Many of us can recall our childhood memories of wanting to be a fireman, astronaut, scientist or (fill in your own blank here) when we grew up. As we actually do grow up, those initial career hopes are often altered depending on changes in interests, influence of parents and life's circumstances. As your career path evolves and with so many jobs to choose from, it can be difficult to know which route to choose. Which one offers the best pay? Which one is least stressful? What jobs are least competitive? Or even, which ones offer the most satisfaction?
I recently came across a neat interactive information graph entitled "What Job Should I Choose” that answers all these questions and more. With this tool, you can compare the number of people employed, median salary, growth rate, competition, stress and satisfaction for major occupations in the United States. It even goes so far as to show the growth or declining growth rates of each job.
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Looking at the screen shot above, notice that the graph by default shows several dots, each of which represent a job or career. They are arranged by median annual salary as well total number of people employed. Mousing over the $150k and over median annual salary reveals that the majority of these jobs are in the health care profession (i.e. surgeons, family practitioners, etc.). On the other end of the graph, you will see that General Office Clerks comprise the largest number of jobs.
One cool feature of this tool is that you can narrow jobs down by specific categories. For example, when I select the specific industry I am employed in—marketing— the graph changes to highlight only those jobs in that particular category. As I mouse over the highest paying job, I see that it is for Marketing Managers, learn that the median annual salary for the role is $123,220, and that there are currently and approximate 174,010 people in this profession. It also shows the projected growth for the role is 12.7% by 2022, and that it carries an above average level of stress as well as competition and satisfaction.
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I also like the fact that you can select a variety of categories at the same time. For example, maybe I'm thinking of transitioning into a career in the construction and building industry, but am not sure whether I want a job on the actual building side of the industry or the engineering side. With this tool, I can select both categories and then get information on the types of jobs that are available in each.
With vast information such as this on the U.S. job market, all compiled in an easy-to-digest, visually-pleasing manner, it can make the process of selecting the right career path a much easier task. It is also useful to companies and human resource professionals who are actually offering the jobs to be informed as to what salary to offer and competition levels.