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Laurence Shatkin, PhD

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Released in fall of 2012:

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is the most widely respected and used career reference available—and only JIST Publishing's version includes useful bonus content, green job descriptions, and a new “Best OOH Jobs” list. I edited this book from content on the Department of Labor website and developed several exclusive JIST supplements to that content:
  • The Personality-Career Quiz, which matches readers to specific OOH jobs. The quiz is based on the six RIASEC personality types: realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising, and conventional.
  • A special section, How Educators, Counselors, Librarians, and Business Professionals Can Best Use the OOH.
  • More current wage information than the online OOH provides.

JIST's 2013–2014 edition of the OOH features well-written, interesting descriptions for 300 major jobs in the U.S., as well as summary information on additional jobs. For each job, the book discusses work tasks, job outlook through 2020, training and education needed, pay, work environment, similar occupations, and additional information sources. The book is packed with photos, charts, and practical, current information, which makes it invaluable for anyone doing career research, making career decisions, writing resumes, and preparing for interviews.

Released in July 2012:

Based on an updated U.S. Census Bureau study of 170,000 college graduates, this handbook offers accurate and helpful information for choosing college majors or deciding what to do with a degree that’s already been earned. Now in its third edition, this best-selling title includes updated data, tables, and content describing more than 65 majors. New information and tables cover how closely related graduates’ jobs are to their major; reasons graduates work in jobs not related to their majors; the percentages of graduates in each major working in small, medium, and large organizations; the percentage of graduates in each major working in new businesses; and graduates’ levels of job satisfaction when compared to graduates of other majors.

Third edition, released in the summer of 2012:

Research indicates that connecting your personality to jobs is one of the most effective ways to achieve job satisfaction and career success. With the help of this best-selling title in JIST's 
Best Jobs series readers can identify their personality type and learn about the 50 best jobs that relate to it. First, readers complete a self-assessment to determine their personality type: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, or Conventional. Next, readers explore more than 150 best jobs lists that rank the best jobs for each personality type. Then readers will find 300 helpful job descriptions to help them learn more about the jobs that interest them. Read sample pages at the JIST site.

ixth edition, released in the summer of 2012:

With more than 100,000 copies in print, this best-seller has helped thousands discover the best career options through a unique and useful format. This book features the 500 jobs with the best pay, fastest growth, and most openings and presents more than 70 “best jobs” lists. The authors have taken massive data from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Information Network (O*NET) database and turned it into a helpful, interesting reference for job seekers, students, career changers, and others. Read sample pages at the JIST site.

Second edition, released in February 2012:

This information-packed reference helps readers identify their skills and connect them to a wealth of promising jobs. After completing a self-assessment, readers will discover their top three career skills. They then can browse lists that feature the best jobs for each skill. These lists include eye-opening information such as the best-paying jobs, fastest-growing jobs, and best jobs based on education level. Next, readers can learn about the jobs that interest them through in-depth job descriptions. These summaries offer useful details about a job's earnings, growth, annual openings, work environment, education requirements, and more.

Released in December 2011:

The federal government has a projected 10 percent increase in employment through 2018 and offers good salaries, great benefits, job security, and flexible work schedules across the nation. Yet some federal jobs pay better and are expected to grow more than others. 

In addition to the 55 "best federal jobs" lists and 150 job descriptions, readers will learn why the federal process is unique, discover how to search and apply for jobs, and identify where jobs are located. In addition, 150 Best Federal Jobs discusses the pay systems for federal jobs, opportunities for veterans and job seekers with disabilities, and college majors that connect to federal jobs.

Released in September 2011:

Jobs with stability are in demand. More than ever, people want assurance that another recession, technological advances, or offshoring won't derail their careers.

150 Best Jobs for a Secure Future reveals which occupations are most likely to sustain such situations. Approximately 175 best jobs lists rank secure occupations according to earnings, growth, openings, education level, age, personality type, and more. Bonus lists reveal jobs that are highly sensitive to economic downturn and vulnerable to offshoring.

Released April 2011:

In today's economy you probably can't afford to start over. You may need to switch careers quickly and conveniently without returning to school, experiencing a pay cut, or investing in extensive work training. This new book teaches you how to do just that

Learn about several routes you can take to redefine your career, such as management, teaching, advocacy, standards-enforcement, communications, sales, brokerage, business analysis, and recruitment.

Read a sample page at the JIST site.

Released April 2011:

This new guide helps college students decide on a major with confidence and ease. It addresses the problems many undeclared students have, including the fear of making the wrong decision, little awareness of their skills and interests, and a lack of information about majors and careers. This book covers 120 majors that link to 250 careers. It gives readers an overview of each college major and provides additional information about specializations in the majors, the typical sequence of high school and college courses, and related CIP program codes–everything students need to know to overcome panic and lay the foundation for a rich and rewarding education.

Read a review in The School Library Journal.

Released April 2011:

Careers in science, technology, engineering, and math are key to the nation's competitiveness and offer great opportunities.

This guide defines STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and opens reader's eyes to STEM careers. A brief assessment helps readers match themselves to STEM occupations using Holland's RIASEC personality codes.

The booklet describes STEM jobs in computer science, engineering, environmental science, geosciences, life science, mathematics, physics, and social science. Resources and techniques for additional exploration are also covered.

Released in autumn 2011:

In just two steps, this eye-opening book pinpoints the best majors that connect to rewarding jobs with great stability. Forty lists rank majors with jobs that pay the most, are growing quickly, have many openings, suit various interests and personality types, and more. Readers review descriptions of the majors and related jobs that appeal to them. These extensive descriptions are packed with information about specializations in the major, typical sequences of high school and college courses, related secure jobs, beginning and annual pay, growth through 2016, and much more.

Released September 2010:

What does the economic recovery mean for your career? Which fields will explode with opportunities in 2011 and beyond? What should you be doing right now to discover and achieve the job that's right for you?

This timely guide, written by one of the nation's leading occupational experts, has the answers to these questions and many more.2011 Career Plan shows people how to position their career for great rewards as the nation rebounds from recession. It unveils the whys and hows of career planning for 2011, giving readers a much-needed edge in a job market that's more competitive than ever.

Read about it at the JIST site.

Released October 2010:

What is a green job? How do you quality for one? This easy-to-read booklet answers these questions and many more in just six steps. Readers get introduced to green jobs and industries, such as solar power,wind power, energy conservation, and recycling. They learn why green jobs are needed, plus match their interests to green jobs through a helpful checklist. An expert overview covers the education/training required for green jobs. Brief green job descriptions, tips for getting a green job, and websites for further research are also featured.

Released October 2010:

What's the next step in my future? For many people, the answer to this question includes education and training. But what kind of program? How long will it take, where do they obtain it, can they afford it, and will they complete it? And, of course, what jobs will it lead to?
This clear and practical guide introduces routes for postsecondary education and training, explains why postsecondary education is a must, and covers the connection between careers and education. It gives readers an overview of the pros and cons of education and training options, including apprenticeships, on-the-job training, vocational training, and college degrees. The booklet offers guidance on choosing a program that matches your career goals, paying for school, avoiding scams, learning online, and more. Skill development, informal learning, and lifelong learning are also covered.
Quick Education and Training Options Guide is ideal for individuals at a crossroads, including dislocated workers, the underemployed, high school students, at-risk youth, and TANF program participants.

 Released in autumn 2009:

200 Best Jobs for Renewing America opens readers’ eyes to rewarding jobs that will benefit from six main initiatives targeted for renewal: infrastructure, green technology, education, information technology, health care, and advanced manufacturing.

See which jobs will benefit from government's plans and will pay the most, are growing quickly, have many openings, suit various personality types, and much more.

Read about it at the JIST site.

Also released in autumn 2009:

Choosing a major has always been a stumbling block for many college students. Now, with so much uncertainty in the job market, students are feeling more pressured than ever to define an academic path that will safeguard them from future recessions.

The book unveils the best high-security college majors. To create this list, I connected 120 college majors to their related jobs. Based on the jobs’ likelihood of withstanding recession, annual earnings, percent growth and annual openings, I  was able to rank the 50 best high-security majors.

Read about it on the JIST blog.

Also released in autumn 2009:

Millions of people subscribe to Web sites that list $100,000 job openings. And despite economic slowdown, the number of six-figure jobs appearing on these sites continues to grow. However, job seekers must strategically develop their career plans and prepare for the job search before they can achieve one of these high-paying careers. Your $100,000 Career Plan helps job seekers, career changers, students, and others do both in one comprehensive resource. This new book matches readers’ personalities to six-figure occupations that best suit them. Then readers are shown how to pursue the “career tracks” leading to these $100,000 jobs, regardless of their age or job level. The book also divulges insight into the hiring process for high-paying jobs in each career track. Read about it at the JIST site.

Now in its second edition:

Learn about a route to career entry that gives you a paycheck while you participate in worksite training and classroom learning—tuition free. This book opens your eyes to the many career possibilities through apprenticeships and includes more than 60 “best jobs” lists and detailed descriptions of the 200 best apprenticeable jobs. Read sample pages at the JIST site.

Now in its fourth edition:

Make the most of your college degree! Discover the 200 jobs with the best pay, fastest growth, and most openings for people with associate’s, bachelor’s, and higher degrees. More than 65 eye-opening “best jobs” lists help to quickly identify jobs that may be right for you. Over 200 information-packed job descriptions explain responsibilities, skills needed, earnings, projected growth, courses required, and much more. Read sample pages at the JIST site.