canstockphoto8767223 CMYKEducators can broaden students’ perspectives and the lenses they use to look at future careers based on the realities of the exciting and unique opportunities in nontraditional careers.

Understand the Demand—The following websites provide data about employment projections, wage trends, career profiles, and opportunities in nontraditional occupations.

Employment Projections and Career Opportunities

O*Net—Detailed career information, wage and employment trends, and resources for finding a career

U.S. Department of Labor

Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce—Recovery: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2020

Labor Demand and Occupational Outlook

Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook—Searchable resource that provides detailed career profiles including wage and employment trends, and job outlook.
Nontraditional Occupations Crosswalk—NAPE’s national crosswalk links educational programs to occupations with Career Clusters and Career Pathways. State and local education agencies have used NAPE’s Nontraditional Crosswalk since 2007 to collect data for the Perkins IV nontraditional core indicators.
Startling Statements—Activity that explores biases and workforce statistics regarding women’s and men’s participation in nontraditional occupations through an interactive process.

National 2014 Fact Sheet_Final_4-21-14_Page_1Career and Technical Education (CTE) Resources

State of STEM Education

Change the Equation has created a new tool for educators to investigate the state of STEM education in their region.  From Vital Signs you can download charts and graphs, compare state and national progress, and examine the challenges in STEM education and connect to resources in STEMworks programs (including NAPE).