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Exploring Careers

There are numerous resources available to students and adults who want to find out more about potential careers.  The resources below help people explore careers related to their interests, and see which fields are growing.

Apprenticeship Programs
Comprehensive online resource on registered apprenticeship programs nationwide.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

America's Career InfoNet
Online resource to help people make better, more informed career decisions. Includes information on wages and employment trends across occupations and industries; education, knowledge, skills and abilities required for most occupations; employers nationwide; cost of living data; state profiles with labor market conditions; and more than 4,000 external links to additional career resources.

America's Job Bank (AJB)
Web site with one of the largest and busiest job banks on the Internet. Job seekers can post their resumes, search for job openings, and find their dream job. Employers can post job listings in the nation's largest online labor exchange, create customized job orders, and search resumes automatically to find the right people fast.

America's Service Locator (ASL)
Web site where individuals can search for their local career one-stop office or other public service office with information on employment and training. Includes map and driving directions.

Career Decision Making Tool
Online tool for teachers, counselors, and parents to help their students or children in identifying an appropriate career direction and developing an educational plan that will provide the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in that field.

Career Info Net
Resource for graduating high school students and returning college students who need help choosing a degree or career path, exploring occupations, learning about colleges and Post-Secondary training options and other issues relating to higher Post-Secondary education.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Career Voyages
Web site for students, parents, career changers, and career advisors on 15 current and emerging industries.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Web site with job descriptions, salary and employer information, an online career fair and job search tools.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Nationally recognized resource on occupations. Includes information on the training and education needed for specific jobs, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job and working conditions.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

O*NET Resource Center
Comprehensive information source on occupations, with helpful descriptions and other data by job title.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics