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Learn about Work: A Starting Point for Online Research

U.S. Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor is in charge of preparing workers for new and better jobs and making job environments safe. Find out what laws there are for employee rights, work safety, and benefits. Read about how a work environment stays drug and alcohol free and about other programs the Department of Labor sponsors.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Want to know what the unemployment rate is for the country? Curious about how much money people make in a specific profession? You’ll find the answers here. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the agency that gives data about the U.S. labor economy to the government and the public.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
This is the Bureau of Labor Statistics tell-all guide to job information. Find out what training and education you’ll need for a specific job, what the workers holding that job do, what the earnings are, and what the future holds for the job force.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

The U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, known as the EEOC, promotes equal opportunity in employment by administering programs and working on legal actions enforcing federal civil rights laws. The EEOC also provides organizations with educational and technical assistance preventing workplace discrimination.

Online Job Search

Career Mosiac
This Web site has been called the most-easy-to-use site for job searches. Look up job opportunities, post your resume or check out professional fields you are interested in. is a vast job search site giving everything from resume tips to background information on hundred of companies. Get career advice for all sorts of jobs, from working with animals to finding an international finance job.

Monster Campus
This section of helps young college graduates learn what it takes to get a job. The Feature section has 15 career experts listing their job advice. Another feature allows you to find out the cost of living in a specific city. The Alumni Advice section gives you inside information on a dozen or so industries, and how to enter them.

Employment Spot
Offers job-search links as well as links to work-related sites, such as career fair sites, or volunteer and internship sites. Get a better understanding of a career from the Exploration section, which connects you to career profile Web sites.
This site lists job ads from dozens of newspapers. Find company profiles and listings of job fairs in your part of the country. Chat online with career professionals or recruiters or post your resume on their site.
Interactive career guide for teenagers. Examines different careers, profiles top careers of the future, offers advice and links.

America's Job Bank
America's Job Bank is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Labor and the state operated public Employment service. Offers free services for all job seekers.

Building and Construction Trades
Pick out apprenticeship programs in the building and construction trades -- from bricklaying to waterproofing. This set of sites offers contact information for various training programs.

Yahoo! Careers
Post your resume, do industry Research, check out info on salaries and benefits or just plain get job advice at this Yahoo! site.

There are TONS of other web sites that have job listings, information on different careers, tips on interviewing and writing resumes, and even chats to walk you through different the job search process or to find out more about specific careers. Search for yourself! A good way to start is to use a search engine.
A few include:

Go to the search engine and type in "job search" or "job listings" in the key word feature.

Good luck!

You can also a city comparison.
See what a salary in your desired hometown is equivalent to in another location by choosing two cities, entering a salary amount, and clicking "Compare Salaries".

Worker Health and Safety

Occupational Safety and Heath Administration
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, also known as OSHA, is in charge of protecting the health and safety of workers. Along with its inspectors, complaint discrimination investigators, physicians and other expert personnel, the department establishes and enforces standards to make sure that all working environments are safe. It is perhaps best known for its workplace inspections. On the Web site, find out what type of problems workers are facing today, from ergonomics to workplace violence for nighttime retail workers.

U.S. Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor is in charge of preparing workers for new and better jobs and making job environments safe. Find out what laws there are for employee rights, work safety, and benefits. Read about how a work environment stays drug and alcohol free and about other programs the Department of Labor sponsors.

U.S. Dept. of Labor Futurework -- Workplace Conditions report
Reviews the history of efforts to improve in worker safety and health in America's workplaces as well as issues of workplace discrimination, assessing these conditions at the close of the century, and offering a glimpse of potential future concerns.

Stress as Work
What causes work stress and what can be done to prevent it? The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health puts out this guide that explains how workplace stress affects the U.S.. Learn how to detect workplace stress and what to do to prevent it

Wage and Hour Division
This Dept of Labor site explains child labor laws, teen safety, and the minimum wage and describes sweatshop abuses and the campaign to stop them.

Just for teens:

Work Safe This Summer

Make sure that your employer is following the rules that protect your health and safety. Download this check off list by the Department of Labor to see if they pass the test.

Prohibited Jobs
What jobs are teens not supposed to be doing? See the list of seventeen hazardous non-farm jobs that are out of bounds for those 18 and under.

Safe Work and Safe Kids
Brings together the US Department of Labor’s efforts for teen worker’s safety rights, gives tips for teens, employers and parents on work safety and gives statistics on injuries suffered on the job by teenagers.

Workplace Benefits and Protection

Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)
Throughout a career, workers will face multiple job changes or even job losses. A law (COBRA) enacted in 1986 helps workers and their families keep their group health benefit coverage during times of job loss, reduction in the hours worked, transition between jobs and in certain other cases.

Nurses Protection Group -- COBRA
COBRA, the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, allows former employees to continue with health coverage with a company for 18 months after you've stopped employment. This site gives you a list of links to understand more about receiving this health coverage.

U.S. Dept. of Labor consumer information on health plans

General facts on women and job-based health benefits from the U.S. Dept. of labor

Making your health benefits work for you: a site published by the U.S. Dept. of Labor

A look at 401K plans...for employers

A look at 401K plans...for employees

United States Office of Personnel Management
Employee assistance programs help workers combat problems with drug or alcohol abuse. They also provide counseling for those who are trying to balance work and personal problems. The site gives an overview of how the programs can help.


Transportation and Commute Solutions

You might want to go to one of the following Web sites and make a map of you and your classmates’ very own neighborhoods! This could help you visualize the commuter routes you are discussing.

Type in the address of your school to get a local map, or click on "driving directions," see what routes the computer suggests and go from there.

Check out these commute-related Web sites to get the full picture:

Here you will find information on commuter choices: from bike/walk, carpool, flexible ways to work, ridematching, transit, vanpool and buses. Even though this Web site is intended for commuters traveling to destinations in northwest New Jersey, the information might help you think about your own community.

U.S. Department of Transportation
The mission of this department is to "Serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible, and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future." Check out the Web site or contact The Dept of Transportation at 400 Seventh Street, S.W. Washington, DC 20590, Phone: (202) 366-4000

For more on highways: U.S. Dept. of Transportation Federal Highway Administration

For more on mass transit: U.S. Dept. of Transportation Federal Transit Administration

U.S. Commuter Choice Initiative
Find information relative to the U.S. Commuter Choice Initiative-- benefits that employers can offer employees that encourage them to commute to work by methods other than driving alone.

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics, part of the US Dept of Transportation, offers a downloadable "pocket guide to transportation" as well as many facts and statistics about transportation in the U.S.

$Funding of U.S. Transit
Find out how much money the federal government gives to U.S. transit agencies, and to YOUR state’s department of transportation, or metro planning departments for transit purposes!

Telecommuting expert Gil Gordon's site on Telecommuting, Telework and alternative officing has a clickable map. You can click on your state to find statewide, regional and local sites in your area that offer resources to learn more about telecommuting.

Telecommute America
ITAC: The International Telework Association and Council, educates for and advocates about telework. Find out about telecommuting and get practical advice.

The Bicycle and Walking Internet Resource Center
The electronic information center for bicycle and pedestrian advocacy and policy. Commute Option: Bike Resource Guide
This site provides practical information about bicycle commuting. The site is also a great example of a useful commuter options Web site.

The RideWise Web site
You can your calculate your commute cost on this site!


Wages in the United States

The Bureau of Labor Statistics: Wages by Region
The BLS has lots of information on wages comparison showing, for example, that wages are highest in West, benefits highest in Northeast. Read this summary of their findings on which regions have the highest salary and benefits.

Occupational Employment Statistics
This is another link to a Web page at the national Bureau of Labor Statistics Web site. Click on a state on the US map and find out the salaries of different occupations in each area. Find out for each state types of employment, average hourly wages, and average annual wages exist!

The Employment Policy Foundation
This Web site from the Employment Policy Foundation gives information on many employment issues such as wages and benefits, hours of work, workplace flexibility and more.

JobStar--General Salary Surveys and Recent College Graduate average salaries
JobStar is a public library sponsored guide to information for the job search. It compares wages between different jobs and gives a chart on the average salaries for new graduates.

Earning Differences Between Women and Men
This is a report from the Women's Bureau, US Department of Labor. For every dollar a man makes, a woman earns 79 cents. See the chart and read about how this has been a problem in the U.S. for 45 years

U.S. Department of Labor report on the minimum wage

Find a chart of minimum wage increases from 1938-1997

Department of Labor's Futurework report on Employment, Wages and Benefits--which deals with the wage gap as well as changes/disparities in health insurance and pensions.

Corporate America's Most Powerful People 1999 -- Fortune Magazine's 1999 CEO List

The CEO Refresher
The CEO Refresher is a monthly newsletter on contemporary topics in creative leadership, competitive strategy, and performance improvement. Get an idea of the kind of issues that CEOs deal with.

The Living Wage
Livelyhood's story on ordinary citizens in Santa Clara, CA who stand up for a "living wage" ordinance -- a basic rate higher than the minimum wage -- for workers in their town. Find out what the living wage is, where it is practiced, and where you can get more information.

Predicting the Future of Work

FUTUREWORK report from the U.S. Department of Labor
Read up on trends and challenges for work in the 21st century. There are many statements like "The U.S. population is becoming larger and more diverse," and "Employers are demanding higher skills" Think about what they mean for your own predictions.

Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies
This site is dedicated to futures studies at the University of Hawaii in Manoa. Using research, development and studies, the Center evaluates what the future holds for Hawaii, the US and the world at large. It gives a description of the program at the University of Hawaii where students take classes in futures studies, and also has links to other futures sites.

The Images of the Futures of Young People
This link is to a research study done for the Finland Futures Research Center, focusing on what school-aged Finnish kids (ages 10-22) think about the future in this "information society."

Dangerous Jobs

BLS Brief: Dangerous Jobs
What is the most dangerous occupation in the United States? Is it truckdriver, fisher, or elephant trainer? This report put out by the Bureau of Labor Statistics uses data from its Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) and Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII), telling how to identify dangerous jobs and what the characteristics are. The methodology of the study also gives an idea as to the factors considered when calling a job "dangerous."

BLS Brief: Perils in the Workplace
Thousands of workers are fatally injured each year. Find out the number of fatalities that occur in a particular industry. Safety and health professionals say that fatal occupational injuries are in large part preventable; this information can be used by employers and workers.

Kentucky Journal of Commerce and Industry
How does your occupation stack up against others in terms of safety? This article uses the 1996 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries to identify the riskiest jobs. #1 most risky in 1996: commercial fishing (104 deaths per 100,000 workers). Logging and small operator airplane pilots were number two and three. The article has a picture graph illustrating overall results, but also a reminder that jobs with the most fatalities are not necessarily the riskiest --high rates of injury and susceptibility to crime are among the many other factors.

Taxi Drivers: Columbia University News Service article
This is one of many articles online concerned with the dangers of driving a cab. Immigrants who drive taxis to earn a living are hit especially hard, according to the author.

MSHA: Mining Accident and Injury Information
This Department of Labor site gives mining industry accident, injuries, employment, and production statistics.

National Consumers League: Five Worst Teen Jobs
Citing safety data and common sense, NCL identifies jobs that are inappropriate and dangerous for youth:
1. DELIVERY AND OTHER DRIVING: including operating or riding on forklifts and other motorized equipment
2. WORKING ALONE IN CASH-BASED BUSINESSES: such as convenience stores, gasoline stations, and fast food establishments
3. TRAVELING YOUTH CREWS: selling candy, magazine subscriptions, other consumer goods on street corners, in strange neighborhoods, distant cities, and across state lines
4. Jobs where employers pay "UNDER THE TABLE" wages
5.CONSTRUCTION: including work in heights and contact with electrical power

Most Dangerous Jobs are Full of Preventable Injuries
How badly can you hurt yourself working as a cashier or as a cook? This article, written by Tracy Boyd for The Detroit News, lists the top ten most dangerous jobs and tips on how to avoid being injured in each of them.

Work and Family

The Family and Medical Leave Act
Read the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) online. The U.S. adopted the FMLA in 1993, requiring most employers to allow workers unpaid leave for the birth of a newborn child, adoption of a child, care for an immediate family member, or serious sickness. Also see, a longer version of the text in full. The Labor Project for Working Families

The Labor Project for Working Families
The Labor Project for Working Families, part of Berkeley University, works with unions to develop workplace policies for families, including child care, elder care, family leave, flexible work schedules, labor management committees, and more.

Livelyhood looks at Work/Family Trends
Check out Livelyhood's Working Family Values "Factoids" to find current trends and surprising #s on working women and the changing family structure, working families and childcare, the work/family time crunch, workers caring for seniors, and working wages.

Families and Work Institute
The Families and Work Institute is a non-profit organization that looks for research-based strategies which encourage workplaces, families, and communities to work together.

The Fatherhood Project®
The Fatherhood Project® is a national research and education project supporting men's involvement in child rearing.

Work and
Work and Family is a clearinghouse of news and information about work life issues and practices. Two excellent sections of the site include: news and information about work, An incredibly exhaustive listing of over 80 Web sites dealing with all aspects of work/family issues, from caregiving to shiftwork., A forum where you can join in to voice your opinion on worklife issues, get research answers, or find out what works for others.

Report on the Committee of Maternity Protection, International Labour Organization
The International Labour Organization organized a conference to discuss maternity protection, including input of dozens of different countries discussing ways in which their maternity leave policy can be improved.
Want to move from ideas to action? This site directory of progressive state organizations lists actions that states are taking to help workers achieve a balance between responsibilities of family and work, and other work issues.

Gender and the Workplace

AFL-CIO Working Women Department
One mission of the AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families. The Working Women's Department concerns itself with better/equal pay, flexible hours, child / elder care, and job training for women. The group works with women's, civil rights, community and religious organizations to form a coalition for working women.

Catalyst is a nonprofit research and advisory organization that does research on professional women and works to advance women by working with business to promote positive worklpace environments. Check out the latest new info on women at work.

9 to 5 National Association of Working Women

National Committee on Pay Equity
The National Committee on Pay Equity researches women's salaries, legislation affecting pay and the wage gap. They work with a huge coalition of groups to eliminate sex- and race-based wage discrimination and achieve pay equity.


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