Explain the occupational structure of the United States, social stratification and to facilitate a closer look at your potential or anticipated occupation.
Formatting: Your paper must be written in essay format. You MUST use headings for each section. Include an Introduction and Conclusion. It must be typewritten, double-spaced, with a font size 12 (no larger or smaller), and have one-inch margins (no larger or smaller). Number each of the pages and be sure to put your name on it.
The length of the paper is less of a concern to me as is the effort put into answering each of the following questions as completely as possible. Be sure to answer each of the questions in your own words—do not copy directly from any resource. However, referencing is acceptable and be sure to include MLA citations.
- OCCUPATIONAL EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
a. Go to http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm
b. Choose an occupation. Using the search engine for the site (found on the left-hand side of the page), search for this occupation by name.
c. What is the employment estimate?
d. What are the mean hourly and annual wages?
e. What is the median annual income for this occupation? Is there a difference between the mean and median annual wages? If so, why do you think that is?
f. What are the industries with the highest levels of employment and concentrations for this occupation?
g. What are the top paying industries for this occupation?
h. Follow the instructions for using the map on the back of this sheet to illustrate the concentration of workers, location quotients and wages for your occupation. You must discuss the findings in your paper.
i. Discuss how the information gathered from all of the above questions may be practically applied? (In other words, how might you effectively use this information? Do not skip this analysis)
- OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK:
a. Go to https://www.bls.gov/ooh/
b. Describe the nature of the work done by people in your chosen profession as outlined in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
c. What are the educational and training requirements for your chosen occupation?
d. What is the occupational outlook and projections for your occupation?
- SOCIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS
a. Summarize the information you learned about the occupation you chose. Was anything surprising or unexpected? Was it what you expected?
b. Does the information you found support your choice of occupation? Has it made you re-think your choice? Why? (No matter how you answer this question, be sure to answer why).
c. Based on the information you have found from the Bureau of Labor Statistics discuss each of the following questions:
i. What social class is your chosen occupation likely to place you? Would that change if you had other household income, for example from a partner or child?
ii. Where will it place you in the system of stratification along the dimensions of wealth, power, and prestige? (Draw specifically from our class discussion in answering this question)
iii. How will this occupation affect your potential life outcomes? BE SPECIFIC, think about housing, health, education, longevity, leisure, etc.!