorial of how to use this, but wantd to make sure you did get a basic understanding of how it can be useful especially when you are doing your career exploration or career search.

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