Occupational information applies labour market data to specific occupations or occupational groups. It includes categorization of occupations into groups, description of duties, skill levels, aptitudes, interests, physical activities, environmental conditions, educational/training requirements, data and statistics on wages, job openings, industry employers, all in relation to the work roles in demand in the labour market. Current and accurate occupational information is a crucial component of successful career decision-making.
The terms “career information,” “occupational information,” and “labour market information” overlap. Broadly defined, these terms encompass the full range of information about labour market conditions and trends, including employment and unemployment, industry and occupational employment and wages, labour market projections, individual workers or jobseekers, and providers of education and training. Also included is information about specific industries, occupations, and careers, such as qualifications, job duties, educational requirements, working conditions and work settings, compensation, employers, and current job vacancies.
Alberta Learning Information Service. “Occupational Information.” Online: https://alis.alberta.ca/alis/educators-counsellors/occupational-information.aspx (Retrieved on September 4, 2014)
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