Exploring Careers Reviews

Careers in Architecture and Construction: ISBN 978-1-60152-806-3 / eBook: 978-1-60152-807-0
Careers in Sports and Fitness: ISBN 978-1-60152-814-8 / eBook: 978-1-60152-815-5
School Library Journal, February 1, 2016

Gr 8 Up These titles provide solid information to teens looking to turn their passions into viable professions. The books examine the broad array of choices in fast-growing occupations in the United States—sports and fitness and architecture and construction—and break down several different jobs in that field. Schmidt highlights the positions of athletic trainer, fitness instructor, physical education teacher, recreational therapist, sports dietitian, sporting events planner, and sports medicine physician. Sheen examines the occupations of architect, carpenter, civil engineer, construction manager, electrician, landscape architect, plumber, and surveyor. A chapter is devoted to each job and describes what the work entails, the education requirements, and an estimated salary range. Most importantly, the texts feature quotes from interviews with real practitioners as well as useful projections for growth in each position. The succinct presentations include a smattering of full-color photos, helpful “At a Glance” sidebars, and a listing of professional organizations and unions at the end of each chapter. Accessible and user-friendly additions to most high school libraries.