Provides detailed facts and current statistics for over 750 occupations in more than 90 key career fields. Contains more than 500 photographs. This is the 15th edition of this 5 volume encyclopedia.
Volume 1 covers career guidance and career fields and includes topics such as: Preparing for Your Career—presents information on choosing a career, starting a career, assessment tests, personal skills, occupational classification systems, training for job entry, and career development; Finding a Job—covers information on placement offices, job fairs, networking and references, searching the Web, and classified ads; Applying for a Job—gives information on résumés, cover letters, career portfolios and credentials, and interviewing; You're Hired—features information on salary and wages, fringe benefits, personnel management, employment laws, and employees' rights; an overview of the 94 industries covered, including in-depth information on computer software, construction, entrepreneurs, military services, telecommunications, trucking, and more; four sections covering the background, structure, and outlook of each career field; and additional resources for further investigation.
Volumes 2-5 contain articles on individual careers. Each article/profile includes: Quick Facts—summarizes important facts; Overview—briefly defines the occupation; History—provides background on how the occupation developed; Job Description—offers an in-depth description of the types of specific jobs in the field; Job Requirements—discusses any necessary training or education; Exploring—suggests various ways to further explore the field; Employers—looks at who hires people in the industry; Starting Out—suggests where to look for employment; Advancement—tells how people can move up the ladder; Earnings—gives current salaries and wages; Work Environment—describes the work setting; Outlook—looks at the future growth of the career based on U.S. government projections; For More Information—presents a list of helpful organizations that can provide further information.