Do your research.  Explore Careers.

Knowing your career options is an important part of the career decision-making process.  Utilize resources to research career descriptions, work environments, salaries, etc.
  • – can help you find out what your interests are, how they relate to the world of work, and what kinds of careers you might want to explore.
  • O-net – Occupational Information Network online.  Research occupations by keyword, skills, growth industry, and more.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook – provides detailed information about hundreds of occupations. such as information about the nature of the work, typical working conditions, requirements for entry and opportunities for advancement, employment of salaried and self-employed workers, earnings, related occupations, and sources of additional information.
  • Job Seekers Salary Calculator  – by state, region, education, experience, and more. Offered by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
  • PayScale Salary Survey – find out what your skills and experience are worth.
  • Cost of Living Comparison Calculator – if you’re planning to relocate.
Learn about the employment outlook and earning potential for different fields and locations through labor market data.
Review job boards such as for current job listings in your field of interest.  Learn what skills employers are looking for in candidates.
Test-drive your career and build a resume with a part-time job, internship, or volunteer work in your field.