We kept this introduction short to encourage you to actually read it. For this reason, we don’t provide many details on the technical issues involved in creating the job lists or descriptions. Instead, we give you short explanations to help you understand and use the information the book provides for career exploration or planning. We think this brief and user-oriented approach makes sense for most people who will use this book.
We created this book to help students and adults explore their career, education, training, and life options. Employers, educators, program planners, career counselors, and others will also find this book to be of value.
To create it, we started with more than 900 major jobs at all levels of training and education. From these, we selected those with the highest earnings, projected growth rate, and number of job openings. Part I contains lists that rank the jobs according to many criteria, including earnings, growth, openings, education level, and interest area. Part II contains job descriptions for all of the jobs.
We think you will find many of the job lists in Part I interesting and useful for identifying career options to consider. The job descriptions are also packed with useful information.