Exploring Careers Reviews

Careers in Aviation and Aerospace: ISBN 978-1-68282-101-5 / eBook: 978-1-68282-103-9
Careers in Emergency Response: ISBN 978-1-68282-104-6 / eBook: 978-1-68282-105-3
Careers in Law Enforcement: ISBN 978-1-68282-106-0 / eBook: 978-1-68282-107-7
Careers in Mental Health: ISBN 978-1-68282-108-4 / eBook: 978-1-68282-109-1
School Library Journal, April 1, 2017

Gr 6 Up Following the information categories of the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), each title profiles eight jobs in terms of working conditions, opportunties for advancement, future outlook, salary, etc. Clustering interest areas, the volumes include a general introduction, ancillary information, related job titles, and interviews. For example, in Emergency Response, the field is described as typically stressful and chaotic and table graphs show that falls, overexertion, and violence by other persons or animals are among the occupational hazards. A firefighter's interview cites camaraderie and a sense of peace from assisting others as what he likes about the job. There is no glossary or vocabulary help but plenty of numerical data and “At a Glance” info. Training requirements include the nuances of different types of skills and educational paths. Much of the data is up-to-date through 2016.
VERDICT: OOH subheadings provide continuity for curriculum demands, while readers will be drawn to the anecdotes.

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.

Careers in Finance: ISBN 978-1-60152-810-0 / eBook: 978-1-60152-811-7
Careers in Education: ISBN 978-1-60152-808-7 / eBook: 978-1-60152-809-4
Careers in Sales and Marketing: ISBN 978-1-60152-812-4 / eBook: 978-1-60152-813-1
School Library Journal, September 1, 2015

Gr 9 Up Students who are past asking, “What will I be when I grow up?” and who are instead wondering how to translate existing interests into marketable skills, would do well to consult this solid series. Each detailed title presents specific opportunities in a different field, offering a job description, the necessary skills and background, working conditions, salary, and a list of resources. Education, for instance, covers positions such as early childhood educator, education administrator, library media specialist, and school counselor. Interviews with individuals in these fields add a personal touch. Strong selections for students trying to winnow down their options.

Careers in Health Care: ISBN 978-1-60152-648-9 / eBook: 978-1-60152-649-6
Careers in Biotechnology: ISBN 978-1-60152-702-8 / eBook: 978-1-60152-703-5
Careers in Engineering: ISBN 978-1-60152-676-2 / eBook: 978-1-60152-677-9
Voya, February 1, 2015

Introductions to careers encompass such a broad field that it is difficult to provide specific information for the opportunities even within specific careers. Educational requirements as well as licensing or registration requirements vary geographically and within a career. These three resources develop awareness of some career possibilities within the broad categories. They contain much of the same material for jobs as the Occupations Outlook Handbook produced by the U.S. Department of Labor, but they are much more readable for students. They include a few interviews with practitioners of targeted occupations. As expected for these career groups, most of the highlighted careers require advanced training beyond high school. The names and addresses of professional organizations are handy resources for the student. Each book profiles nine careers within each field and briefly mentions other jobs in that category. Most students are probably unfamiliar with careers such as biofuels developer and bioinformatics manager. The career profiles inform the reader about the training required, future outlook for career opportunities, and salaries, as well as some of the expected tasks for a specific career. The small size and large print may well encourage students who are not willing to tackle a large resource containing multiple career fields.

Careers in Information Technology: ISBN 978-1-60152-706-6 / eBook: 978-1-60152-707-3
Careers in Fashion: ISBN 978-1-60152-704-2/ eBook: 978-1-60152-705-9
Careers in Engineering: ISBN 978-1-60152-676-2 / eBook: 978-1-60152-677-9
Careers in Biotechnology: ISBN 978-1-60152-702-8 / eBook: 978-1-60152-703-5
Careers in the Military: ISBN 978-1-60152-688-5 / eBook: 978-1-60152-689-2
Careers in Health Care: ISBN 978-1-60152-648-9 / eBook: 978-1-60152-649-6
School Library Journal, October 1, 2014

Gr 9 Up—As teenagers prepare for college, they are also thinking about life after university. These books take a field or industry—fashion, for example—and break down several different jobs in that area. Each job has its own chapter that describes what the work entails, the education requirements, and an estimated salary range. Most importantly, though, the text includes quotes from and interviews with real people about their jobs, as well as useful details about opportunities for growth in that position. The authors strive to be as realistic as possible in their descriptions of a job’s potential outlook, and every chapter concludes with a list of professional organizations and unions for more information. For the student who has a general sense of their interests, this series can help narrow their focus for their college plans. Valuable additions to any high school library.