There are a number of freely available websites to consider using for this particular assignment. Following are a few suggestions:
Current events: http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0005971.html -- Look here for information about what is going on around the nation and the world these days.
National Bureau of Economic Research: http://www.nber.org/ NBER has long tracked business cycles—look under the tab ‘data’ and at the links at the bottom of the page to find other relevant information.
Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/ -- If there are statistics about employment, labor, pay levels or occupations, it is probably noted on this site.
Magportal.com: http://www.magportal.com/ --Note the link ‘Business’ -- This link leads to a section of magazine articles about future trends in business.
Occupational Outlook Handbook: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/ -- See also the "frequently asked questions" section
O*Net Online: https://www.onetonline.org -- The National Center for O*NET Development produces this website with the partnership of US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) through a grant to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
Putting Your Major to Work: Career Paths After College (interactive): http://www.hamiltonproject.org/charts/median_earnings_for_largest_occupations Brookings, The Hamilton Project
Condition of Education: http://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/ -- See Economic Outcomes - "Employment Outcomes of Bachelor's Degree Recipients"
Digest of Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/index.asp -- See Table 318.30 Bachelor's, master's, and doctor's degrees conferred by postsecondary institutions, by sex of student and discipline division
Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com/ -- Try an advanced search using the exact phrase “future of business.”
Yahoo! Finance: http://finance.yahoo.com/ -- Search the News section, and note the various news providers listed on the left.
Economic Report of the President -- https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=ERP-- Information about the current economic environment, from credit to energy production to taxation, is contained herein. This is a lengthy item, so explore it carefully.
Statistical Abstract of the United States ( -2012)-- https://www.census.gov/library/publications/time-series/statistical_abstracts.html
The US Census Bureau can be found at: http://www.census.gov/. In particular, note the
TheNote to the Subjects A-Z link and the search box. You can use such terms as income, earnings, states, cities, and regions.
US Census Bureau also has specialized data visualization tools such as the Business Dynamics Statistics: Interactive Thematic Map http://thedataweb.rm.census.gov/TheDataWeb_HotReport2/bds/bds.hrml
Michigan State University/GlobalEdge: http://globaledge.msu.edu/
Why a link to an international business site? Please take a look at the Global Insights tab and note information about States and Industries!
KU Career Centers:
Business School: http://www.business.ku.edu/undergrads#
Note the link to Employment and Salary Statistics