Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: June 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963978 | Print ISBN: 9781412909280 | Online ISBN: 9781412963978| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Levon T. Esters
Occupational information is one of the major components needed to make effective career decisions. Occupational information refers to the collection of details about occupational and educational opportunities. Gathering and using occupational information is essential if an individual is to select options that fit his or her interests, values, aptitudes, and skills. Occupational information can include details about the employment outlook, salary, related occupations, education and training, and job duties. Occupational information can be classified using three types of classification systems. Classification allows individuals to communicate more effectively with students about occupations that share common characteristics. The most widely used occupational classification systems include the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) System, Holland's Hexagon, and the World-of-Work Map (WWM). The SOC system classifies occupations based on the nature of ...