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Fall 2007 Vol. 51, Number 3

Getting started



In almost anything you do, you’re more likely to succeed if you have a plan. Deciding on a career is no exception.

If you’re making a decision about education, training, or a career—or if you are helping someone else who is making such decisions—you need to know what is going on in the labor market. How many jobs are likely to be available in the career you want? How much will those jobs pay? What kind of training will you need?

Projections and related information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provide the answers to these questions. In a changing economy, these projections help you to glimpse the future—and to plan for it.

This special issue of the Occupational Outlook Quarterly provides a graphic summary of the latest projections, those covering the decade from 2006 to 2016. We also invite readers to examine our detailed profiles of occupations in the 2008-09 Occupational Outlook Handbook and of industries in the 2008-09 Career Guide to Industries. The November 2007 issue of the Monthly Labor Review includes more detailed descriptions of the data, analysis, and methodology that BLS uses in the projections. (For details about these and related publications, see “Other BLS publications describing the 2006–16 projections,” elsewhere in this issue.)

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