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Spring 2006 Vol. 50, Number 1

The 2004-14 job outlook in brief

Every 2 years, BLS projects employment prospects for hundreds of occupations. This special issue of the Quarterly summarizes that information in a table. The introduction explains the projections process and tells you how to get the most out of the table that follows.

When deciding on a potential career, it helps to know how the economy is changing and how those changes could affect job prospects. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) offers objective insights into the job market of the future.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook—published every 2 years by BLS—features projections of long-term job growth and employment prospects for about 270 occupations. This special issue of the Occupational Outlook Quarterly (OOQ) includes a table summarizing that information so readers can compare occupations at a glance. 

Read on to learn what BLS projections mean, why employment is changing, and how BLS makes its projections. 

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  • Introduction   How to best view PDF files (PDF 739)

  • Table of occupations   How to best view PDF files (PDF 682)

  • Index to the "Brief"   How to best view PDF files (PDF 343)

  • Beyond the "Brief"   How to best view PDF files (PDF 317)




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Last Updated: June 22, 2006