Occupational Research Tools
There are some great tools out there to help you find information on careers. To get started with your research, use the career tools below. To dig deeper, look for information through professional organizations, trade publications, and field specific resources.
What can I do with a major in...?
“What Can I Do With A Major In . . . ?” is a resource for students wondering how to connect majors to careers. On the website you can click on majors of interest to review outlines of common career areas, employers, and strategies designed to maximize career opportunities.
BRIDGES - Choices Planner
This on-line system contains a wealth of information about occupations and what majors are related to certain occupations. You can assess and examine your interests, work values, and beliefs about work skills and compare your assessment results with the career information provided. Bridges also allows you to create a career goal plan and maintain everything in your own personal portfolio. Bridges log in instructions.
Use O*Net’s “Skills Search” to help you match skills you’d like to use in your future career. Use the check boxes to select your top skills of interest. Be selective with your choices–choose only those you’d really want to use, rather than choosing a whole bunch. If you choose an excessive amount, you end up with a really huge list of career options that can be pretty general and broad. Picking more carefully will help you get a more limited and interesting list of careers that fit with those specific skills. You can also use O*Net to get more information on the careers in your list, or to research specific careers of interest.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
The U.S. Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics compiles comprehensive info on career fields across industries in the Occupational Outlook Handbook. You can find out about training and education needed, working conditions, what people do on the job, expected job outlook, and typical earning potential.
Just like the name implies, CareerOneStop can be your one-stop portal for career information. This interactive site sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor includes videos, nationwide and regional wage/salary info, employment trends and more.