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Vol. 57, Number 1
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Using OES occupation profiles in a job search

When looking for work in your area or in a new city, it's helpful to know where the jobs are—and how much they pay. Occupation profiles from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program offer this information and more.

Using occupation profiles, jobseekers can see which industries employ the most workers in a particular field, which geographical areas have high concentrations of those jobs, and how wages differ by industry and geographical area. These OES data are useful as part of an overall evaluation in making career decisions. Keep in mind, however, that many other factors are involved in choosing an occupation.

This article gives an overview of the data in the OES occupation profiles. It describes different jobseeking situations and shows how employment and wage data could be useful in each case. The first section describes how to use the three types of data in each profile: national, industry, and geographic. The second section explains how to get additional data by creating customized tables. The final section provides more information, including how to use industry profiles of occupations.

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Last Updated: April 8, 2013