The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes an Occupational Outlook Handbook every other year. The handbook is intended to serve as “a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives.”
“For hundreds of different types of jobs . . . the Occupational Outlook Handbook tells you: the training and education needed; earnings; expected job prospects; what workers do on the job; [and] working conditions.
“In addition, the Handbook gives you job search tips, links to information about the job market in each state and more.” It is an invaluable resource for those who are seeking to change occupations, looking for new opportunities, reviewing the prospects for employment in their chosen field, or seeking employment.
The Handbook is available in a print edition, and also online.
Seeking employment? Check out Finding and Applying for Jobs and Evaluating Offers.
Looking for information on the job outlook in each state? Try the comprehensive listing of State Sources.
For broader analytical projections for the economy and job market, see the Handbook section Overview of the 2008-2018 Projections. There you’ll find that:
— “The U.S. civilian noninstitutional population, including individuals aged 16 and older, is expected to increase by 25.1 million from 2008 to 2018. The projected 2008-18 growth rate of 10.7 percent is less than the 11.2-percent growth rate for the 1988-98 period and the 13.9-percent rate for the 1998-2008 period.”
— “The U.S. workforce is expected to become more diverse by 2018. Among racial groups, Whites are expected to make up a decreasing share of the labor force, while Blacks, Asians, and all other groups will increase their share. Among ethnic groups, persons of Hispanic origin are projected to increase their share of the labor force from 14.3 percent to 17.6 percent, reflecting 33.1 percent growth.”
–“Total employment is expected to increase by 10 percent from 2008 to 2018. However, the 15.3 million jobs expected to be added by 2018 will not be evenly distributed across major industry and occupational groups. Changes in consumer demand, improvements in technology, and many other factors will contribute to the continually changing employment structure of the U.S. economy.”
See the Overview or the Handbook for much else of interest and utility.