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Spring 2014
Vol. 58, Number 1
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BLS K-12 page: New and improved

Teachers, take note: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has expanded its K-12 content online. The redesigned webpage includes games and quizzes, student resources, classroom activities, and other information to help young people explore careers and economic concepts.

The "Teacher's Desk" section of the site has a number of activities for classroom use. Students can learn how to create and interpret a pie chart of their time use, to graph changes in prices, and to research careers in hundreds of occupations, among other options.

Other resources aim to make economic concepts student friendly. Resources include a glossary of terms, a list of frequently asked questions, and an explanation about the importance of economic statistics. Comments and suggestions about the site are welcome via the "Contact" link at the bottom of each page.

Visit the K-12 site at

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Get money for school

Are you worried about paying for college? For resources, check

The website links to hundreds of scholarship opportunities. It even offers a few of its own, such as a $1,000 scholarship for student bloggers.

Scholarships are searchable by subject, academic degree, minority group, and other factors. The site also describes sources other than scholarships, such as grants and student loans, to help finance college.

Start your search at

Learn more about how to finance your education by reading the spring 2013 Quarterly article "Paying for college: Strategies to afford higher education today," at

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Top occupations for older workers

BLS data show that in 2012, about 21 percent of employed civilian workers were age 55 or older. And the number of workers in this age group is expected to increase over the coming decade. In what occupations are these workers most often employed?

The chart uses data from the Current Population Survey to show nine occupations that employed thousands of workers ages 55 and older in 2012. Many of these are large occupations with many jobs. Secretaries and administrative assistants, for example, employed about 2.9 million workers in 2012. Thirty-one percent of those workers were ages 55 and older.

The occupations in the table may be common for older workers, but younger workers should take note: as older workers retire, job openings are likely to arise in many occupations.

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Employed persons ages 55 and older, by detailed occupation, 2012
Occupation Number of workers 55 years and older Percent of occupation ages 55 years and older
Secretaries and administrative assistants 897,000 31%
Driver/sales workers and truck drivers 798,000 25
Registered nurses 721,000 25
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers 659,000 20
Retail salespersons 651,000 19
Janitors and building cleaners 630,000 29
Elementary and middle school teachers 613,000 22
Chief executives 549,000 36
Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers 501,000 53


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey annual averages.

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Translate military experience to civilian skills

It's not always clear how experience in the Armed Forces transfers to civilian work. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs military skills translator can help.

Use the online translator to identify the skills you've learned in the military by selecting your branch of service, pay grade, and military job title. Entering that information generates a list of civilian skills, which you can edit to include career goals or other experience. You'll also find relevant occupations and job openings, if any, in the Department of Veteran Affairs and other federal government agencies.

Career assessments, a resume builder, career coaching, and other resources for veterans are also available through the site. (To access some of these resources, you must create an account using a valid email address.)

Get started at

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Last Updated: April 1, 2014