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Encyclopedia of careers and vocational guidance
Cosgrove, Holli, 1964-
Eleventh edition.
Publication Information:
Chicago : Ferguson Pub. Co., [2000]

Physical Description:
4 volumes : illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes indexes.
v. 1. Career guidance and career field profiles -- v. 2. Career articles, A-E -- v. 3. Career articles, F-O -- v. 4. Career articles, P-Z.
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HF5381 .E52 2000 V.4 Adult Non-Fiction Career
HF5381 .E52 2000 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Career

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Our editor's have worked around the clock to ensure that the Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance (ECVG) is accurate, up to date, easy to use, and comprehensive. It contains more career information than any other single source on the market Comprehensive CoverageThe ECVG covers 1,500 occupations and 93 industry fields. Other reference resources do not come close to matching this comprehensive coverage.Give them the best resource available Selecting a general career reference resource for your library or classroom is an important decision. Completely revised and updated, this four-volume set is a must for career centers, guidance offices, and high school, college, and public libraries. The ECVG has been a standard resource for more than a quarter century and is one of the most widely used career references available.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

One need only consider recent swings in the airline and Internet industries, not to mention the stock market, to understand the need for libraries to have up-to-date career guides. Now in its twelfth edition, Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance is, like that other standard of the career reference section, the Occupational Outlook Handbook (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, annual), essential. Volume 1 devotes 71 pages to career guidance topics and more than 375 pages to overviews of 93 career fields (similar to the industry profiles of earlier editions), while volumes 2 through 4 cover the essentials of some 677 careers, alphabetically arranged. With some 3,200 pages of up-to-date information engagingly presented, this is truly a one-stop source. The opening section on career guidance is organized into four areas: "Preparing for Your Career," "Finding a Job," "Applying for a Job," and "You're Hired!" Along the way is practical advice on choosing a career, networking, resumes and cover letters, interviewing, salaries and wages, and employment laws. Each of these and other topics are accompanied by a well-annotated list of Web sites to consult for further information. The next section profiles 449 career fields. Each profile looks at the background, structure, and employment outlook of the field and offers sources of further information (with address, phone number, and Web address); references to related articles; a glossary; one or more black-and-white photographs; and the occasional interesting sidebar. Volume 1 concludes with appendixes on career resources for those with disabilities and information on internships, apprenticeships, and training programs and indexes to various job classification systems (such as the Dictionary of Occupational Titles and the Guide for Occupational Exploration), organizations and Web sites, and job titles. Volumes 2 through 4 profile specific careers. For each, there is an overview followed by sections on history, description of the job, requirements, earnings, work environment, outlook, and more. Each profile also offers sources for further information, and, usually, a photograph. Often there is a bibliography or an interesting sidebar; the article on home health-care aides, for instance, provides an interview with a home health physical therapist. Volumes 2 through 4 contain an identical job title index. This resource continues to be a key library resource, highly recommended for high-school, public, and academic libraries.

Library Journal Review

High school seniors and college undergraduates are the target audience of this revised reference on occupations, now in its 12th edition. Volume 1 provides articles on all aspects of career preparation and the job-search process, e.g., applications, salary negotiations, benefits, promotions, and employee rights. It also includes essays that describe over 90 career fields, emphasizing their historical background and future outlook and providing sources for more information. Volumes 2, 3, and 4 contain over 650 lengthy essays on 1500 occupations, from accountants to zoologists, giving emphasis to education and experience requirements for advancement, typical earnings and benefits at different levels, work environment, job safety, negative factors such as job stress, and advantageous personality characteristics. Shaded sidebars contain interesting factual information (e.g., six popular films that feature librarian roles). The format and content do not differ significantly from those of the previous edition (published in 2000), with most of the revised information found in the outlook sections, Internet site descriptions, and recommended contact references. Some occupations, such as advertising workers and animal shelter employees, have been eliminated or incorporated into others, while some new ones, such as executive recruiters and elder law attorneys, have been added. Other changes are less meaningful: the same black-and-white photos have been moved within the essays, and there are also some slight font changes. The alphabetical arrangement, the job title index, the "Related Articles" at the conclusion of each career field essay, and the use of italics to emphasize indexed occupations within the text are just some of the many features that make this an excellent resource for those starting to explore career possibilities. Recommended for all libraries that don't already own the previous edition.-Stanley P. Hodge, formerly with Ball State Univ. Lib., Muncie, IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Significantly updated from the tenth edition (1997), this version includes Internet sites (its most obvious update), but sidebars and quick reference features encourage browsing. The career guidance section has been revived, and the volumes are like an expanded version of Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) (CH, Dec'98). Users familiar with that resource and Dictionary of Occupational Titles (1992) will find this edition an even better complement. The editors have made the guidance section an active tool, not just a superficial review of job-hunting tips. Career counselors will appreciate value-added scholarship and realistic placement opportunities. One example of thorough updating is computer-related occupations: software, hardware, and computers are three different career field articles, each identifying some 20 related job articles. All volumes have a comprehensive job title index. Volume 1 has five additional indexes for Web sites and four sets of federal vocational codes. One minor drawback: the black-and-white photos impart a dated look, much like OOH. A superb tool for integrating multiple sources of vocational information; a solid resource for libraries and career centers. P. Weathers-Parry; Georgetown University



Praise for previous editions: "Continues to be one of the standard tools for libraries in the area of career development." - American Reference Books Annual "An excellent resource for initial occupational exploration." - Library Journal "Highly Recommended." - The Book Report Highlights:709 completely revised and updated career articles 50 new career articles More than 300 on-the-job interviews All 93 industry articles completely revised and updated All career articles keyed to government classification systems More than 2,500 websites listed for further information Career Guidance section with information on interviewing, networking, and more Expanded coverage of internships, apprenticeships, and more. First published more than a quarter of a century ago, Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance, now in its twelfth edition, remains the most comprehensive career reference publication in print. Covers more than 2,500 job titles The four-volume Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance, Twelfth Edition is a must for public, college, high school, and junior high school libraries; career centers; guidance offices; and other agencies involved with career exploration. More than 700 articles have been revised and updates since the last edition to reflect accurate, up-to-date career information. Along with revisions and updates to all articles, included here are 50 new career articles and more than 90 new photographs. Each article offers expanded career information, a bibliography, sidebars and other user-friendly features, as well as an extended profile of someone working in the field. Receiving prominent treatment in this edition are the top 10 fastest-growing careers and the top 10 careers that experts predict will add the greatest number of positions through the year 2010. Extensive online references and on-the-job interviews More than 2,500 websites, selected for inclusion based on the wealth and quality of information they provide, are listed in the career articles and refer users to professional associations, government agencies, and other organizations. More than 300 on-the-job interviews ranging from worker profiles to daily routines to workers' comments about their occupation are also included in major career articles. Designed to hold students' attention and relay information efficiently and effectively, Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance is the ideal starting place for career research. Volume 1 Volume 1 contains industry articles in two major sections, Career Guidance and Career Fields, as well as appendixes and indexes. Career Guidance is divided into four parts: Preparing for Your Career: presents information on choosing a career, starting a career, assessment tests, personal skills, occupational classification systems, training for job entry, and career development Finding a Job: covers information on placement offices, job fairs, networking and references, searching the Web, and classified ads Applying for a Job: gives information on resumes, cover letters, career portfolios and credentials, and interviewing You're Hired: features information on salary/wages, fringe benefits, personnel management, employment laws, and employees' rights. Career Fields articles include an overview of the 93 industries covered, including in-depth information on computer software, construction, entrepreneurs, military services, telecommunications, trucking, and more; four sections covering the background, structure, and outlook of each career field; and additional resources for further investigation. Volume 1 also includes two appendixes-Career Resources and Associations for Individuals with Disabilities and Internships, Apprenticeships, and Training Programs-and six indexes. Career articles are indexed by four government classification systems: the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, the Guide for Occupational Exploration, the O*NET-SOC, and the Canadian National Occupational System A fifth index is the Organization and Web Site Index, which is an alphabetical listing of all the organizations and agencies found at the end of each career article. The sixth index, a Job Title Index, is found in all four volumes and makes it easy to refer from one volume to another. Volumes 2 to 4 Volumes 2 through 4 contain the career articles, listed from A to Z. Each career article includes: Quick Facts: summarizes important facts Overview: briefly defines the occupation History: provides background on how the occupation developed Job Description: offers an in-depth description of the types of specific jobs in the field Job Requirements: discusses any necessary training or education Exploring: suggests various ways to further explore the field Employers: looks at who hires people in the industry Starting Out: suggests where to look for employment Advancement: tells how people can move up the ladder Earnings: gives current salaries and wages Work Environment: describes the work setting Outlook: looks at the future growth of the career based on U.S. government projections Additional Resources: presents a list of organizations that can provide further information. Excerpted from Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. 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