III. Career Exploration
& Employment Trends
Industry Research: Industry Profiles & Forecasts, Other Industry Resources
U.S. Labor Markets
[Career Planning Part I: General Advice]
[Career Planning Part II: Self-Assessment]
Job Profiles & Employment Trends
2000-01 Occupational Outlook
Revised every two years, the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working
conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a
wide range of occupations. A staple for job hunters from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Provide statewide information about job duties, working conditions, employment outlook,
wages, benefits, entrance requirements, and training on approximately 300 occupations.
Though the guides are California-specific, much of their information is relevant
Employment, Training and Earnings
Compare occupations in terms of employment size, projected employment growth, earnings,
education and training requirements, opportunities for self-employment and part-time work,
and unemployment rates.
occupations with the largest job growth, 1998-2008
fastest-growing occupations, 1998-2008
Outlook of the U.S. Job Market
Lists the occupations which are: fastest growing; have the most openings; are the highest
paying; have the largest employment; have declining employment.
Princeton Review: Career Search
Comprehensive profiles for most professions, including information -- such as
"Quality of Life" -- not found in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Registration is required, but it's quick and free.
College Board: Career Browser
Select a career to learn what to expect from a job and what to do in school so that you
can work toward the job you want. You'll find out about training and qualifications, what
earnings to expect, and what the future holds for each occupation.
tracks for the 21st century
For bold job seekers, U.S. News & World Report lists 20 hot careers that could really
& Timbers Hot and Not-So-Hot Executive Jobs Report
What may be surprising is that virtually every hot job on Christian & Timbers
list of the hottest executive jobs in 2000 is related not just to technology, but
specifically to e-commerce.
Career videos for almost 200 occupations; must have RealPlayer installed to view.
Experienced workers share: rewards of their job; stressful parts of the job; basic skills
the job demands; challenges of the future; and, advice on entering the field. Over 200
profiles are available.
Advice and tips for more than 40 different occupations.
on which career path to follow?
See how the ''Jobs Rated Almanac'' ranks 250 of the best -- and worst -- jobs in the
State of the Job
Market Around the World
Up-to-date tidbits on employment trends in the U.S. and beyond.
List of links to information on dozens of career fields.
pay without a B.A.
Hot jobs abound for those without a four-year degree.
Get detailed information on hundreds of jobs. Includes "Nature of the Work,"
"Working Conditions" and "Job Outlook."
Dig deeper into 18 general career fields with this resource.
baby boomers will mean a surge in health care jobs
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Salary & Hiring Info
Simply put, a terrific resource.
Abbott, Langer &
Associates: Salary and Benefits Survey Reports
Free summary data on salaries and bonuses for several professions.
Review: Annual Salary Survey
Average earnings for professionals in more than 20 industries and throughout the U.S.
Requires Adobe Acrobat
Reader to view.
Wageweb: Salary Survey
Over 170 benchmark positions with compensation data.
Salary.com: Look Up Salaries
Huge collection of links to online compensation information for dozens of industries and
Over 300 links to online salary surveys, both general and occupation specific.
Monster.com: Salary Center
Extensive salary research and advice.
2000 Internet Industry Compensation and Benefits Survey
Executive summary of "the most comprehensive survey of the Internet industry of its
type ever undertaken." Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to
Real-Time Wage Data
Find out how your salary stacks up against your industry peers or explore how factors
including education, gender, age and geography impact your salary. Free registration
Bureau of Labor
Statistics: National Compensation Survey
Several salary and wage surveys, including 1999
& 2000 Occupational
Employment and Wage Estimates broken down by state and major metropolitan areas. The
2000 Wage Query System has
fantastic data but can be an extremely slow download. Adobe Acrobat Reader is
required to view some pages. Be sure to consult the BLS' Occupational Outlook Handbook for
occupation-specific compensation data as well.
InfoNet: Wages and Trends - Occupation Search
Find detailed compensation info by occupation and state. Salary data is from 1998 but may
be useful for comparative purposes.
Institute: College Student Consumables Cost of
Not just for students! Complete cost of living analyses (consumables, housing, taxes,
services, and transportation) for any earnings level between any two cities. Find out how
far your salary will go in over 6,700 U.S., Canadian and international locations.
International Salary Calculator
Compare the cost of living in hundreds of U.S. and international cities.
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Industry Profiles & Forecasts
Basic information on all standardized industry types. Groupings are by Division, Major
Group, Industry Group and Industry, each relating to a more detailed level of description.
Labor Statistics: National Industry-Occupation Employment
Identify those industries in which job prospects for employment in that occupation may be
best. This site presents 1998 and projected 2008 employment data showing the distribution
of total employment for over 500 detailed occupations within more than 240 industries.
U.S. Department of Labor:
Career Guide to Industries, 2000-2001
Provides information on available careers by industry, including the nature of the
industry, working conditions, employment, occupations in the industry, training and
advancement, earnings and benefits, employment outlook, and lists of
organizations that can provide additional information. This edition of the Career
Guide discusses over 42 industries.
Business Reporter: Industry Reports
Detailed reports on 50 industries, including current trends and issues. Market
share reports for many industries are also available.
Get the big picture on your career picks with industry overviews, personal perspectives,
and no-holds barred exchange.
Reams of detailed info on many industries, including overviews, outlooks, additional
research resources and much more.
Incredible amount of info on 26 key industries including history, basics, events &
conferences, timelines and trivia, plus related links.
Financial Times: Industry Surveys
Find out the top business issues facing major global industries today.
If you want to break into a new industry, nothing is more valuable than experience.
Insider reports on how to get into over 20 of the most competitive fields.
Profiles for dozens of industries. Unfortunately, many of the listed industries do not yet
Online: Industry Group Snapshots
Hoover's has researched and written over 45 in-depth overviews of various industry groups.
Each snapshot may cover one or more industries or sectors.
U.S. Census Bureau:
Current Industrial Reports
Dozens of manufacturing industry reports. Adobe Acrobat Reader
required to view.
industries with the fastest wage and salary employment
Industry Outlook 2000
2000 should be a good year for everyone from retailers and drugmakers to securities firms
and metals producers. Software should have a blowout year. In some hot industries,
forecasted growth rates are simply staggering.
York Times: Outlook 2000
A comprehensive look at the economy ahead, including articles on several specific
Issues and trends that are changing the electronics industry. Adobe Acrobat
Reader required to view.
Technology Forecast 2000
From semiconductors to wireless to knowledge management, Technology
Forecast: 2000 delves deep into specific topics and offers a detailed analysis of
what's happening now and what we think will happen in the near future. Learn about some of
the hot trends covered in the book.
biotech, tomorrow's careers
According to one Wall Street guru, "Biotechnology today is as important as the
development and evolution of chips were 20 years ago." Opportunities for high-paying
and extremely fulfilling careers are limitless in the field of genomics for as far into
the future as analysts can foresee -- and then some.
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Other Industry Resources
To understand a company and its competition, you need to understand the industry of which
it is a part, even if you are looking for information about a niche industry.
Research Desk: Industry Portals/Home Pages
Portals and home pages for more than 50 industries. Also see the detailed guide, How to learn about an
industry or a particular company.
Valuable leads on associations, directories, magazines and online services for 36 key
Gateway to Associations Online
Directory lists thousands of industry-related associations.
Database of over 10,000 business organizations.
Lists several resource sites for each of 20 industries.
Fuld & Co.: Internet
Includes industry-specific Internet resources for 24 industries.
Daily news from 21 industries.
Specialized searching of Web pages, market research and economic analysis covering 41
Daily news from 38 different industries.
Yahoo!: Industry News
Industry-specific, 7-day collection of news stories from several wire services.
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U.S. Labor Markets
Labor Market Information Pages
Links to labor market info for all 50 states.
Learn the highest-paying and fastest-growing occupations for any state, and more. Most
data is from 1996 and 1997 but this is still an outstanding resource.
BLS Regional Information
Hundreds of detailed reports on regional wage and employment trends.
In-depth, local job market information. Review local salaries, jobs in highest demand,
largest employers and more for 20 locations in eight states.
Projections of occupational employment growth for all states and the nation as a whole.
Allows for projected employment growth for an occupation to be compared within a state and
Find out which parts of the country employ the most workers who share your occupational
This Web-only publication is devoted to useful demographic news from around the country.
Free registration required.
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An excellent step-by-step guide to the process.
The key to informational interviewing is to draw as much information from your resource as
possible. To do this, you will have to tailor your questions to each individual you
interview. There are some basic questions, however, that can be used as a model.
Four rules for finding out the information you need when researching a prospective
A concise summary of the process.
Reasons to conduct informational interviews, steps to take and sample questions
The informational interview
Some helpful informational interview techniques.
to write letters for informational interviews
The objective of an approach letter to a senior manager or head of a functional area is
simple: To get yourself a meeting with the person to whom the letter is addressed or with
a hiring manager in the person's organization who would be
even more appropriate for you to see.
good career advice from headhunters
Conduct an informational interview with an executive recruiter to gain invaluable
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