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How to Research Occupations

When it comes to searching for occupation and career information there are a number of different resources to use.  If you've never done occupational research before, try out the three sites below to get you started.  They offer wide ranging information from future growth prospects to salaries to typical workplace environments.

O*Net Online:

O*Net is a comprehensive career exploration and job analysis tool.  Users can search the database using a variety of criteria such as skills and traits the candidate would traditionally need to succeed in an industry.  You can also search using a more direct approach with keywords and industry names.  There are eight different means of searching including occupations divided by Job Zone, Industry, Career Cluster, STEM Discipline and Green Economy Sector.  It is a wide-ranging resource where general industry and career information can be researched for your career decision-making.


CareerOneStop is a total training center focused not only on career information but also training for the skills necessary to conduct a job search.  Contained within this all-in-one site are assessment tools to match your interests with a career field, employer search engines to locate employers, guides to résumé and cover letter writing, and salary and benefit information.  There are links to associated career centers where job seekers can get advice and links to other pertinent job boards nationwide.  The site is actually sponsored and partly run by the U.S. Department of Labor ensuring that it is kept up with current information.

U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook:

The sites above, and many other career sites, base many of their career projections largely on the information contained in this massive database.  Information on virtually every profession that exists in the United States can be found within this handbook.  While it does not identify specific potential employers like CareerOneStop search engines do, and it doesn't spend quite as much time on necessary worker skills like O*Net, this site makes up for it in sheer volume of career occupations and information.  If you want projections and national averages for salaries this would be an excellent first in your research.

All of these sites have similar, but different, information and a different style of presenting it.  If none of these sites help in your search for occupational research, please contact the office to make an appointment.  While these are three of the biggest and most comprehensive sites available on the web, there are certainly others that may work better with your individual style of research and learning.  We are happy to discuss other resources and opportunities with you.  Please make an appointment with a Career Advisor.  We look forward to meeting with you.