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How to Use the Occupational Outlook Handbook and CareerOneStop

The U.S. Department of Labor has many helpful tools for students, researchers, and career searchers. Two of those tools are the Occupational Outlook Handbook and Career One Stop. This guide will introduce these tools and highlight important features.

Intro to Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook offers information for job seekers navigating today's economy. Created by the U.S. Department of Labor, the OOH provides information on what workers do; the work environment; education, training, and other qualifications; pay; the job outlook; similar occupations; and sources of additional information. In fact, many library databases and resources utilize the information from the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Multiple ways to search

Overview of job entry

When you have decided upon a particular job, there is a variety of information to explore. Using the job of physical therapist as an example, notice the information available to assist in your job search.  

The tabs at the top of each job/ career offer a wealth of information for your search. These tabs include information on what workers in those professions do, the work environment, how to become one, salary and pay, the profession's outlook, information in specific regions of the country, similar jobs, as well as professional and trade organizations for the career.

This brief video will help you see the various levels of career information in the Occupational Outlook Handbook. 

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