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Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance, 16th Edition, 5-Volume Set
  • Format
  • Authored by: Ferguson
  • Trim Size: 8 1/2 X 11
  • ISBN-10: 081608503X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-8503-3
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $249.95
  • Imprint: Ferguson
  • Published: 11/01/2014
  • Dewey Number: 331
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 5080


Praise for previous editions:

"An outstanding resource for all libraries."-Library Journal, starred review 

"...useful for job-seekers and career centers of all types...recommended."-American Reference Books Annual

"Highly recommended for secondary-school, public, and academic libraries."-Booklist

"...provides a comprehensive overview of a vast array of occupations...a great place to start a career search..."-School Library Journal


Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance—now in its 16th edition—remains the most comprehensive career reference in print. This unparalleled resource has been expanded and fully revised to contain the most accurate and current career information available.


In Five Volumes and Thousands of Pages of Information!

The five-volume Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance, 16th Edition is an essential resource for public, college, high school, and junior high school libraries; career centers; guidance offices; and other agencies involved with career exploration and planning. 

Along with revisions and updates, each article has been expanded to a new, more comprehensive format, and many new articles have been added. Each article offers detailed career information, sidebars, and other user-friendly features, including a new Career Ladder, which shows common career paths for each profession, and new sections, such as Unions and Associations and Tips for Entry. Called out by graphic icons are the top fastest-growing careers and the top careers that experts predict will add the greatest number of positions.


Extensive Online References and Sidebars

More than 4,000 Web sites are listed in the career field and profession articles and refer users to professional associations, government agencies, and other organizations. More than 1,000 sidebars ranging from profiles of industry movers and shakers to glossaries of industry jargon to fast-fact industry statistics are also included. Designed to hold students' attention and relay information effectively, this edition of Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance is the ideal starting place for career research.

This edition features:

  • Comprehensive overviews of 120 industries and career fields
  • The latest information on job duties, salaries, and employment trends for more than 820 professions
  • Sidebars providing additional reading on industry issues and history, useful Web sites, industry jargon, and much more
  • Hundreds of photographs of people at work
  • Career articles keyed to two different government classification systems
  • Career Guidance section in Volume 1, providing information on interviewing, job hunting, networking, writing résumés, and more
  • A comprehensive job title index in each volume, plus additional indexes in Volume 1
  • Extensive online references
  • Information on using social networking sites for job-hunting, electronic résumés, and more.


Volume 1

Volume 1 contains two major sections, Career Guidance and Career Fields and Industries, 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 résumés, cover letters, career portfolios and credentials, and interviewing
  • You're Hired—features information on salary and wages, fringe benefits, personnel management, employment laws, and employees' rights.


One hundred and twenty career field and industry articles include an overview of the fields and industries covered, including in-depth information on alternative energy, construction, education, engineering, health care, Internet services and security, telecommunications, and much more. Each article includes sections covering the background, structure, and outlook of each career field plus 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 four indexes. Career articles are indexed by two government classification systems: the Canadian National Occupational Classification System and the O*NET-SOC.

The Organization and Web site Index provides an alphabetical listing of all the organizations and agencies found at the end of each career article. The Job Title Index, found in all five volumes, makes it easy to refer from one volume to another.

Volumes 2 to 5

Volumes 2 to 5 contain more than 820 career articles, listed from A to Z.


Each career article includes:

  • Quick Facts—summarizes important facts
  • Career Ladderdelineates a typical career path
  • Overviewbriefly defines the occupation
  • Historyprovides background on how the occupation developed
  • The Jobdescribes the typical duties of the job
  • Earningsgives current salaries and wages
  • Work Environmentdescribes the work setting
  • Exploringsuggests various ways to further explore the field
  • Educationdiscusses necessary training or education
  • Certification and Licensingexplains recommended and required certifications and licenses
  • Experience, Skills, and Personality Traitsdescribes what it takes to get hired and succeed
  • Employment Prospectslooks at where to find employment when starting out
  • Advancement Prospectstells how people can move up the ladder
  • Outlooklooks at the future growth of the career based on U.S. government projections
  • Unions and Associationslists groups helpful for networking and professional development
  • Tips for Entrysuggestions for preparing for a career and getting a foot in the door
  • For More Informationpresents a list of helpful organizations that can provide further information.




Black-and-white photographs. Indexes. Appendixes. In five volumes.

Reviews and Awards

"...continues to provide extensive, easily digestible information for anyone interested in exploring different career tracks...very user-friendly...excellent...for anyone embarking on a career. Recommended."


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