Learn about Self-Employed Occupation Information

When deciding on self-employment, you need occupation information related to the self-employment work that interests you. It will also give you information helpful to starting a small business.

While we recommend the four websites below, do not rely solely on them for information. They are open to error, failing to forecast the recent “Great Recession” for example. Make sure to also do the activities in the next article, Learn about Small Business Types and Career Key’s Learn about Jobs that Interest Me. They can give you valuable information you can get no other way.

  1. The Occupational Outlook Handbook gives accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive information on occupations. It describes approximately 250 jobs, covering 90% of all workers earnings, training and education needed, working conditions, skills required, and projected growth, among other information.
  2. America's Career InfoNet provides extensive job market trends and skills information for the nation and specific states. It is the best resource for local wages and education providers.
  3. Career InfoNet's Career Videos. See "real people doing real work." You choose from nearly 550 occupations. There are also skills and ability videos illustrating those required in careers and small business management.
  4. If you want a technical analysis of how the population, labor force, and the demand for goods and services is likely to affect career and business opportunities, read the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment Projections for 2010-2020. Pay special attention to the section on "Employment change by industry." One chart shows the growth in service-providing industries, a common source of self-employed small businesses: