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Choosing a career: activity requirements

Lesson description

The “Choosing a career” activity helps students to learn more about various occupations that may interest them. This activity guides the student through the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), online at, to learn more about necessary skills, job outlook, pay, and much more.

Activity objective

Students will accomplish the following:

  • Learn more about a particular occupation including
    • required education and training
    • the pay for that occupation
    • necessary skills
    • job outlook
    • much more!
  • Learn how to navigate the BLS website to locate career information.

BLS topics covered

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)
  • Employment Projections (EP)
  • Occupational Employment Statistics (OES)

Grade level

Secondary level

Time to complete

Approximately 2 hours


Students will need

  • an online or printed version of the “Choosing a career” activity
  • pencil and paper
  • access to and the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)


Share the “Choosing a career” activity document with the students. Have them review the questions presented in the “Activity” section and select an occupation to research. Ask the students to browse the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) to research the questions and report their responses either in written or electronic format.

Activity assessment

At the conclusion of the activity, students should be able to

  • express information about careers that interest them, including the pay, job outlook, necessary skills, etc.
  • locate and navigate the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) when looking for career information.

Other resources

You may visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) to browse the available profiles and information. The Teacher’s Guide lists resources to help you develop a career curriculum for your classrooms. For more classroom materials, visit the Council for Economics Education and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

If you have any questions about this K-12 activity, or would like to provide feedback, please contact the BLS Division of Information and Marketing Services at 202-691-5200, or email us at


Last Modified Date: June 22, 2018