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Career Research

 

Exploring Careers

 

Vault: Jobs Guides
Access: UCI
Over 125 eBooks covering nearly all industries (from A to Z) featuring Wikipedia-like entries for dozens of jobs within each industry, for approximately 5,000 job entries total.  Entries emphasize preparing for a career and getting your foot in the door, including:

  • what the job entails
  • education and licensure requirements
  • work environment
  • tips for entry
  • professional associations 

 

BLS: Occupational Outlook Handbook
Access: Public
Geography: US

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. The BLS OOH has career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.


BLS: Career Outlook
Access: Public
Geography: US

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Career Outlook articles provide data and information on a variety of topics, including occupations and industries, pay and benefits, and more. These articles are helpful for students, career counselors, jobseekers, and others planning careers.


CareerOneStop
Access: Public
Geography: US

From the U.S. Department of Labor.  Learn about careers, find career info, and locate career resources and advice.


O*NET OnLine
Access: Public
Geography: US

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration. The O*NET database includes information on skills, abilities, knowledges, work activities, and interests associated with over 900 occupations.

 

Pro Tip: Salaries

Employers rarely disclose specific salaries, so finding salary data can be difficult.  There is no federal law requiring employers to disclose salary data, and state laws vary.  In addition to visiting commercial websites like Glassdoor and Payscale, try state-focused compensation databases, which might be managed either by state-sponsored institutions, or non-profit institutions, e.g. Government Compensation in California.

  • Search for roles that match you interests (keep in mind that the database may use abbreviations, e.g. engr for engineer).