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WGS 200 - Salary Report Assignment: Employment Statistics


This guide will help you find the library resources you need for your assignments in WGS 200.

Use the tabs above to navigate this guide. If you need help, feel free to contact your WGS librarian, Gayle Schaub.

Getting Started

Be sure to write down the exact web site and the name of the chart where you find each answer. You will need to cite your sources. Many of these pages have suggested citations at the bottom of the chart or the bottom of the page.


Questions 1-5

Department of Labor – Women’s Bureau: > Data & Statistics


1. Leading occupations for women (click on bar chart to see more details)

2. Highest-paying occupations for women

3. Non-traditional occupations

4. Earnings ratio (click on text version link under the chart to see more details)

5. In-demand occupations


Questions 6-10

Annual Report: Highlights of Women’s Earnings

  • Stay on Department of Labor – Women’s Bureau: > Data & Statistics
  • Under "Other Resources" find and open "Highlights of Women's Earnings in 2014"


6. Median weekly earnings

  • Table 1 will have median weekly earnings for both sexes (combined), women, and men


7, 8, 9, 10. Your chosen occupation

  • Use CTRL F to open a small blue search box
  • Search for your occupation
  • If you can’t find your occupation, try alternate words, e.g. physician instead of surgeon
  • Number of workers is in thousands. This means you need to add three zeros to the number, e.g. 1,004 chief executives is really 1,004,000 chief executives.


Questions 11-12 > Career Information > Occupational Outlook Handbook

  • Open the Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Search for your occupation in the search box in the top gray bar – “Search Handbook”
  • First result in the list is usually the correct one
  • Explore all the sections – you’ll need information from the entire page for your report


Question 13 > Subjects > Earnings by Demographics

  • Scroll up and down through the whole page. Pay attention to the charts available in each section. Open several charts.


More helpful information


Gayle Schaub
Mary Idema Pew Library
Grand Valley State University