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Occupational Research

What do we REALLY know about particular careers? Maybe less than we think. Here are some places to consider when researching careers.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
For hundreds of different types of jobs, the OOH tells you the training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job and working conditions.

O*Net OnLine
Find out information such as career tasks, knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs), work activities, work context, work values, etc.

CareerOneStop
Browse occupational titles, employment trends, compare occupations, and even explore Green Careers!

Career Zone
Explore occupations by clusters: Arts and Humanities, Business and Information Systems, Engineering and Technology, Health Services, Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Human and Public Services.

Professional Associations
If you know of a particular career you'd like to explore, Google the job title or field and the word 'association'. ('Accounting Association', for example) Many professional associations' websites will provide great information on that field.

Through these professional associations, you can sometimes find state or local chapter websites. Perhaps you can attend an event they may have coming up. If you can find a professional's name on those sites, it might be a great opportunity to conduct an informational interview.