Career Discovery Reviews

Careers If You Like Animals: ISBN 978-1-68282-134-3 / eBook: 978-1-68282-135-0
Careers If You Like Helping People: ISBN 978-1-68282-136-7 / eBook: 978-1-68282-137-4
Careers If You Like Music: ISBN 978-1-68282-138-1 / eBook: 978-1-68282-139-8
Careers If You Like Sports: ISBN 978-1-68282-142-8 / eBook: 978-1-68282-143-5
Careers If You Like the Outdoors: ISBN 978-1-68282-140-4 / eBook: 978-1-68282-141-1
Careers If You Like Video Games: ISBN 978-1-68282-144-2 / eBook: 978-1-68282-145-9
School Library Journal, November 2017

Gr 6 Up—A straightforward presentation of eight career profiles for each interest area conveys realistic expectations. In Animals, as in the other titles, skill and education levels vary, (a doctorate is typically required to be an entomologist, while a college degree is not necessary to be a farrier, or horse shoer). A colored text box shares familiar job facts referenced from the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), such as working conditions, education, salary, and employment outlook (there is a link to this seminal reference from the Bureau of Labor found in the back). Each narrative flows accessibly, noting a typical day in the life, physical demands, and future prospects in the current economy. In Music, the statement “passion versus payment is common” warns that music jobs may be hard to come by. Quotes from people in the field also lend an authentic element, and this commentary is largely optimistic and inspiring.
VERDICT: A balanced mix of jobs for middle and high school students of all abilities and interests.