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Book description

This book provides more than 275 job descriptions with information on each job's pay, growth, openings, education level, and skills needed.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Choose Your Ideal Career Tonight
  5. Contents
  6. A Brief Introduction to Using This Book
    1. Follow a Proven Process for Making a Good Career Choice
    2. You Don’t Have to Read All Night
  7. Chapter 1 Quick But Important Points About Career Choice
    1. Defining Your “Ideal” Job Is Tricky
    2. Clarifying What You Want to Do Involves More Than Choosing a Job Title
    3. Most People Want More Than Money from Work
    4. The Nine Most Important Components of an Ideal Job
    5. The Role of Education and Training in Career Choice
      1. Education and Earnings Are Closely Related
      2. Education and Job Security Are Also Closely Related
      3. More Education Does Not Guarantee Success
      4. Trade and Technical Training Are Alternatives to a Four-Year College Degree
    6. Career Management Is a Lifelong Process
    7. Incorporate Life Planning into Your Career Choice
    8. Key Points: Chapter 1
  8. Chapter 2 What Are You Good At?
    1. Learn the Three Types of Skills
      1. Adaptive Skills/Personality Traits
      2. Transferable Skills
      3. Job-Related Skills
    2. Identify Your Skills
      1. Identify Your Adaptive Skills and Personality Traits
      2. Identify Your Transferable Skills
      3. Identify Your Job-Related Skills
    3. Translate Your Knowledge of Your Skills to Your Career Choice
    4. Key Points: Chapter 2
  9. Chapter 3 What Interests You?
    1. Review 16 Career Interest Areas
    2. Look Closely at Career Clues for Your Top Interest Areas
      1. Score Each Interest Area
      2. What Your Scores Mean
    3. Key Points: Chapter 3
  10. Chapter 4 What Motivates and Is Important to You?
    1. Learn What You Value Most in a Career
    2. Rank Your Most Important Values
    3. Key Points: Chapter 4
  11. Chapter 5 Other Key Considerations When Defining Your Ideal Job
    1. How Much Money Do You Want to Make—Or Are You Willing to Accept?
    2. How Much Responsibility Are You Willing to Accept?
    3. Where Do You Want Your Ideal Job to Be Located—In What City or Region?
    4. What Special Knowledge or Interests Would You Like to Use or Pursue?
    5. What Sort of Work Environment Do You Prefer?
    6. What Types of People Do You Prefer to Work With?
    7. You Have Defined Nine Ideal Career Characteristics
    8. Key Points: Chapter 5
  12. Chapter 6 Finally! Identify Specific Job Titles
    1. Why Accurate Information About Specific Jobs Is Important
    2. How the Job Descriptions Are Organized
    3. Review Job Titles
    4. Don’t Overlook the End of This Chapter
      1. 1. Agriculture and Natural Resources
        1. Education/Training Usually Required: On-the-Job Training or Work Experience
          1. Agricultural Inspectors
          2. Agricultural Workers, Other
          3. Animal Care and Service Workers
          4. Farmers, Ranchers, and Agricultural Managers
          5. Fishers and Fishing Vessel Operators
          6. Floral Designers
          7. Food Processing Occupations
          8. Forest and Conservation Workers
          9. Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products
          10. Grounds Maintenance Workers
          11. Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
          12. Logging Workers
          13. Pest Control Workers
          14. Water and Liquid Waste Treatment Plant and System Operators
        2. Education/Training Usually Required: Postsecondary, Less Than Four Years
        3. Education/Training Usually Required: Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
          1. Agricultural and Food Scientists
          2. Conservation Scientists and Foresters
          3. Environmental Scientists and Specialists
          4. Farmers, Ranchers, and Agricultural Managers
      2. 2. Architecture and Construction
        1. Education/Training Usually Required: On-the-Job Training or Work Experience
          1. Boilermakers
          2. Brickmasons, Blockmasons, and Stonemasons
          3. Carpenters
          4. Carpet, Floor, and Tile Installers and Finishers
          5. Cement Masons, Concrete Finishers, Segmental Pavers, and Terrazzo Workers
          6. Coin, Vending, and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers
          7. Construction and Building Inspectors
          8. Construction Equipment Operators
          9. Construction Laborers
          10. Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers, Tapers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons
          11. Electricians
          12. Glaziers
          13. Home Appliance Repairers
          14. Insulation Workers
          15. Line Installers and Repairers
          16. Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
          17. Painters and Paperhangers
          18. Plumbers, Pipelayers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
          19. Roofers
          20. Structural and Reinforcing Iron and Metal Workers
          21. Surveyors, Cartographers, Photogrammetrists, and Surveying and Mapping Technicians
        2. Education/Training Usually Required: Postsecondary, Less Than Four Years
          1. Drafters
          2. Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
        3. Education/Training Usually Required: Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
          1. Architects, Except Landscape and Naval
          2. Construction Managers
          3. Cost Estimators
          4. Landscape Architects
          5. Surveyors, Cartographers, Photogrammetrists, and Surveying and Mapping Technicians
      3. 3. Arts and Communication
        1. Education/Training Usually Required: On-the-Job Training or Work Experience
          1. Actors, Producers, and Directors
          2. Announcers
          3. Artists and Related Workers
          4. Bookbinders and Bindery Workers
          5. Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians and Radio Operators
          6. Communications Equipment Operators
          7. Dancers and Choreographers
          8. Musicians, Singers, and Related Workers
          9. Photographers
          10. Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators
          11. Prepress Technicians and Workers
          12. Printing Machine Operators
        2. Education/Training Usually Required: Postsecondary, Less Than Four Years
          1. Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians and Radio Operators
          2. Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers
          3. Fashion Designers
          4. Gaming Services Occupations
          5. Interior Designers
          6. Prepress Technicians and Workers
          7. Radio and Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers
        3. Education/Training Usually Required: Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
          1. Actors, Producers, and Directors
          2. Artists and Related Workers
          3. Authors, Writers, and Editors
          4. Commercial and Industrial Designers
          5. Graphic Designers
          6. Musicians, Singers, and Related Workers
          7. News Analysts, Reporters, and Correspondents
          8. Public Relations Specialists
          9. Technical Writers
          10. Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators and Editors
      4. 4. Business and Administration
        1. Education/Training Usually Required: On-the-Job Training or Work Experience
          1. Advertising Sales Agents
          2. Billing and Posting Clerks and Machine Operators
          3. Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
          4. Brokerage Clerks
          5. Cargo and Freight Agents
          6. Couriers and Messengers
          7. Customer Service Representatives
          8. Data Entry and Information Processing Workers
          9. Desktop Publishers
          10. Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance
          11. File Clerks
          12. Human Resource Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping
          13. Industrial Production Managers
          14. Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan
          15. Meter Readers, Utilities
          16. Office and Administrative Support Supervisors and Managers
          17. Office Clerks, General
          18. Order Clerks
          19. Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks
          20. Postal Service Clerks
          21. Postal Service Mail Carriers
          22. Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators
          23. Procurement Clerks
          24. Receptionists and Information Clerks
          25. Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
          26. Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping
        2. Education/Training Usually Required: Postsecondary, Less Than Four Years
          1. Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
        3. Education/Training Usually Required: Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
          1. Accountants and Auditors
          2. Administrative Services Managers
          3. Budget Analysts
          4. Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations Managers and Specialists
          5. Management Analysts
          6. Top Executives
      5. 5. Education and Training
        1. Education/Training Usually Required: On-the-Job Training or Work Experience
          1. Athletes, Coaches, Umpires, and Related Workers
          2. Interpreters and Translators
          3. Library Technicians and Library Assistants
          4. Teacher Assistants
          5. Teachers—Postsecondary
          6. Teachers—Self-Enrichment Education
        2. Education/Training Usually Required: Postsecondary, Less Than Four Years
          1. Fitness Workers
          2. Library Technicians and Library Assistants
          3. Teachers—Preschool, Except Special Education
        3. Education/Training Usually Required: Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
          1. Education Administrators
          2. Instructional Coordinators
          3. Librarians
          4. Teachers—Adult Literacy and Remedial Education
          5. Teachers—Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, and Secondary
          6. Teachers—Postsecondary
          7. Teachers—Special Education
          8. Teachers—Vocational
      6. 6. Finance and Insurance
        1. Education/Training Usually Required: On-the-Job Training or Work Experience
          1. Bill and Account Collectors
          2. Claims Adjusters, Appraisers, Examiners, and Investigators
          3. Credit Authorizers, Checkers, and Clerks
          4. Loan Interviewers and Clerks
          5. Loan Officers
          6. Tellers
        2. Education/Training Usually Required: Postsecondary, Less Than Four Years
          1. Claims Adjusters, Appraisers, Examiners, and Investigators
          2. Insurance Sales Agents
        3. Education/Training Usually Required: Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
          1. Actuaries
          2. Financial Analysts
          3. Financial Managers
          4. Insurance Underwriters
          5. Personal Financial Advisors
          6. Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
      7. 7. Government and Public Administration
        1. Education/Training Usually Required: On-the-Job Training or Work Experience
        2. Education/Training Usually Required: Postsecondary, Less Than Four Years
        3. Education/Training Usually Required: Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
          1. Tax Examiners, Collectors, and Revenue Agents
          2. Urban and Regional Planners
      8. 8. Health Science
        1. Education/Training Usually Required: On-the-Job Training or Work Experience
          1. Dental Assistants
          2. Medical Assistants
          3. Medical, Dental, and Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians
          4. Nursing and Psychiatric Aides
          5. Occupational Therapist Assistants and Aides
          6. Opticians, Dispensing
          7. Pharmacy Technicians and Aides
          8. Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides
          9. Social and Human Service Assistants
        2. Education/Training Usually Required: Postsecondary, Less Than Four Years
          1. Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
          2. Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians
          3. Dental Hygienists
          4. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
          5. Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
          6. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
          7. Massage Therapists
          8. Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
          9. Medical Transcriptionists
          10. Nuclear Medicine Technologists
          11. Nursing and Psychiatric Aides
          12. Occupational Therapist Assistants and Aides
          13. Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides
          14. Radiation Therapists
          15. Radiologic Technologists and Technicians
          16. Registered Nurses
          17. Respiratory Therapists
          18. Respiratory Therapy Technicians
          19. Surgical Technologists
          20. Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
        3. Education/Training Usually Required: Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
          1. Athletic Trainers
          2. Audiologists
          3. Chiropractors
          4. Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians
          5. Dentists
          6. Dietitians and Nutritionists
          7. Medical and Health Services Managers
          8. Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
          9. Occupational Therapists
          10. Optometrists
          11. Pharmacists
          12. Physical Therapists
          13. Physician Assistants
          14. Physicians and Surgeons
          15. Podiatrists
          16. Recreational Therapists
          17. Speech-Language Pathologists
          18. Veterinarians
      9. 9. Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation
        1. Education/Training Usually Required: On-the-Job Training or Work Experience
          1. Building Cleaning Workers
          2. Chefs, Head Cooks, and Food Preparation and Serving Supervisors
          3. Cooks and Food Preparation Workers
          4. Food and Beverage Serving and Related Workers
          5. Food Service Managers
          6. Lodging Managers
          7. Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks
        2. Education/Training Usually Required: Postsecondary, Less Than Four Years
          1. Travel Agents
        3. Education/Training Usually Required: Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
      10. 10. Human Service
        1. Education/Training Usually Required: On-the-Job Training or Work Experience
          1. Barbers, Cosmetologists, and Other Personal Appearance Workers
          2. Child Care Workers
          3. Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs
          4. Home Health Aides and Personal and Home Care Aides
          5. Recreation Workers
        2. Education/Training Usually Required: Postsecondary, Less Than Four Years
          1. Barbers, Cosmetologists, and Other Personal Appearance Workers
          2. Funeral Directors
          3. Theatrical and Performance Makeup Artists
        3. Education/Training Usually Required: Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
          1. Counselors
          2. Health Educators
          3. Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
          4. Psychologists
          5. Social Workers
      11. 11. Information Technology
        1. Education/Training Usually Required: On-the-Job Training or Work Experience
          1. Computer Operators
        2. Education/Training Usually Required: Postsecondary, Less Than Four Years
          1. Computer Network, Systems, and Database Administrators
          2. Computer Support Specialists
        3. Education/Training Usually Required: Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
          1. Computer and Information Systems Managers
          2. Computer Network, Systems, and Database Administrators
          3. Computer Scientists
          4. Computer Software Engineers and Computer Programmers
          5. Computer Systems Analysts
      12. 12. Law and Public Safety
        1. Education/Training Usually Required: On-the-Job Training or Work Experience
          1. Correctional Officers
          2. Fire Fighters
          3. Fire Inspectors and Investigators
          4. Police and Detectives
          5. Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers
          6. Private Detectives and Investigators
          7. Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers
        2. Education/Training Usually Required: Postsecondary, Less Than Four Years
          1. Court Reporters
          2. Paralegals and Legal Assistants
          3. Police and Detectives
        3. Education/Training Usually Required: Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
          1. Judges, Magistrates, and Other Judicial Workers
          2. Lawyers
      13. 13. Manufacturing
        1. Education/Training Usually Required: On-the-Job Training or Work Experience
          1. Assemblers and Fabricators
          2. Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers
          3. Computer Control Programmers and Operators
          4. Elevator Installers and Repairers
          5. Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Service Technicians and Mechanics
          6. Industrial Machinery Mechanics and Millwrights
          7. Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
          8. Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders—Metal and Plastic
          9. Machinists
          10. Material Moving Occupations
          11. Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners
          12. Painting and Coating Workers, Except Construction and Maintenance
          13. Power Plant Operators, Distributors, and Dispatchers
          14. Sheet Metal Workers
          15. Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
          16. Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Occupations
          17. Tool and Die Makers
          18. Watch Repairers
          19. Woodworkers
        2. Education/Training Usually Required: Postsecondary, Less Than Four Years
          1. Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers
          2. Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers
          3. Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers
          4. Medical Equipment Repairers
          5. Semiconductor Processors
          6. Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Workers
        3. Education/Training Usually Required: Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
      14. 14. Retail and Wholesale Sales and Service
        1. Education/Training Usually Required: On-the-Job Training or Work Experience
          1. Cashiers
          2. Counter and Rental Clerks
          3. Demonstrators and Product Promoters
          4. Gaming Cage Workers
          5. Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks
          6. Models
          7. Purchasing Managers, Buyers, and Purchasing Agents
          8. Real Estate Brokers and Sales Agents
          9. Retail Salespersons
          10. Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing
          11. Sales Worker Supervisors
          12. Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
        2. Education/Training Usually Required: Postsecondary, Less Than Four Years
          1. Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate
          2. Real Estate Brokers and Sales Agents
        3. Education/Training Usually Required: Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
          1. Advertising, Marketing, Promotions, Public Relations, and Sales Managers
          2. Market and Survey Researchers
          3. Meeting and Convention Planners
          4. Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers
          5. Purchasing Managers, Buyers, and Purchasing Agents
          6. Sales Engineers
      15. 15. Scientific Research, Engineering, and Mathematics
        1. Education/Training Usually Required: On-the-Job Training or Work Experience
        2. Education/Training Usually Required: Postsecondary, Less Than Four Years
          1. Engineering Technicians
          2. Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
          3. Science Technicians
        3. Education/Training Usually Required: Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
          1. Archivists, Curators, and Museum Technicians
          2. Atmospheric Scientists
          3. Biological Scientists
          4. Chemists and Materials Scientists
          5. Economists
          6. Engineering and Natural Sciences Managers
          7. Engineers
          8. Epidemiologists
          9. Geoscientists and Hydrologists
          10. Mathematicians
          11. Medical Scientists
          12. Operations Research Analysts
          13. Physicists and Astronomers
          14. Science Technicians
          15. Social Scientists, Other
          16. Sociologists and Political Scientists
          17. Statisticians
      16. 16. Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
        1. Education/Training Usually Required: On-the-Job Training or Work Experience
          1. Air Traffic Controllers
          2. Automotive Body and Related Repairers
          3. Bus Drivers
          4. Flight Attendants
          5. Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks
          6. Rail Transportation Occupations
          7. Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks
          8. Small Engine Mechanics
          9. Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
          10. Truck Drivers and Driver/Sales Workers
          11. Water Transportation Occupations
        2. Education/Training Usually Required: Postsecondary, Less Than Four Years
          1. Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians
          2. Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers
          3. Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
          4. Diesel Service Technicians and Mechanics
        3. Education/Training Usually Required: Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
          1. Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers
    5. Go Back and Review the Job Descriptions
    6. More About the Data in the Job Descriptions
      1. Understanding the Skill Levels
      2. Understanding the Education Levels
      3. Understanding Earnings, Openings, and Job Growth Information
    7. What’s Next?
    8. Key Points: Chapter 6
  13. Chapter 7 Identify Industries That Interest You
    1. Some Background on Industry Growth
    2. Service-Providing Industries Have Accounted for Virtually All Growth
    3. Skills Required in Major Industries
    4. Review 43 Major Industries
    5. Learn More About Targeted Industries
    6. Key Points: Chapter 7
  14. Chapter 8 Overnight Career Choice Matrix and Action Plan
    1. Summarize the Characteristics of Your Ideal Career
    2. Put Your Ideal Career Characteristics into Graphic Form with the Career Wheel
    3. Brainstorm Combinations with the Overnight Career Choice Matrix
    4. Your Ideal Job Definition
    5. Your Overnight Career Choice Action Plan
      1. Find Your Ideal Job
      2. Pursue More Education or Training
      3. Take Interim Steps
      4. Do More Career Research
    6. Key Points: Chapter 8
  15. Chapter 9 Write Your Job Objective
    1. Avoid a Self-Centered, “Gimme” Approach
    2. Sample Job Objectives
    3. Five Tips for Writing a Good Job Objective
    4. Construct Your Job Objective
    5. Finalize Your Job Objective
    6. A Few Final Comments
    7. Key Points: Chapter 9
  16. Appendix A Job Exploration Worksheet
  17. Appendix B Sources of More Career Information
    1. Major Sources of Job Descriptions and Related Information
      1. Occupational Outlook Handbook
      2. Occupational Information Network (O*NET)
        1. Enhanced Occupational Outlook Handbook
        2. Best Jobs for the 21st Century
        3. Career Guide to Industries
    2. Other Helpful Career and Education Books
    3. Other Research Options
  18. Index