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ERIC Number: EJ903938
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0199-4786
Mapping out a Career: An Analysis of Geographic Concentration of Occupations
Watson, Audrey
Occupational Outlook Quarterly, v54 n3 p12-23 Fall 2010
Not all occupations are created equal when it comes to geographic distribution. Some occupations are concentrated in relatively few geographic areas; others are spread more evenly across the United States. Specific occupations might be clustered in particular types of geographic settings, such as large urban areas or small rural ones. And some locations are especially likely to have a specific occupation--even areas that have relatively low overall employment. This article examines the geographic concentration of occupations. The first section discusses occupations that are geographically concentrated, or not. The second section highlights occupations for which employment is concentrated in large, mid-sized, and small areas. The next section identifies smaller areas that are among the largest employers of specific occupations. The fourth section explains why studying geographic concentration is important in career planning. The final section suggests sources of additional information. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States