Frequently asked questions

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1. What are the hottest jobs?

The fastest growing jobs

2. What are the occupations with the most job growth?

The occupations with the most job growth or numerical change

3. What industries are expected to have the largest growth in employment?

The industries with the largest employment growth

4. Can you accept my résumé or help me find a job?

The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) is produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), an agency within the United States Department of Labor. Although the OOH provides career information, the BLS does not provide information on specific job openings except for jobs within the BLS, primarily for economists, mathematical statisticians, and computer specialists. Information on jobs with the BLS may be found at However, over one million active job opportunities can be searched online using America's Job Bank at Additional career information is available at America's Career Info Net at   Also, although you already may have consulted the OOH at, you may want to consult the Sources of Career Information section at for information on job search methods and addresses of local sources of information.

5. Can you add a link from the Handbook or Career Guide web site to my web site?

Our policy prohibits the addition of any new content to the Handbook or Career Guide web site that is not in the print version.

6. How can I order a print version of the Handbook or Career Guide? How much do these publications cost?

Ordering and price information for the Handbook and Career Guide is available at

7. How much do the various occupations earn? Do you have earnings data by State or metropolitan area?

The BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program produces employment and wage estimates for over 700 occupations. Earnings data are available for the Nation as a whole, for individual States, and for metropolitan areas.

8. Are employment projections by state available?

BLS does not prepare regional, State, or local area projections. However, most States do prepare occupational employment projections, which are available at

9. Do you have projections of unfilled jobs?

BLS does not develop projections of unfilled jobs. A number of articles have incorrectly reported that BLS employment and labor force projections indicate that there will be more jobs than workers to fill them. BLS does project both the number of employed persons, the number of jobs, and replacement needs. Because many people have more than one job, the number of jobs exceeds the number of employed persons even before replacement needs are considered.


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Last Modified Date: December 18, 2007