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For dozens of different kinds of industries, such as educational services and healthcare, this source describes occupations in the industry, training and advancement, earnings, expected job prospects, and working conditions. U.S. Dept. of Labor.

Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance
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Vol 1 covers industry overviews. Vols. 2-4 cover individual job descriptions.
This set covers more than 900 careers, giving a general description of the job or career field, the personal and professional requirements, salary statistics, work environment, future outlook for the field, and sources for more information.

Describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations. U.S. Dept. of Labor.

Comprehensive occupational descriptions and data. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Exploring Careers

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200 Best Jobs for College Graduates
This book helps college graduates narrow their career options and learn more about jobs of interest by browsing a variety of best jobs lists, then looking up the job descriptions. 2003.
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Best Jobs for the 21st Century
Contains 65 best jobs lists that rank the best jobs in categories that fit salary needs, education attainment, interests, and career objectives. Also has complete descriptions of more than 500 jobs that include skills, knowledge, and training needed. 2004.
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Career Fitness Program: Exercising Your Options
A workbook for self-assessment, career exploration, and job search. Offers practical advice coupled with hands-on activities, exercises, charts, and graphs. 2010.

Explore careers. Information is at the state level whenever possible. Includes forecasts. U.S. Dept. of Labor.

College Majors and Careers: A Resource Guide for Effective Life Planning
This title links more than 60 majors to over 350 careers, and each major also includes related skills, leisure time activities, personal values, and professional organizations.

College Majors Handbook: The Actual Jobs, Earnings, and Trends for Graduates of 60 College Majors
This book is based on a U.S. Census Bureau study of 150,000 college graduates and presents the actual jobs and earnings of college graduates in 60 majors. 2004.

Career descriptions and data.

Wall Street Journal site of employment rates by college major. Based on data from Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

Offers an assessment to match skills with occupations. Created in partnership with the state government of Minnesota.

Help with discovering a new career. From a partnership between government and educational agencies.

Quick Guide to College Majors and Careers
Electronic book.

Information on popular careers. Each career has its own detail page, including information on salaries for that career by city, the number of jobs by city, forecasted job growth rates, schools relevant to training for the career, and more. All data is through 2008 unless otherwise noted (the 10 year job growth forecast is for the period 2006-2016).

Top 100 : The Fastest Growing Careers for the 21st Century
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This book highlights jobs that the U.S. Department of Labor projects to have the fastest growth for the next century.

What Color Is Your Parachute?: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters & Career-Changers
This is a guide to finding a job or changing careers, including information on useful Internet sites, how to select a career counselor, and more.

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