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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 1-8

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 workers

3. Lowest-paying occupations for women workers

4. Non-traditional occupations

5. Labor force participation rates for mothers and fathers  (Latest Annual Data)

6. Unemployment rates for mothers and fathers 

7. Gender wage gap (Earnings Ratios)

8. In-demand, Higher paying occupations (Occupations)

Questions 9-10

Under "Other Resources" find and open "Highlights of Women's Earnings in 2014"

9. Median weekly earnings broken down by race, Table 23

10, 11.  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

Questions 12-14 > 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


More helpful information


Gayle Schaub
Mary Idema Pew Library
Grand Valley State University