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Activity Description


Students will use census statistics to determine which career they would like to pursue after high school. They will consider factors such as the type of post-secondary-school education they might need, which cities or states have the best job opportunities for people in their chosen profession, and the average salaries and median age and sex in the profession.

Suggested Grade Level


Approximate Time Required

35 minutes

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Analyze U.S. Census Bureau data to determine favorable personal career options based on factors such as required post-secondary education, average salary, and industry demographics.
  • Integrate quantitative or technical analysis with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.

Materials Required

  • Printed student worksheets
  • A computer or tablet with internet access for each student
    • This activity could also be done in pairs (requiring a computer or tablet for every two students); however, this lesson requires internet access for students.
  • QuickFacts
  • Optional: QuickFacts tutorial video to reference prior to class


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