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Learn About Careers

There are many ways to identify occupations that fit your personal profile: reading about them, researching them on the Internet, using self-assessment instruments, talking with professionals in the field, and attending company presentations on campus. To make sure you have the most accurate picture of a career and/or occupation, it's best to use multiple methods to gather information.

These web sites present different strategies that you can use to gather information about occupational fields in order to make informed decisions.

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook - Learn about hundreds of different types of jobs including the training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job, and working conditions. Use the “A-Z Index” in the shaded paragraph to go directly to an alphabetical index of occupations.
  • O*Net - Search for occupations based on your skills or simply explore different occupations based on different features.
  • One Day One Job - Great site that will help you learn about careers and find job and internship postings. Every day we’ll introduce you to an awesome new company or non-profit. We’ll tell you what they do, who they are, why they’re interesting, and what kind of entry level jobs and internships they offer.
  • Department of Labor Career Guide to Industries - Provides information on available careers by industry, including the nature of the industry, working conditions, employment, occupations in the industry, training and advancement, earnings and benefits, employment outlook, and lists of organizations that can provide additional information.

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