How many new jobs will there be? How fast is the number of jobs changing? How many job openings will be available? Reliable information about tomorrow's labor market can be a valuable tool in career planning. Understanding the future workforce helps you prepare for your place in it. When choosing among careers, it may help to know about the types and number of jobs likely to be available and the wages of workers in those occupations.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides this information and more. The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) describes hundreds of occupations in detail, cataloging data on employment, wages, projections, education, and job duties.
While most people agree that salary should not be the only factor you weigh when you are considering careers, it is still important. When researching careers, students often want to know which occupations offer the best prospects. Generally, occupations that have rapid job growth, many new jobs, or many job openings—and good wages—promise better opportunities.