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U.Va. Offers Online "Guide To Career Prospects In Virginia"

February 26, 2001-- Students, parents, guidance counselors and anyone wanting to learn more about career outlooks in occupations throughout Virginia can find a trove of useful information on the World Wide Web from the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.

From accountants and auto mechanics, to engineers and musicians, to park rangers and welders, the center’s online "Guide to Career Prospects in Virginia" offers a full range of up-to-date background material and projections on dozens of occupations. Created by Cooper Center demographer Julia H. Martin and research associate Achsah H. Carrier, it is located at www.ccps.virginia.edu/career_prospects/

"The guide is intended to be a helpful and complete data base about all the many careers that are important throughout the state, as well as the nation," said Martin. "In addition to individual career-seekers, it may be especially useful to educational administrators, librarians and program planners. It is regularly updated and convenient to use."

Each career is described in a detailed analysis that tells required educational levels, school subjects to take, special skills needed, working conditions, expected earnings levels, and the job outlook for it in Virginia.

The guide also offers extensive information on careers and prospects in 12 regions throughout the state, including projections for annual job openings locally. It also lists community colleges that offer related occupational courses in each region and contains Web links to national information sources in numerous job fields.

Careers in the searchable guide are grouped according to a system of broad families, such as "health science" and "information technology," that has been organized by the state Office of Career and Technical Education.

The guide can be searched easily by career families, key words, regions and other topics, as well as by its list of dozens of careers. It also suggests ways for students to explore an occupation.

A Cooper Center study of "Virginia’s Changing Workplace," describing what employers are looking for in different career areas, is also included on the Web site.

For additional information call (804) 982-5581 or 982-5582.

Contact: Bob Brickhouse,(804) 924-6856

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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