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Occupational Outlook Handbook News Release

For release 10:00 a.m. (EST) Thursday, March 29, 2012                        USDL-12-0552

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The redesigned 2012-13 edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) was released
today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The OOH reflects the Bureau's 2010-20
employment projections which were released on February 1, 2012. The OOH can be accessed
online at

Considered the nationís most widely used source of career information, the OOH continues
to provide comprehensive and up-to-date information on hundreds of occupations. The
information in the OOH has proven invaluable to counselors, students, parents, teachers,
jobseekers, career changers, education and training officials, and researchers.

The Redesigned OOH

The redesigned OOH includes several new features to make it more visually appealing and
easier for users to find what they are looking for:

   -- A reader-friendly, written-for-the-web style

   -- Improved navigation through tabs, arrows, and links

   -- Enhanced search features, including a "Search Handbook" box, an occupation finder
      tab, and an online index

   -- Quick links to occupations with the highest pay, fastest employment growth, and
      those projected to create the most new jobs

   -- A summary page for each occupational profile that provides a quick look at key
      facts for the profile, such as 2010 median pay, entry-level education, and job
      outlook to 2020

   -- Charts comparing median pay and projected percent change in employment for each
      profile to all occupations

   -- Multiple color photos for each profile

The 341 occupational profiles cover 536 detailed occupations, or 84.8 percent of total
employment. The 2012-13 OOH contains individual profiles for many occupations that were
either covered in groups, covered in abbreviated profiles, or not covered in detail in
the prior edition. Highlights include:

   -- Individual profiles for the science and engineering occupations, which were
      previously covered in groups

   -- More profiles for computer-related occupations, including individual profiles
      for database administrators; information security analysts, web developers, and
      computer network architects; and network and computer systems administrators

   -- New individual profiles for occupations that manufacture and repair healthcare-
      related appliances and equipment

   -- Full profiles for four occupations that were previously covered in abbreviated
      profiles: epidemiologists; fire inspectors and investigators; police, fire, and
      ambulance dispatchers; and tellers

   -- Full profiles for occupations not covered in detail in the prior edition,
      including financial examiners, legislators, logisticians, and social and
      community service managers

The 2010-20 Employment Projections

The 10-year projections of industry and occupational employment are revised every 2 years.
The Employment Projections: 2010-2020, February 1, 2012 news release covering the 2010-20
projections is accessible at Detailed information
on the 2010-20 projections appears in five articles in the January 2012 issue of the Monthly
Labor Review, accessible online at A graphic present-
ation of the highlights of the projections appears in the winter 2011-12 Occupational Outlook
Quarterly, accessible at Technical documentation about
the projections is available online at

Print Version of the OOH

The OOH is no longer available in print from the Government Printing Office. BLS will
maintain a list of private publishers who notify us that they plan to market a print
version of the OOH. See for the list of publishers.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon
request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2012