Dept. of Labor’s 2010-2011 FREE Career Guide to Industries

by Meg Guiseppi on March 2, 2010

career-guide-to-industriesThinking about transitioning your career to a different industry?

Researching your new area(s) of interest is one of the first steps for a smooth transition.

Check out the DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Career Guide to Industries for a wealth of information about a wide range of industries:

  • Finance
  • Information
  • Manufacturing
  • Natural Resources, Construction, and Utilities
  • Trade
  • Transportation
  • Professional and Business Services
  • Education, Healthcare, and Social Services
  • Leisure and Hospitality
  • Government and advocacy, grantmaking, and civic organizations

Each major industry category contains numerous subcategories. For example, “Professional and business services” is broken down into:

  • Advertising and public relations services
  • Computer systems design and related services
  • Employment services
  • Management, scientific, and technical consulting services
  • Scientific research and development services

A companion to the 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook, which provides information on careers from an occupational perspective, the new career guide provides comprehensive industry information in these areas:

  • Nature of the Industry
  • Working Conditions
  • Employment
  • Occupations in the Industry
  • Training and Advancement
  • Outlook
  • Earnings
  • Sources of Additional Information including links to many publications

A closer look at the “Outlook” for industry sub-category “Scientific research and development services” reveals:

“Wage and salary employment in scientific research and development services is projected to increase by 25 percent between 2008 and 2018, compared with 11 percent employment growth for the economy as a whole. Demand for new R&D is expected to continue to grow across all major fields, although growth will be particularly strong in biotechnology and other life sciences research as increased demand for medical and pharmaceutical advances driven by an aging population will lead to increased R&D spending in these areas.”

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