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Career Research

Career Research Resources

Before you choose a career or start a job search, find out which careers match your personality. This will increase your chances of job satisfaction and career success.

ISEEK and O*Net are both very good online resources that will help you determine your career interest/personality.  

 

ISEEK has a good online interest assessment with relatively few questions. The following link will explain information about interest assessments and also gives pretty clear details about Holland codes.    http://www.iseek.org/careers/interestassessment.html 

 

Then, you can take an online interest assessment at the following link:

  http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/sPages/interestAssessment.cfm 

 

OR check out http://www.mynextmove.org/ - this is part of O*Net and has been recommended as a good source for "finding out what you want to do". 

 

Once you get your results, you can explore various careers within your interest profile.  Also, visit https://www.onetonline.org/find/descriptor/browse/Interests/ to find more information on careers according to your interest code.  Within that website, if you mouse-over the "Advanced Search" tab, you can find more ways to narrow down your search.

 

Below is another list of sites that you can access to research careers. 

College Foundation North Carolina  www.cfnc.org

You can research careers on this site by opening the link for “Plan” (in orange near the top) and choosing “Plan for a Career”, “Explore Careers.”  Use the search box to find a career or search via Career Clusters. This site also allows you to create your own login. Once created, you can complete career assessments which will assist you in determining which careers are best suited to your interests, personality, and talents.

 

O*NET Resource Center  www.onetonline.org

Search for information about careers via the “Occupation Search” box, or find occupations via the “Find Occupations” drop down menu which includes choices for occupations with a bright outlook, related to the green economy, related to STEM, as well as other options.

 

Occupational Outlook Handbook   www.bls.gov/oco/ 

This is one of the best resources available. It is developed by the U.S. Government and includes many career choices. There are many ways to search careers. The simplest is to use the box labeled “Search Handbook” near the top right hand side by typing in the name of the career you wish to read about. But you can also find careers via the links in the white box in the center of the page entitled “Select Occupations By” which includes options such as highest growth rate, median pay, highest paying, etc.