The rules are simple- use the US Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook (linked) and the clues I provide to see if you can figure out the 3 occupations I’ve found! This game will help you learn to navigate my FAVORITE website in the whole wide world, and I hope you’ll find it fun too!
Use the “SELECT OCCUPATIONS BY” tab to explore 800 indexed occupations. You can sort by education, pay, growth rates, and more! Each occupation has 2 clues (in bold) that can help you use the chart, and a few other bits and pieces from their career page. Good luck!
- Name that Occupation: ________________________________
High school classes in math, mechanical drawing, and physics may be helpful. After high school, you begin your 4-year paid apprenticeship which includes learning hands-on learning and technical instruction in areas like blue print reading, electrical and digital theory, and safety. As an apprentice, you’ll make 50% of full wage, and receive an increase each year until you become fully trained. Fully trained workers in this field earn about $80,000 This job is not for someone with a fear of heights!
2. Name that Occupation: ________________________________
While you’ll need to earn a Master’s degree and a state license, this job is projected to have one of the highest growth rates of any profession. An average profession grows 8% per year, but this one is growing 45% per year! You might enjoy this occupation if you are caring and sympathetic to others, have sharp critical thinking skills, and can work well with a team. This occupation commands a very high salary, easily over 6-figures.
3. Name that Occupation: ________________________________
This occupation is experiencing a significant decline because the industry is changing. Once a staple in every community, the small shops are experiencing stiff competition against online retailers and large grocery chains. While a high school diploma is the standard, a special talent for color and aesthetic is critical while knowledge and skills are developed on the job. Those who do well in this field enjoy working with people, have a flair for creativity, and have a strong sense of style. You’ll experience the highs of being at someone’s best day, and the lows of being at a family’s worst day.