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Directory Occupation Search

The Directory Occupations Search generates and displays a list of the occupations recorded in the directories.

How to Use the Occupations Search

The search can be done for any or all of the directory years; select the years you want to include by checking the appropriate checkboxes. If you check the "Show all occupations" checkbox, all occupations in the database will be listed, even if there are no directory records for that occupation in the selected years. If you check the "Show percent change" checkbox, the percent change of the number of records between two directory years will be calculated and displayed. You must select at least two directory years for the percentage to be calculated. If you check the "Break down by city" checkbox, the occupation list will be broken down by city (Victoria and Nanaimo); if the checkbox is not checked, the results for both cities will be combined.

The Search Results List

Any results from your search are displayed in the form of a table. The number of columns that will be displayed depends on the number of directory years you selected, and whether or not the "Show percent change" checkbox is checked.

The data in the table columns can be sorted by clicking the Sort ascending or Sort descending symbol found in each column title. The column that the data is currently sorted on will have one of these symbols in red.

The occupation name is a link. Clicking on an occupation will do an automatic search of the directory data for the selected years, to display all records using that occupation.