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Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance, 17th Edition, 6-Volume Set
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  • Authored by: James Chambers, General Editor
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  • ISBN-10: 0816085145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-8514-9
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $299.95
  • Imprint: Ferguson
  • Published: 11/01/2017
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  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up


Praise for previous editions:

"...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."—Choice

"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 17th edition—remains the most comprehensive career reference in print. This unparalleled resource has been expanded to six volumes and fully revised to contain the most accurate and current career information available.

In Six Volumes and Thousands of Pages of Information!

The six-volume Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance, 17th 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.

Each article has been thoroughly revised and updated, and many new articles have been added. Comprehensive career information, sidebars, and user-friendly features, including the Career Ladder, which shows common career paths for each profession, provide a clear picture of what it takes to launch a successful career. Called out by graphic icons are the top fastest-growing careers, the highest-paying jobs, and the top careers that experts predict will add the greatest number of positions.

Extensive Online References and Sidebars

More than 7,000 websites 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 140 industries and career fields
  • The latest information on job duties, salaries, education requirements, and employment trends for more than 980 professions
  • Sidebars providing additional reading on industry issues and history, useful websites, industry jargon, and much more
  • More than 800 photographs of people at work
  • Career articles indexed to the O*NET-SOC and Canada's National Occupational Classification (NOC) 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
  • Appendixes of information and resources for finding apprenticeships and internships and for people with disabilities.

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 Internet, 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 forty career field and industry articles provide in-depth information on alternative energy, consulting, education, engineering, health care, Internet services and security, nanotechnology, social media, telecommunications, and much more. Each article includes an overview of the field or industry and sections covering the background, structure, and outlook of each one 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 Website 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 six volumes, makes it easy to refer from one volume to another.

Volumes 2 to 6

Volumes 2 to 6 contain more than 980 career articles, listed from A to Z.

Each career article includes:

  • Quick Facts—summarizes important facts
  • Career Ladder—delineates a typical career path
  • Overview—briefly defines the occupation
  • History—provides background on how the occupation developed
  • The Job—describes the typical duties of the job
  • Earnings—gives current salaries and wages
  • Work Environment—describes the work setting
  • Exploring—suggests various ways to further explore the field
  • Education—discusses necessary training or education
  • Certification and Licensing—explains recommended and required certifications and licenses
  • Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits—describes what it takes to get hired and succeed
  • Employment Prospects—looks at where to find employment when starting out
  • Advancement Prospects—tells how people can move up the ladder
  • Outlook—looks at the future growth of the career based on U.S. government projections
  • Unions and Associations—lists groups helpful for networking and professional development
  • Tips for Entry—suggestions for preparing for a career and getting a foot in the door
  • For More Information—presents a list of helpful organizations that can provide further information.


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

6,344 pp. 8 1/2" x 11".

Reviews and Awards

"...provides a treasure trove of insight...a complete career reference center...a significant source of contemporary information in easy-to-understand language. This important resource is necessary for professionals who help youth make complex education-to-work choices and will be useful for university career centers, counseling centers, public libraries, secondary schools, guidance counselors, and job seekers. Highly recommended."

American Reference Books Annual

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