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Career Research

Making decisions about what career field to pursue (and which major will best prepare you) involves these steps:

1. Know Yourself

2. Research Academic Majors

3. Research Careers

4. Get Experience & Make a Plan

 

Research Careers

In order to order to decide whether a career is right for you, you have to learn more about it. Career research means learning about the work you would do, the education, skills and training required for the job, typical salary and benefits, types of employers, and the job outlook for that profession. Use some of the links below to learn more about careers that interest you.

 

Learn More About Careers
Ferguson's Career Guidance Center
  Click on "Job Profiles" or use the search function to access detailed information on thousands of jobs. Only available from Manchester University computers or those remotely logged into the Manchester network.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
  Excellent starting point to get basic information on hundreds of job titles
O*Net
  Department of Labor source of updated occupational information and labor market research. Interactive skills-based database to describe worker attributes.
InsideJobs
  Explore thousands of jobs through career families or "discover" new career paths related to your current career interests.
Job Star Guides for Specific Careers
  Informational guides about several career industries
Career One Stop
  Find wage & employment trends, occupational requirements, state-by-state labor market conditions, millions of employer contacts, & the most extensive career resource library online
Vocational Information Center
  Provides profiles on hundreds of jobs, categorized by industry
Federal Employment Options for Majors
  A great search for Federal jobs specified around your type of major
OCS Career Library - located in the Success Center
  An excellent, ever-growing compilation of resources containing occupational information, career and job exploration resources, graduate school resources, and occupational assessment tests
Online Search
  Search the web for information on any career using Yahoo or Google. You will often locate professional organizations and other excellent sources of up-to-date information.
OCS Salary Guide
  Research salary variations based on job, industry, location and level of experience
Top Ten Myths about Working for Nonprofit Organizations
  Think you know all about nonprofit work? Check out this guide.

 

 

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