In a September 1, 1948, letter of transmittal to Secretary of LaborMaurice J. Tobin, Commissioner of Labor Statistics Ewan Clague announcedthat an Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) was "being madeavailable through public sale."(1) The first of 23 editions waspublished in 1949. (See table 1.)
Job seekers, students, and anyone doing in-depth career research can access information on more than 6,000 jobs in one current, convenient book.
With more job descriptions than in any other career reference, this resource provides a practical way to obtain and use the information from the three most authoritative occupational data sources. It includes the complete text of the most current Occupational Outlook Handbook; plus related job descriptions from the governments latest O*NET database and from the Dictionary of Occupational Titles. Organized according to clusters of related jobs, the Enhanced Occupational Outlook Handbook contains the most up-to-date and reliable career information available.
This new edition features an appendix that organizes all the OOH jobs by personality codes so readers can easily find related job descriptions after using any career assessment based on Hollands six personality types (Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional).
Availability on the Internet. It is unlikely that the authors ofthe 1949 Handbook entertained dreams of technologies wherein users wouldeventually gain access to information in the book in other than printform. The BLS World Wide Web site went online Labor Day, 1995. In March1996, the 1996-97 Occupational Outlook Handbook went online. Withinone-half year, monthly "hits" at the Handbook websitesurpassed the 100,000 mark. Pre-Web users of the Internet tended to beprofessionals seeking primary data. Besides these professionals,post-Web users include other adults, as well as children, seekinginterpreted data--especially the type of career information presented inthe Handbook. An increasing number of schools that provide studentaccess to computers in career centers have bookmarked the OOH site. Thischanging user base and focus is reflected, in part, in a July 1997report, conducted for the Bureau, which indicated that the Handbook isused more frequently than all other BLS services by all users exceptthose from the .com and .gov domains.(21)
For hundreds of different types of jobs—such as teacher, lawyer, and nurse—the Occupational Outlook Handbook tells you: