What are the hot jobs and industries in your area? Which employers are hiring, and do they welcome older workers? Where can you find salary information?
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This list will help you zoom in on the most promising job openings. Do your research and you can match your job search to fields that demand your skills.
Labor Market Trends
The Career Guide to Industries lists the top 42 industries in the United States, compiled by the Department of Labor. This is very useful if you’re thinking of changing careers and want an overview of your prospective industry, job, and working conditions.
Career InfoNet is a prime source of information for the job seeker. It has many levels but is fairly easy to search. Look up profiles of more than 800 occupations and find the top occupations ranked by wages and job growth. Learn about the top 50 fastest-growing industries, 50 highest-paying industries and more!
Find Out About Your State
The State Information website on Career InfoNet provides a gateway to detailed information about your state. Look at your state’s profile to find demographic data, occupation rankings, the state’s largest employers, and more.
From your state profile, search for occupations by the level of education required. For example, you can look up which occupations in Arizona have the most openings for people with bachelor’s degrees. The labor market information website provides a comprehensive list of job-related services in your state.
Tools to Help Your Search
Learn About Employers
- Once you identify employers you find appealing, visit company websites to get a sense of the companies’ workplace cultures and to scan available jobs.
- The Riley Guide provides job seekers with dozens of sources for researching employers and locations.
- Career InfoNet offers an Employer Locator, which you can search by industry, sector, and state. Narrowing things even further, you can look by area within your state for a list of employers near you.
- The AARP National Employer Team includes more than 30 large employers who welcome 50+ workers.
Find Out About Salaries in Your Field
- Salary.com lets you search by job title and location so that you can see comparable salaries in different regions.
- Career InfoNet compares wages by occcupation and local area. Choose your state and see how wages in your area compare to those in other localities, in your state overall, and nationally.
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