Why Some Occupations Pay More Than Others

Assignment Steps

Select one of the following surveys as a team, from the BLS Current Employment Statistics survey (National):

Goods-producing Employment – CES0600000001
Construction Employment – CES2000000001
Manufacturing Employment – CES3000000001
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities Employment – CES4000000001
Retail Trade Employment – CES4200000001
Education and Health Services Employment – CES6500000001

Retrieve and save a Microsoft® Excel® file and the graphs to your desktop for analysis. You will have to check the “include graph” box along the top of the page to see the graph, and you will need to copy and paste the graph separately into your Microsoft® Excel® document.

Tutorial help on Excel® and PowerPoint® functions can be found on the Microsoft® office website. There are also additional tutorials via the web that offer support for office products.

Consider the following two articles, located in the Week 4 Electronic Reserve Readings, discussing actor salaries and hedge fund executives’ average salaries:

“Robert Downey Junior is Hollywood’s Highest-Paid Actor”
“In Tough Year, Hedge Fund Leaders Still Paid Well: Average Salary of $467M Was Half 2013, Report Says”

Campus Classes: Prepare and present a 15- to 20 minute Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation-analysis.

Include the following content in the presentation:

What are trends in the labor market for the chosen labor group that you can identify for the last 10 years? Please provide the retrieved statistics.
What factors affected the demand and supply for this labor group during the last 10 years? Research and report data available from Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and other reputable sources.
Why do actors and actresses earn so much compared to the chosen labor group?
Why do hedge fund executives earn so much compared to the chosen labor group?
In addition to wages, what other factors influence an individual to choose one job over another?
What jobs do you think have the best mix of salary and other characteristics that individuals care about?

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