Glencoe Accounting

Chapter 3: Business Transactions and the Accounting Equation

Making It Personal

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Before buying a car or purchasing a stereo, you probably did a lot of research on prices, options, and reliability. Research and information are also necessary when deciding on a career. You will want to know whether jobs are available in the field you are interested in, whether the salary sounds good, and of course, what you will be doing on the job. All this information helps you make an informed decision about your future. The Occupational Outlook Handbook,published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is revised every two years and helps job seekers learn more about careers.

Destination Title: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-2007 Edition

Guided Activity

Start at the Occupational Outlook Handbook Web site. Record your answers to these questions separately.

  1. Click on the Management link in the list of occupations found in the right hand column. Under Business and financial operationsoccupations, click on Accountants and auditors. Describe the nature of the work for a public accountant.
  2. Scroll down to the Job Outlook section for accountants and auditors. Is the need for accountants and auditors growing or declining? Explain your answer.
  3. Scroll down to the Earnings section of for accountants and auditors. What average starting salary was offered to a person with a bachelor's degree in 2005?
  4. Why do you think it is important to research the outlook for different occupations before you decide on a career?
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