Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance

Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance

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Profiles various careers in detail, and provides advice on choosing an appropriate career that matches skill and interests, applying and interviewing for jobs, meeting requirements, and pursuing professional growth.

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The (previous) 13th edition (2005) is distinguished by inclusion in Resources for College Libraries and was enthusiastically reviewed by ARBA, Booklist, and Choice. Written for students at the high school level, though useful to any general reader, this five-volume reference provides thorough, basic information on over 700 careers, from accountant to zoologist. For the 14th edition, 35 new career articles have been added, and salary and employment statistics have been updated. A career guidance section is provided, and Vol.1 contains overviews of 93 industries. The remaining four volumes describe specific careers in alphabetical order, with a description of the history, practice, educational requirements, tips to learn more, employers, work environment, outlook for the field, and list of additional resources included for each. Comprehensive indexes are included in each volume. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Praise for the previous editions:
"This remains a must-have acquisition by school, public, and academic libraries where career information is needed." American Reference Books Annual

"...essential...engagingly presented...truly a one-stop source...This work resource continues to be a key library resource, highly recommended for high school, public, and academic libraries." Booklist

"A superb tool for integrating multiple sources of vocational information; a solid resource for libraries and career centers." Choice

"A comprehensive, interesting, and virtually unbeatable career investigation tool." The Book Report

Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance now in its 14th edition remains the most comprehensive career reference in print. This unparalleled resource contains more than 700 articles that have been fully revised and updated to contain the most accurate and current career information available.

This edition features:

  • Comprehensive overviews of 93 industries
  • More than 700 completely revised and updated career articles
  • More than 35 new career articles
  • The latest information on salaries and employment trends
  • More than 320 on-the-job interviews
  • More than 220 sidebars, providing additional reading on industry issues and history, useful Web sites, industry jargon, and much more
  • Approximately 550 photographs of people on the job, with more than 100 new to this edition
  • Career articles keyed to four different government classification systems
  • More than 2,500 Web sites listed for further information
  • Career Guidance section in Volume 1, providing information on interviewing, job hunting, networking, writing r sum s, and more
  • A comprehensive job title index in each volume, plus additional indexes in Volume 1.

The five-volume Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance, 14th 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 700 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. Receiving prominent treatment in this edition 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 2014.

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 320 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.

Volume 1

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 r sum s, 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 93 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 through 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.

Publisher: New York, NY : Ferguson, c2008
Edition: 14th ed
ISBN: 9780816070664
Characteristics: 5 v. : ill. ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: J.G. Ferguson Publishing Company


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