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  • Launch My Career Icon It can be hard to know which colleges-and which majors-might be right for you and your goals.

    LaunchMyCareer, made possible with support from USA Funds, helps you cut through the confusion and find programs of study that can lead to well-paying jobs and a good life.

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook Icon The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) is a career resource offering information on the hundreds of occupations that provide the majority of jobs in the United States. Each occupational profile describes the typical duties performed by the occupation, the work environment of that occupation, the typical education and training needed to enter the occupation, the median pay for workers in the occupation, and the job outlook for the next 10 years for that occupation. Each profile is in a standard format that makes it easy to compare occupations.

    Quick Facts Include:

    • Median Pay: The wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. Median wage data are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey.

    • Typical Entry-Level Education: The level of education that most workers need to enter an occupation.

    • Work Experience in a Related Occupation: The skills and know-how that a worker receives in another occupation which is usually considered necessary by employers or is a commonly accepted substitute for more formal types of training or education.

    • On-the-job Training: Postemployment training necessary to attain competency in the skills needed in the occupation. The training is occupation specific rather than job specific; the skills learned can be transferred to another job in the same occupation.

    • Number of Jobs: The employment, or size, of the occupation in the base year of the employment projections.

    • Job Outlook: The projected percent change in employment over the projections period.

    • Employment Change: The projected numeric change in employment over the projections period.

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