How do I find information about an occupation I'm interested in?
It is important to research a career before you decide to choose it as your goal. Surveys estimate that 2/3 of adults feel that if they were starting all over again they would try to get more information about their career options first.
Good information and preparation is the key no matter where you are in the career process. Research information from the sites below on job requirements and descriptions, job outlook and trends, education requirements, and employer profiles.
Career Research Information
Occupational Outlook Handbook - The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. The Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.
O*Net Online - The O*NET database includes information on skills, abilities, work activities, and interests associated with occupations. Information in O*NET is available for over 950 occupations.
Career One Stop - This site provides many career tools to help students and job seekers. It is your source for employment information and inspiration, the place to manage your career, and your pathway to career success. It is also a good resource for those changing careers. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Quintcareers.com - One of the best ways to gather career information is by talking to people who have jobs that interest you! Use this site to learn how to conduct an informational interview, including examples of questions to ask.
Salary.com - Provides a salary wizard by job category.
Job Web - Starting salary and job market Information from NACE (National Association of Colleges & Employers)