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Occupational Outlook Handbook


Occupational Outlook Handbook, published
by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, contains career information for hundreds
of occupations. You can go directly to the website at bls.gov/ooh. At the
top right you’ll see two search boxes. If you wish to search the Occupational
Outlook Handbook by keyword, be sure to use the search box in the blue banner
and not the red. The search box in the red banner will search all of the Bureau
of Labor Statistics, not just the OOH. So for example we can search for
microbiologists, press enter, and view our results. The first result looks the most
relevant and clicking that link brings us to the relevant page. Notice that
we’re currently on the summary page but as we click different tabs we can read
more about what microbiologists do, their work environment, the education needed to
become one, expected salary, and more. Scroll to the bottom of any page for a
suggested citation. Be sure to use the proper citation format before submitting
your references to your professor. We can click the Occupational Outlook Handbook
title in the blue banner at the top of the page to go back to the OOH home page.
If you want to browse occupations you can click a section within the
Occupation Groups” menu at the left. For example, we can click “Life, Physical, and Social Science” in the Occupation Groups and this time we’ll choose the
Biological Technicians link. Again, you can review the summary information or
click the gray tabs at the top of the page for more information. Once again,
we can click the Occupational Outlook Handbook title in the blue banner to go
back to the OOH homepage. And for our final search, we’ll choose “Options” from
the “Select Occupations By” Category. We can choose a specific median pay,
education leve,l and more and then click Go.” The results are arranged alphabetically, with the first 25 entries on this page.
To view more, either show more than 25 entries per page or click the arrow at
the top right. Browse the list to choose an occupation that appeals to you and
once again you can review the summary information or click the gray tabs at
the top of the page for more information. If you have questions, contact Kimbel Library at coastal.edu/library/ask.

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