Praise for the previous edition:
"An outstanding resource for all libraries."—Library Journal, starred review
"...useful for job-seekers and career centers of all types...recommended."—American Reference Books Annual
"Highly recommended for secondary-school, public, and academic libraries."—Booklist
"...provides a comprehensive overview of a vast array of occupations...a great place to start a career search..."—School Library Journal
Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance—now in its 15th edition—remains the most comprehensive career reference in print. This unparalleled resource has been fully revised and updated to contain the most accurate and current career information available.
In Five Volumes and More than 4,100 Pages of Information!
The five-volume Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance, 15th Edition is an essential resource for public, college, high school, and junior high school libraries; career centers; guidance offices; and other agencies involved with career exploration. More than 800 articles have been revised and updated since the last edition to reflect accurate, up-to-date career information.
Along with revisions and updates to all articles, included here are more than 35 new career articles and more than 100 new photographs. Each article offers expanded career information, sidebars, and other user-friendly features. Called out by graphic icons are the top 10 fastest-growing careers and the top 10 careers that experts predict will add the greatest number of positions through the year 2018.
Extensive Online References and On-the-job Interviews
More than 2,500 Web sites, selected for inclusion based on the quality of information they provide, are listed in the career articles and refer users to professional associations, government agencies, and other organizations. More than 100 on-the-job interviews ranging from worker profiles to daily routines to workers' comments about their occupation are also included in major career articles. Designed to hold students' attention and relay information effectively, this edition of Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance is the ideal starting place for career research.
This edition features:
- Comprehensive overviews of 94 industries
- More than 750 up-to-date job articles, including more than 35 new articles
- The latest information on salaries and employment trends
- On-the-job interviews with professionals
- More than 800 sidebars, providing additional reading on industry issues and history, useful Web sites, industry jargon, and much more
- Approximately 500 photographs of people at work, with more than 100 new to this edition
- Career articles keyed to four different government classification systems
- Career Guidance section in Volume 1, providing information on interviewing, job hunting, networking, writing résumés, and more
- A comprehensive job title index in each volume, plus additional indexes in Volume 1
- New information on using social networking sites for job-hunting, electronic résumés, and more.
Extensive Online References and On-the-job Interviews
Volume 1 contains two major sections, Career Guidance and Career Fields, as well as appendixes and indexes.
Career Guidance is divided into four parts:
- Preparing for Your Career: presents information on choosing a career, starting a career, assessment tests, personal skills, occupational classification systems, training for job entry, and career development
- Finding a Job: covers information on placement offices, job fairs, networking and references, searching the Web, and classified ads
- Applying for a Job: gives information on résumés, cover letters, career portfolios and credentials, and interviewing
- You're Hired: features information on salary and wages, fringe benefits, personnel management, employment laws, and employees' rights.
Career Fields articles include an overview of the 94 industries covered, including in-depth information on computer software, construction, entrepreneurs, military services, telecommunications, trucking, and more; four sections covering the background, structure, and outlook of each career field; and additional resources for further investigation.
Volume 1 also includes two appendixes—Career Resources and Associations for Individuals with Disabilities and Internships, Apprenticeships, and Training Programs—and six indexes. Career articles are indexed by four government classification systems: the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, the Guide for Occupational Exploration, the Canadian National Occupational Classification System, and the O*NET-SOC.
The fifth index, the Organization and Web site Index, provides an alphabetical listing of all the organizations and agencies found at the end of each career article. The sixth index, the Job Title Index, is found in all five volumes, making it easy to refer from one volume to another.
Volumes 2 to 5
Volumes 2 to 5 contain the career articles, listed from A to Z.
Each career article includes:
- Quick Facts: summarizes important facts
- Overview: briefly defines the occupation
- History: provides background on how the occupation developed
- Job Description: offers an in-depth description of the types of specific jobs in the field
- Job Requirements: discusses any necessary training or education
- Exploring: suggests various ways to further explore the field
- Employers: looks at who hires people in the industry
- Starting Out: suggests where to look for employment
- Advancement: tells how people can move up the ladder
- Earnings: gives current salaries and wages
- Work Environment: describes the work setting
- Outlook: looks at the future growth of the career based on U.S. government projections
- For More Information: presents a list of helpful organizations that can provide further information.