If you’ve worked with job seekers for any length of time, you most likely are familiar with the Occupational Outlook Quarterly (OOQ). Published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (part of the U.S. Department of Labor), the OOQ was a full-color magazine that came out four times a year. For many years, the editors at Career Action Resources subscribed to the OOQ and looked forward to its articles that used occupational data and information in a nontechnical, interesting way. When the OOQ went online for free, we ceased our print subscription, as many others most likely did also.
Recently the OOQ was reborn online as a new BLS publication called Career Outlook. “Career Outlook has a new name, a new look, and new features for students, career counselors, job seekers, researchers, and others,” writes BLS Commissioner Erica L. Groshen in the Commissioner’s Corner blog. “Career Outlook provides helpful information about choosing an occupation, changing careers, understanding education and training options, and more,” Commissioner Groshen explains.
The new Career Outlook provides the same types of articles as the OOQ. If you were an OOQ reader, the Career Outlook features described in the Commissioner’s Corner blog will sound familiar. The new Career Outlook includes the following elements:
- Feature articles provide interesting, detailed, and helpful studies of occupations, industries, employment projections, and career planning. For example, “Working for the Federal Government” is the current feature article on the Career Outlook home page. Other articles on the current home page include “Education Level and Jobs: Opportunities by State” and “Careers in Law Firms.”
- “You’re a what?” profiles unique or interesting occupations, such as a font designer and golf ball diver. Grant writers are profiled on the Career Outlook home page as of this writing.
- “Interview with a…” describes a worker’s career path in a question-and-answer format. On the current Career Outlook home page, a nursing instructor explains her career background. Questions include the following: What do you teach? Did you always know this was what you wanted to do? How did you get this job? What about networking? What’s your best advice for aspiring nurses or nursing instructors? The interview is accompanied by BLS Fast Facts, which list wages, employment projections, and top-employing industries for nursing instructors and teachers.
- “Data on display” visually depicts and analyzes useful data. The current Career Outlook features a chart titled “Education Still Pays.”
- Quick Tip links to helpful websites for more career and education information.
We are happy to see many fine articles from past issues of the OOQ linked on the Career Outlook site. You can also click the Archives tab to access past OOQ articles on career fields, career planning (including job search and skill-related topics), work options (such as flexible jobs and part-time jobs), benefits and pay, education and training, and data.
Like the OOQ that preceded it, Career Outlook articles are written in clear, plain language and offer helpful and understandable occupational data. New articles are posted to Career Outlook frequently, according to the site. No more waiting for the next edition of the OOQ, which always seemed a season late by the time we received the latest quarterly issue by U.S. Mail. Finally, you can subscribe to Career Outlook updates at the site and use the social media buttons at the bottom of the site's home page to share content.
Be sure to add Career Outlook to your list of job seeker tools. Career Action Resources congratulates the BLS for creating this new resource for the benefit of job hunters, career changers, students, and the workforce development and career professionals who teach, assist, and guide them.