Researching Career Options

Choosing a Career

"You've got to find what you love...Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do."

Stanford University Commencement Address
Delivered by Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple Computer
June 12, 2005

Exploring and Researching Careers

There are many online resources to discover your passion and your educational path to create the career YOU want. Begin with general research to learn more about careers that interest you. Pay special attention to hiring trends, pay scales, educational requirements, and overall job satisfaction.


  • Occupational Outlook Handbook is available online or as a print resource in the Reference Section of the library. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics produces the handbook every two years. It is considered one of the best-known and most comprehensive books on occupations. Job descriptions provide information on the nature of the work, working conditions, links to related occupations, employment statistics, training, education, advancement potential earnings, and more.
  • CareerOneStop is a website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. Users can create a personal career profile that includes a job description, wage information, employment trends, education & skills requirements, and much more.
  • Careers Internet Database - Take a Career Test, Create a Career Report, and Learn about Educational Requirements for various careers. The Careers Internet Database is created by the Institute For Career Research, which regularly issues new comprehensive reports of promising career fields for the 21st Century based on the most up-to-date information from our nationwide research network.
  • Career Profile - Browse careers, search alphabetically, or search by category. Read about a day in the life of a professional working in a particular career, learn what the educational requirements are, and examine what can be expected in the future for the field (from Princeton Review, the national test preparation company).
  • Reality Check - Find the annual salary for a wide range of occupations. Choose the city you want to live in and calculate the average monthly expenses - see how much money will be left for you to put into savings.
  • Labor Market Information LMI/Research and Statistics Section is the official source for all employment-related data for the state, the metropolitan areas, and the individual counties. The section works directly with the U. S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics to gather core labor market data that are comparable to information gathered nationwide.
  • Career Planning - has daily information about careers and the job search including links to many useful career research sites.
  • WetFeet- for advice, research, and inspiration you need to plan and achieve a successful career.
  • O'NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!