Planning a career is more than choosing an occupation:
the industry you pick matters, too, as does location. Now,
BLS makes it easier to find the right place and industry
for an occupation and to get important details about its
earnings and employment levels.
The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program
has added occupational profiles to its website to simplify
data presentation. For each of the 800-plus occupations
studied, a profile shows its official definition and
national employment totals and earnings averages. The
profile also shows which States, metropolitan areas, and
industries have the most employment and highest pay for
that occupation. Other links on each profile page take
visitors to employment and earnings data for every State,
area, and industry studied and to data that can be
downloaded to a spreadsheet.
For information, call (202) 691–6569; to see the
profiles visit the website, www.bls.gov/oes/2002/oes_stru.htm,
or find them near the top of the OES homepage, www.bls.gov/oes.
Like every survey, the OES has limitations. For example,
it does not include data on self-employed workers or on
demographics of workers in the occupation. For that
information, call (202) 691–5200; or see the BLS Current
Population Survey online by visiting the website, www.bls.gov/cps.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that the
traveler-accommodation industry will add almost 300,000
new jobs to the economy between 2002 and 2012. That means
lots of vacancies in hotel occupations. Free brochures
from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational
Institute can help you prepare for these varied jobs.
The brochures provide career advice, scholarship
information, and a peek behind the scenes. One brochure
tells the stories of several people who made careers in
the lodging and resort industry; most started with no
formal training and advanced to leadership roles in
marketing and sales, management, security, human
resources, or food preparation and service. A second
brochure describes available scholarships. A third details
the benefits of hotel work.
For free copies of the brochures, call toll free, 1 (800) 344–4381, or write the institute at
2113 North High Street, Lansing, MI 48906.
Do you have an associate degree, a skill or work experience, and an interest in the Peace Corps? Heads up: You’re being recruited.
The Peace Corps and the American Association of Community Colleges have joined forces to attract qualified community-college graduates whose skills are requested by developing countries. These sought-after skills are applied in Peace Corps assignments such as demonstrating sustainable agriculture and helping to set up clean-water systems. About 7,500 volunteers currently serve in 71 countries.
Since its inception in 1961, the Peace Corps has recognized the value of skills and work experience when recruiting volunteers. Experience—either paid or unpaid—can be paired with postsecondary training to qualify some applicants. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and be U.S. citizens.
The Peace Corps service commitment is 2 years, plus a few months of training. Completion of service provides educational, financial, personal, and professional benefits—including preparation for some of the fastest growing occupations in the United States: BLS projects that between 2002 and 2012, many occupations that usually require an associate degree will grow significantly faster than the average for all occupations.
To learn more about the recruitment program for graduates who have an associate degree, contact the Peace Corps regional office nearest you (check the Federal Government pages of the telephone book); call toll free, 1 (800) 424–8580; write Peace Corps Headquarters, 1111 20th Street NW., Washington, DC 20526; or visit online,