I/O psychologists are frequently called upon to help organizations select people for various jobs. However, most selection is done by employees themselves, as they choose careers. While some people may have an easy time deciding what they wish to d o in life, others find it a difficult decision. The area of vocational choice, which is related to I/O, is concerned with this issue.

The U.S. government has resources to help people choose occupations and find jobs. One is the Occupational Outlook Handbook, which you can use online for free to explore possible careers. You can enter the name of a job, and it will provide you with information. It is also a book that you can order.

1. Go to the links page and log onto the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2. Under Publications and Research Papers you will find the handbook.

3. Choose a job and do an occupation search on it.

4. Write a report about your future career, including the various information you found here

If you are serious about the career, you should also go to ONET and use the resources there to investigate your job.

HINT: Be sure and take notes as you go, or download the information for later use.


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