Step 2: Career Research
Conduct occupational exploration research using multiple sources to find specific information on career pathways.
Table of Contents:
- Step 1: Self- Discovery
- Step 2: Career Research
- Step 3: Design A Career Plan
- Step 4: Experience Your Field
- Step 5: Launch Your Career
Career Research Databases
Over 800 complete occupation descriptions, approximately 1,000 related occupations, and more than 2,000 titles. Eureka includes detailed and clearly written descriptions with distinct topics of information. Hundreds of links to Professional Associations provide information on given careers.
Hundreds of detailed occupation profiles can be easily accessed from Actuary to Zoologist including job descriptions, working conditions, education and training, earnings and job outlook.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Details on education, earning potential, training requirements, and future employment outlook for 200 occupations are presented in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook
Your tool for career exploration and job analysis! O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!
Search, browse or query through over 900 different careers. Read career profiles, job descriptions, educational requirements, and career outlook information. Find out what kind of salary to expect, watch short videos, and even learn about the types of people that typically go into each career.
California Occupational Guides
These occupational analyses include job descriptions, job outlook and wages, and qualification requirements. The detailed guide provides information on licensing, education, training, links to possible employers, how to find a job, related occupations, and links to additional resources.
America's Career InfoNet
Part of CareerOneStop, this offers visitors a variety of tools and resources for career exploration, education information, and even job search instruction. The site features user-friendly occupation and industry information, salary data, career videos, education resources, self-assessment tools, career exploration assistance, and other resources that support career exploration and development in today’s marketplace.
Occupational Outlook Quarterly (OOQ)
The OOQ is published quarterly by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This print and online magazine features articles with practical information on jobs and careers. It covers a wide variety of career and work-related topics, such as new and emerging occupations, training opportunities, salary trends, and results of new studies from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Vault is a resource for career management and job search information, including insider intelligence on specific employers, salaries, hiring practices, and company cultures. The website offers both free and paid subscription content to users who want to research employers, professions, and industries.
Wetfeet offers “insider guides to employers” which consist of interviews with employees of the organization or the employers themselves. The guides offer good insights into the company’s culture, interview process, and career development possibilities. Wetfeet allows all users to view extensive employer, career, and industry profiles.
Salary Research Databases
All users will appreciate the easy-to-find and easy-to-understand wage and salary information found here. Try the “For Occupations” search to quickly find national-level wage data for hundreds of occupations, data which can then be focused on a specific state or metropolitan region. All of the wage data is provided by the Occupational Employment Statistics program of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, but most users will find this a much more friendly form.
Occupational Employment Statistics (OES)
This BLS program produces employment and wage estimates for more than 800 occupations. These are estimates of the number of people employed in certain occupations, and estimates of the wages paid to them. These estimates are available for the nation as a whole, for individual states, and for metropolitan areas; national occupational estimates for specific industries are also available.
This site offers users free access to more than just salary data. Salary.com gives users information on total compensation. The Salary Wizard allows users to search for base, median, and top-level earnings in hundreds of jobs in many occupational areas; many of these projections are local as well as national.