Technical information: (202) 691-5700 USDL 07-1922 http://www.bls.gov/oco/ http://www.bls.gov/oco/cg/ For release: 10:00 A.M. EST Media contact: 691-5902 Tuesday, December 18, 2007 2008--09 EDITIONS OF THE OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK AND THE CAREER GUIDE TO INDUSTRIES AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET The 2008--09 editions of the Occupational Outlook Handbook and the Career Guide to Industries were issued today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor on the Bureauís Internet site. The Handbook and the Career Guide can be accessed on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco and http://www.bls.gov/oco/cg, respectively. Print versions of both publications are expected to be available by Spring 2008. //ZUNI3PO Test 10302020// The Occupational Outlook Handbook has been a nationally recognized source of career information since the late 1940s. The Career Guide to Industries was developed as a companion publication to the Handbook in the early 1990s. These publications provide comprehensive, up-to-date, and reliable labor market infor- mation that has helped millions of Americans plan their future work lives. The Handbook and the Career Guide discuss prospective changes in the job market and the qualifications sought by employers, information that is widely used by coun- selors, students, job seekers, education and training officials, and researchers. These publications reflect the Bureau's latest employment projections, which cover the 2006--16 decade. Detailed information on the 2006--16 projec- tions appears in five articles in the November 2007 issue of the Monthly Labor Review, accessible at http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/welcome.htm. A graphic pre- sentation of projections highlights appears in the Fall 2007 Occupational Outlook Quarterly, accessible at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ooq. The Occupational Outlook Handbook The Occupational Outlook Handbook provides detailed information about hundreds of occupations, covering 9 out of 10 jobs in the economy. For each occupation, the Handbook highlights key occupational characteristics, followed by sections about the nature of the work and work environment, requirements for entry and opportunities for advancement, employment of salaried and self-em- ployed workers, earnings, related occupations, and sources of additional infor- mation. Additionally, a section on "Job Outlook" describes each occupation's projected employment change over the next decade, as well as the various factors expected to affect this projection. Examples of such factors are the aging of baby boomers, technological innovations, changes in business practices, changes in the goods and services demanded by businesses and consumers, and changing foreign competition. Employment over the 2006--16 decade is expected to increase by 15.6 million, or 10 percent. Table 1 lists the changes in employment over the 2006--16 decade for the 30 fastest growing occupations. For 19 of these occupations, the most significant source of postsecondary education or training is an associate or higher degree. Computer-related and health-related occupations, in addition, account for 16 of the 30 fastest growing occupations. Table 2 lists the changes in employment over the 2006--16 decade for the 30 occupations with the largest projected job growth. Short-term on-the-job training is the most significant source of postsecondary education or training for 14 of these occupations. - 2 - The Career Guide to Industries The Occupational Outlook Handbook's companion publication, the Career Guide to Industries, analyzes employment change from an industry perspective, providing information on 44 industries that cover 3 out of 4 wage and salary jobs in the economy. For each industry, the Career Guide describes the nature of the indus- try, typical working conditions, and key occupations employed in the industry. The Career Guide also discusses industry training practices and worker earnings. The "Outlook" section compares the industry's projected percentage change in wage and salary employment with the percentage change in wage and salary jobs for all industries combined. Table 3 indicates the changes in wage and salary employment over the 2006--16 decade for each of the industries included in the Career Guide. Employment growth is projected to be concentrated in the service-providing sector. Two industry groups within the service-providing sector--education and health care--are expected to account for half of all wage and salary employment growth in the economy. In the goods-producing sector, employment is expected to grow in construction and decline in natural resources and manufacturing. Enhancements to the 2008--09 Editions The new editions of the Occupational Outlook Handbook and Career Guide to Industries incorporate several organizational changes. In addition to the major headings used in previous editions, the new editions contain subheadings, which make it easier to find relevant information within each section. For example, the "Job Outlook" section of each statement now contains separate subheadings for employment change and job prospects. An overview and discussion of this and the many other enhancements can be found in the "Occupational Information Included in the Handbook" and the "Information in the Career Guide to Industries" sections of each respective publication. Ordering Information The print versions of the 2008--09 editions of the Occupational Outlook Handbook and the Career Guide to Industries are sold by the U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402, and are expected to be available by Spring 2008. Ordering and price information will appear online at http:// www.bls.gov/emp/emppub01.htm. Occupational Projections and Training Data will be available online May 2008 at http://www.bls.gov/emp/optd/home.htm. To order the Monthly Labor Review, visit http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/ subscrib.htm. Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202)691-5200; TDD message referral phone: 1-800-877-8339.