Career Pathways Handbook

Career Pathways Handbook

by Jim Cassio



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Career Pathways Handbook by Jim Cassio

Most of the content in the Career Pathways Handbook is based on a series of career profiles - each one packed with four pages of valuable information, including the latest U. S. employment statistics and wage information, career dialogues with "real people" who work in the occupations, and extensive information for identifying and comparing related occupations. Each profile uses a consistent format to allow for easy reading and useful comparisons between occupations. While this book is based on a foundation of 154 different occupations, it also includes valuable information on several hundred occupations via the career path and related occupations tables. It is important to me that the information in this book will not only be useful to readers, but also be as current and reliable as possible. Therefore I have included the most recent information from reliable Government sources, as well as my own proprietary information from 20 years of extensive occupational research. The Government sources are U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) programs. For example, I have incorporated information from DOL's new O*NET Database, which includes the occupation titles and definitions, common job tasks, key skills and abilities, and related occupations. I have added the most recent employment statistics and wage information from DOL's Bureau of Labor Statistics. Finally, from our own research, I have added career path and "real people" career dialogue elements, and have enhanced and expanded the DOL information throughout. For example, the O*NET Related Occupations lists were significantly expanded and education/training information, along with growth and wage data, were added to makeoccupational comparisons more meaningful. The Job Tasks have been expanded to make them more useful. The education and training information is based on DOL's Typical Education Levels, but has also been expanded for this book. I have also written or rewritten many of the job outlook and analysis statements that are incorporated into the Employment Outlook sections. Finally, I have included a number of resource guides to help job seekers and career explorers reach their goals. Beginning on page 617, there are guides on Planning Your Career, Researching Occupations, Education & Training Options, Looking for a Job, Competing for a Job, Writing a Resume, Writing a Cover Letter, Completing the Application, Preparing for the Interview, and Common Interview Questions. There are countless numbers of books (both good and bad ones) on all of these subjects, so I've included a list of my favorite books on my website under Readers' Resources (see cassio. com). Also included on this website is an online guide to "State Training & Postsecondary Education Directories" and a list of my "Favorite Job Websites. "
Best regards,
Jim Cassio
cassio. com

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781412033909
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Publication date: 10/29/2004
Pages: 646
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Over the past 20 years, Jim Cassio has assisted many organizations with their need for labor market information (LMI) development, analysis, and training. As a result, Jim has produced a large volume of regional-based LMI products, including occupational outlook publications, training directories, and computer-based information systems. In turn, these various products have served the needs of tens of thousands of individuals. Jim is also well-known for conducted groundbreaking studies of emerging occupations, new technologies, and career ladders; he was the first to use focus group research methodology in occupational research; he developed the first regional training directory in California with comprehensive information on services and programs; he coordinated two O*NET pilot projects in California - helping to develop the nation's new "Occupational Information network" while also helping to serve hundreds of dislocated (laid-off) workers.

Table of Contents

Alphabetical Listing of Career Profiles
Accountants (Includes Certified Public Accountants)1
Adjustment Clerks (Includes Customer Service Representatives) Administrative Assistants - See Executive Secretaries5
Advertising and Promotions Managers (Includes Media Directors)9
Agricultural Technicians (Includes Beverage Manufacturing Lab Technicians)13
Amusement and Recreation Attendants Animal Caretakers - See Nonfam Animal Caretakers17
Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary (Includes College Professors)21
Architectural Drafters (Includes CAD Operators)25
Automotive Body and Related Repairers (Includes Auto Body Technicians)33
Automotive Master Mechanics (Includes Auto Technicians and Transmission Mechanics)37
Automotive Specialty Technicians (Includes Specialty Mechanics and Smog Technicians)41
Bakers, Bread and Pastry45
Bill and Account Collectors49
Billing, Cost, and Rate Clerks (Includes Billing Clerks and Medical Billing Specialists)53
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary (Includes College Professors)57
Biological Technicians (Includes Laboratory Technicians)61
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks (Includes Bookkeepers and Accounting Technicians)65
Budget Analysts69
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists (Includes Diesel Mechanics and Technicians)73
Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters (Includes Builders)77
Carpenter Assemblers and Repairers (Includes Production Workers)81
Cashiers (Includes Convenience Store Clerks and Grocery Checkers)85
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary (Includes College Professors)89
Child Care Workers (Includes Preschool Teacher Aides and Assistants)93
Civil Engineers97
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food (Includes Fast Food, Deli and Coffee House Workers)101
Computer and Information Systems Managers (Includes Information Technology Managers, Data Processing Managers, Project Managers, and Network Administrators)105
Computer Hardware Engineers109
Computer Programmers (Includes Web Site Programmers) Computer Service Technicians - See Data Processing Equipment Repairers113
Computer Software Engineers, Applications117
Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software121
Computer Support Specialists (Includes Help Desk Technicians and Customer Service Representatives)125
Computer Systems Analysts129
Construction Carpenters133
Construction Laborers (Includes HazMat and Hazardous Material Removal Workers)137
Cooks, Restaurant (Includes Line Cooks)141
Correctional Officers and Jailers (Includes Prison Guards)145
Counter and Rental Clerks (Includes Counter Persons and Customer Service Representatives)149
Court Clerks153
Data Processing Equipment Repairers (Includes Computer Service Technicians and Computer Network Technicians)157
Database Administrators (Includes Computer System and Network Administrators who also manage large database systems)161
Demonstrators and Product Promoters165
Dental Assistants (Includes Registered and Non-Registered Dental Assistants)169
Dental Hygienists173
Desktop Publishers (Includes Desktop Publishing Specialists and Graphic Art Technicians)177
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers (Includes Bussers and Food Service Assistants)181
Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance (Includes Non-Emergency Dispatchers)185
Drywall Installers (Includes Drywallers, Hangers and Texturers)189
Duplicating Machine Operators (Includes Key Operators)193
Education Administrators, Preschool and Child Care Center/Program (Includes Preschool Directors)197
Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors (Includes School and Guidance Counselors, Career and Vocational Counselors, and Employment Case Managers)201
Electrical Engineering Technicians205
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education213
Engineering Managers (Includes Project Managers)217
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health (Includes HazMat and Hazardous Material Technicians)221
Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants225
Farm Equipment Mechanics229
Financial Managers, Branch or Department Fire Fighters - See Municipal Fire Fighters233
First-Line Supervisors and Manager/Supervisors - Construction Trades Workers (Includes Foreman)237
First-Line Supervisors, Administrative Support (Includes Office Managers)241
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Production and Operating Workers (Includes Foreman and Lead Persons)245
First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Retail Sales Workers (Includes Department Managers and Assistant Managers and Retail Shop Managers)249
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors (Includes Personal Trainers and Exercise, Golf, Gymnastics, Swim and Tennis Instructors and Coaches)253
Food Preparation Workers (Includes Prep Cooks and Kitchen Helpers)257
Food Scientists and Technologists (Includes Enologists and Winemakers)261
Food Service Managers (Includes Restaurant, Catering Service, Deli and Bakery Managers) Forklift Operators - See Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators265
Government Service Executives (Includes City and County Managers/Administrators, School Superintendents, and College/University Presidents)269
Grader, Bulldozer, and Scraper Operators (Includes Heavy Equipment Operators)273
Graphic Designers (Includes Graphic Artists)277
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists281
Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics (Includes HVAC Service Technicians)285
Helpers - Carpenters289
Helpers - Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers293
Home Health Aides297
Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop301
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks (Includes Front Desk Agents and Guest Services Agents)305
Human Resource Managers309
Industrial Machinery Mechanics (Includes Maintenance Mechanics and Technicians)313
Industrial Production Managers (Includes Plant Managers, Operations Managers and Quality Assurance Managers)317
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators (Includes Forklift Operators)321
Irradiated-Fuel Handlers (Includes Haz-Mat Specialists)325
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners (Includes Custodians)329
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers (Includes Lawn Maintenance Workers, Landscape Construction Workers and Sprinkler Installers)333
Legal Secretaries (Includes Legal Office/Administrative Assistants)337
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses341
Lodging Managers (Includes Hotel Managers, Motel Managers and Innkeepers)345
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners (Includes Housekeepers)353
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General (Includes Maintenance Mechanics and Building Maintenance Repairers)357
Marketing Managers361
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians (Includes Lab Assistants)365
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists (Includes Clinical Lab Scientists)369
Medical Assistants (Includes Front Office and Back Office Medical Assistants)373
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians (Includes Medical Records Librarians)377
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines381
Municipal Fire Fighters (Includes Fire Fighters who are cross-trained as Paramedics)385
Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts (Includes Web Site Designers and Webmasters)389
New Accounts Clerks (Includes Banking and Financial Services Representatives and Customer Service Representatives)393
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers (Includes Kennel Workers and Groomers) Nurses - See Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses397
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants (Includes Nursing Assistants and Nurse Aides)401
Occupational Therapist Assistants405
Office Clerks, General (Includes General Clerks and Office Assistants)409
Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders (Includes Bottlers and Production and Bottling Machine Operators)413
Packers and Packagers, Hand (Includes Courtesy Clerks and Baggers)417
Painters, Construction and Maintenance421
Paralegals and Legal Assistants425
Parts Salespersons (Includes Parts Counter Persons)429
Personal and Home Care Aides (Includes Caregivers)433
Pharmacy Technicians437
Physical Therapist Aides441
Physical Therapist Assistants445
Physical Therapists449
Physician Assistants453
Police Patrol Officers461
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary (Includes College Professors)465
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education (Includes Nursery School Teachers)469
Private Sector Executives (Includes Presidents, Vice Presidents, and Executive Level Managers)473
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists (Includes Parole Officers)477
Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers (Includes Property Managers and Apartment Managers)481
Psychiatric Technicians485
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary (Includes College Professors)489
Radiologic Technicians (Includes X-Ray Technicians)493
Radiologic Technologists497
Receptionists and Information Clerks501
Refrigeration Mechanics505
Registered Nurses (Includes Staff Nurses, Nurse Supervisors and Nurse Practitioners)509
Residential Advisors (Includes Activities Directors and Residential Counselors)513
Retail Salespersons (Includes Sales Associates and Sales Clerks)517
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products521
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education (Includes High School Teachers)525
Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive (Includes Administrative Assistants)529
Security Guards (Includes Security Officers and Bouncers)533
Self-Enrichment Education Teachers (Includes Dance, Music, and ESL Instructors)537
Sheet Metal Workers (Includes HVAC Duct Installers)541
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks (Includes Freight Clerks)545
Social and Human Service Assistants (Includes Direct Care Staff and Social Service Assistants, Aides, and Specialists)549
Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary (Includes College Professors)553
Special Education Teachers (Includes Special Day Class Teachers and Resource Specialists)557
Speech-Language Pathologists (Includes Speech Therapists)561
Stock Clerks - Stockroom, Warehouse, or Storage Yard (Includes Warehouse Workers)565
Storage and Distribution Managers (Includes Warehouse Supervisors and Managers, Logistics Managers and Receiving Managers)569
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs (Includes Courtesy Van Drivers)573
Teacher Assistants (Includes Instructional Assistants and Teacher's Aides)577
Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers (Includes Telecommunications Technicians)581
Tellers (Includes Customer Service Representatives who primarily do the work of a Teller)585
Transportation Managers589
Travel Agents (Includes Travel Consultants)593
Truck Drivers, Heavy597
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services (Includes Delivery Drivers)601
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers (Includes Veterinary Technicians)605
Waiters and Waitresses (Includes Food Servers and Beverage Servers)609
Welders and Cutters613
Resource Guides
Planning Your Career617
Researching Occupations619
Education & Training Options621
Looking for a Job623
Competing for a Job625
Writing a Resume627
Writing a Cover Letter629
Completing the Application631
Preparing for the Interview633
Common Interview Questions635
About the Author637

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