The best-informed career decisions start by asking yourself important questions, and researching the answers: Is the career you want growing or declining in your area? How hard will it be to find a job when you complete your training program? Will you be able to get the kind of job you want in a new location? If you are interested in two different careers, which looks more promising?
Take some time with the information below to learn about occupations. Use these reports as part of your career research, but be sure to use multiple information sources when you make a career decision.
These reports will allow you to:
- See the fastest growing occupations in your state and the US. The numbers include new jobs being created, and job openings from turnover. From “some high school” to “graduate degree”, view fastest growing occupations by level of education.
- Learn which occupations are expected to have the most total job openings in the next few years. Keep in mind that an occupation can be growing fast but still employ a small number of people, while this report lists fields with the highest total number of job openings. These openings are from people who leave the field due to retirement or quitting, plus new jobs that are created.
View occupations with the largest employment, or highest total number of workers already employed, across the US or in your state. For example, retail sales has over four million people working in that field, and more than one million elementary school teachers are employed in the US, so both of these are in the list of the top 20.
- Get a report of occupations with declining employment. Here you will find a list of occupations that have decreasing job openings. The number of employees may decline because of changes in technology or work process efficiency, for example the rise in electronic communication, or due to a decline in the demand for a product or service.
- Visit Employment trends to explore two or more careers and see the growth rate for each, view earnings at different levels of experience, and compare different regions. Consider trends for deciding on a college major or training program, and for help choosing a new career. Or see employment rates for people with your skills in a new location.