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Career Highlight: Define Your Own With the Occupational Outlook Handbook!

The U. S. Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released the 2012-13 edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) – also available in Spanish. Published every other year, the OOH offers some great occupational information, including some quick lists of those occupations in the U. S. labor market projected to be fastest growing, those projected to have the most job openings, and those that pay the highest average wages. You can also create lists of your own by using search and sort features. For example, the table lists selected occupations that:

  • Require an education level of “Postsecondary non-degree award” (i.e., certificate or other credential awarded upon completion of a college program) and,
  • Have 50,000 or more openingsprojected annually (across the U. S.) and,
    • Are growing faster than average (projected percent change in the number of jobs added 2010-2020 in these occupations is 20% or more).

Occupation

Average Annual Wages (National)

 

Occupation

Average Annual Wages (National)

Dental Assistants $25,00-$34,999   Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics $25,000-$34,999
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers $35,000-$54,999   Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses $35,000-$54,999

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