Key resources about occupations:
(print version in the library at
REF 331.702 Oc1)
From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
"The profiles featured cover hundreds of occupations and describe What They Do, Work Environment, How to Become One, Pay, and more. Each profile also includes BLS employment projections for the 2010–20 decade."
Detailed descriptions of occupations, from the U.S. Dept. of Labor, informed by surveys of workers
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