This is the outlook for some of the jobs covered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in its 266-page report. "Occupational Outlook for College Graduates, 1976-77 Edition." It is available from the Government Printing Office for $3.30.
ACCOUNTANT - Demand continuing to grow, but employers prefer applicants with some practical experience. (Washington Post interviews indicated many accounting majors finding field overcrowded and studying to become a certified public accountants to break through competition.)
ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE - Highly competitive, with availability of jobs tied to state of general economy "because firms expand or contract their advertising budgets according to their financial success."
BANKER - Good prospects for college graduates who majored in business management or related field rather than in more general liberal arts.
BIOCHEMIST - Good outlook through mid-1930s, with growth in demand spurred by effort "to find cures for cancer, heart disease and from public concern with environmental protection."
COMPUTER PROGRAMME - "Employment of programmers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through the mid-1930s as computer usage expands, particularly in medical, educational and data processing services . . ."
DENTISTS, MEDICAL DOCTORS - Very good outlook for both, with demand for dentists even greater than for doctors through mid-1980s.
ECONOMIST - "The number of persons who will graduate with bachelor's degrees in economics through the mid-1980s is likely to exceed available positions," meaning that people with advanced degrees, work experience or specialists in such areas as computers will have edge.
ENGINEER - "Good" outlook through mid-1980s, with energy-related specialities especially salable.
FORESTER - Dim prospects for graduates without either advanced degree or experience.
HISTORIAN - Overcrowded field.
JOURNALIST - Highly competitive, with jobs on large daily newspapers hardest to get. "Weekly or daily, newspapers located in small towns and suburban areas" best bet for begineers.
LAWYER - Overcrowded field, making employers "very selective." Starting own practive looks most favorable in small towns or expanding suburban area.
LIBRARIAN - Demand on decline as lower birth rates of 1960s result in fewer students in elementary schools to serve.
NURSE - Prospects good through 1965.
TEACHER - Overcrowded at elementary, high school and college levels through mid-1980s.
THEATRICAL PERFORMER - "Overcrowding has existed in the acting field for many years and is expected to persist . . ."
ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST - Demand high as "number of ordained priests has been insufficient to fill the needs . . ."
VETERNARIAN - Growing pet population and increased demand for meat to feed growing population continues to make employment prospects bright.