The U.S. Department of Labor has kicked off the first phase of the Career Videos for America's Job Seekers Challenge, which invites members of the public to produce and submit one to three minute videos focusing on the daily activities of one of 15 high-wage and in-demand occupations. The video challenge is intended to result in greater visibility for selected occupations — including energy auditors, computer support specialists, solar thermal installers and nurses — and increased numbers of workers seeking training and placement in those areas.

The creators of the top video in each category will win a $1,000 cash prize. "People need to know what a job looks like and what the work entails before they make the decision to switch careers or enter training that leads to a good job in a new occupation," said Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis in a statement.

Through June 18, members of the public, employer associations, businesses and labor organizations can submit their occupational videos for one of the 15 selected occupations. By July 9, the Labor Department will screen, review and identify the top three career videos in each occupation and post the selected videos online for public review. By Aug. 19, the Labor Department will announce the top ranking videos on key websites, such as http://www.dol.gov and http://careeronestop.org. The results also will be shared with national and intergovernmental organizations, such as the National Association of State Workforce Agencies and the National Association of Workforce Boards.

Review the list of occupations and rules for the video challenge.