Web_Based_Field_Trip.png1: Occupational Outlook Handbook (REQUIRED)

Vocational counselors often use this resource to help make decisions regarding capacity for return to work in a particular occupation. The Handbook is revised every 2 years and gives occupational information such as the training and education, earnings, working conditions, and work activities. It also gives job search tips and information about the job market in each state.

  • Visit the “Occupational Outlook Handbook” (OOH) at: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
  • In the search box on the right hand corner of the page, type “Nurse”.
  • Then click “registered nurses”.
  • Review the information about the occupation of “registered nurses”.
  • Browse the rest of the website.
  • Pay particular attention to the links provided on the right hand side of the page.
  • When you are more familiar with the site, search for other occupations that are interesting to you.

For general statistics and information regarding the labor market, you can access the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics website from the website listed above by clicking on the “BLS HOME” link located in the horizontal tool bar near the top of the page. (Or you can access it by clicking this link: http://www.bls.gov/home.htm.) Explore this site for information that may be useful to you in your practice.

2: O’ Net Online (REQUIRED)

The O’ Net Online provides information related to specific occupations including: the tasks of the occupation; the tools and technology used in the occupation; the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to successfully compete in the field; as well as a great deal of other position-related information that may be useful to you.

  • View the O’ Net Online by clicking: http://www.onetonline.org/
  • Click on the link “Find Occupations” located on the left side of the page.
  • Type “Rehabilitation Counselors” into the search box.
  • Read the information provided regarding the position of a Rehabilitation Counselor.
  • Search for other occupations that interest you.

Add these resources to your database for future reference.

3: Career Info Net (REQUIRED)

This web field trip will take you to the Career InfoNet. This useful resource provides information on occupations, industry, and gives you access to career tools.

  • Visit Career InfoNet.com at http://www.careerinfonet.com/
  • Familiarize yourself with the layout of the website.
  • Explore this website at your leisure- you will find useful information that you will want to utilize in your practice.

4: Job Accommodation Network (REQUIRED)

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a consulting service that is designed to enhance the employability of individuals with disabilities. The JAN site provide solutions to accommodation issues as well as gives access to many other helpful resources. The focus for this web field trip is to acquaint you with the Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR).

  • Visit the Job Accommodation Network at: http://www.jan.wvu.edu/.
  • Access SOAR by clicking on the link “Search Accommodations Database” located at the top of the page.
  • Read about “SOAR”.
  • Then click the magnifying glass icon located in the middle of the page.
  • Find the impairment “Back Conditions”.
  • Read about “Back Conditions”.
  • Then select the limitation “Individual has gross motor limitations”.
  • Click on several of the different job functions and read the recommended accommodations.

You can also search accommodation recommendations by selecting the link “JAN by Disability: A to Z.” This link will provide you with a list of disabilities to choose from. By selecting a disability, you will be provided with links to accommodations, fact sheets, and organizations for most of the disabilities. Add this site to your database for future reference.

Additional Canadian Resources

5: Recruiting and Job Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

This site provides information about recruiting and job accommodations for persons with disabilities. http://www.canadiancareers.com/disability.html.

Alternatively, you can view each province and territory in Canada using the following links. The links also provide a description of occupations as they relate directly to the provincial labour markets.

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2006 provides a standardized language for describing the work performed by Canadians in the labour market. It is used for many applications including defining and collecting statistics, managing information databases, analyzing labour market trends and extracting practical career planning information. More importantly, it gives statisticians, labour market analysts, career counsellors, employers and individual job seekers a consistent way to collect data and describe and understand the nature of work. The NOC is developed in collaboration with Statistics Canada.

The Career Handbook is the counselling component of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. The Second Edition reflects the revisions made to the classification system in 2001.The updated Career Handbook provides 923 occupational profiles for counselling based on NOC 2001 occupations and maintains the original descriptor scales, factors and presentation format. It includes information on aptitudes, interests, data/people/things interactions, physical activities, environmental conditions, education/training indicators, career progression and work settings.

Recently released is Job Descriptions: An Employers’ Handbook – a new tool designed to help small and medium-sized organizations with their human resources management activities. Based on the National Occupational Classification (NOC), this handbook can help users to develop job descriptions to hire employees, evaluate employee performance and identify training needs.

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