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Vol. 57, Number 4
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When making career choices for yourself, or helping someone else to choose a career, it's good to know a few basics: the types and number of jobs likely to be available, the wages of workers in those occupations, and the ways you can prepare to work in the occupations. And that's just to get started.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides this information and more. The 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook covers hundreds of occupations in detail, describing data on employment, wages, projections, education, and job duties. And several articles in the Monthly Labor Review include comprehensive descriptions of the data, analysis, and methods BLS uses in the projections.

This special issue of the Occupational Outlook Quarterly (OOQ) offers a graphic summary of the latest projections, which cover the decade from 2012 to 2022.

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Last Updated: December 11, 2013