This guide will introduce some of the F. D. Bluford Library's resources to help your job search.
Last Updated: Oct 26, 2017
- Employment Predictions 2006-2016
Look ahead to predict the fastest-growing industries and careers.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
The Occupational Outlook Handbook is the primary source for understanding many careers including working conditions, salary, education requirements, and predictions on the future demand for that career.
These are freely available government statistical sources that you can find on the Internet. When moving to an unfamiliar area, you can use these to find out about employment rates, quality of life, costs in different regions, and more. You can also use statistics like these to be more informed for job interviews by knowing what sorts of salaries are typical in the area as well as understanding local customer or worker demographics.
This portal helps you locate data from over 100 statistic-tracking agencies in the U. S. government.
- NC State Data Center
The State Data Center is a starting point for North Carolina state governmental statistical sources.
- U. S. Census Bureau
The Census Bureau site includes not only the decennial (10-year) census but also the Economic Census, the Survey of Business Owners, the American Community Survey, and other major data sets. Most searchers will want to start at the "American Factfinder."
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
This is the authoritative source for work and labor data such as employment, unemployment, wage, and workplace safety statistics. Some other economic and consumer data is also available here.