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2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) Released Online

The 2016–17 Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) was released today, Dec. 17, 2015, by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The OOH reflects BLS employment projections for the decade ending 2024.

The OOH is one of the nation’s most widely used sources of career information. It provides details on hundreds of2016-17 OOH Released Online [Career Action Blog] occupations and is used by career counselors, students, parents, teachers, job seekers, career changers, education and training professionals, workforce development, career services, and researchers. The OOH is available online here.

Occupational Profiles

The 2016–17 OOH includes 329 occupational profiles covering 576 detailed occupations, or about 83 percent of total employment. Each occupational profile describes what workers do, where they work, typical education and training requirements, wages, job outlook, state and area data, and contacts for more information.

A detailed description about the information included in OOH profiles is available here

New in the 2016–17 OOH

Each occupational profile in the 2016-17 OOH includes a new State and Area Data tab with links to occupational profiles from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey. Users can access detailed national, state, and metropolitan or nonmetropolitan employment and wage data for their selected occupation. The new tab also provides a link to state occupational projections available at State occupational employment projections are developed for all states by Labor Market Information (LMI) offices. Information on this site allows users to compare projected occupational employment growth among states or within one state.


The above information comes from a news release published by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics and was adapted by Career Action Resources, LLC. See the entire news release here.