Occupational Research

Gathering information about different occupations will help you discover whether a particular career is right for you. Using your self assessment results as your guide, take time to learn about a variety of occupations including the job duties, employment outlook, salaries, and educational and training requirements associated with each occupation. 

CareerOneStop -  Your source for career exploration, training & jobs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

CareerOneStop Career Videos - Explore a collection of videos on hundreds of different careers. Videos include career details such as tasks, work settings, and education needed.

Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook - Find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations. 

O*Net Online - Review detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!

Occupational Research Handout - Utilize this handout to assist you in compiling occupational and industry information.

TALENTDESK - TALENTDESK uses US Census Data to report which careers people choose based on their educational backgrounds and how much they earn in those positions. All data is reported for bachelor's degrees. National earnings data and job growth projections are collected from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Industry Research

Industries are defined by the processes used to produce goods and services. The types of industries in the US economy range widely - from educational services to finance and insurance. Lack of industry knowledge can add to the challenge of determining which direction is best for you.

Industry Research Tool - Offered by a division of First Research and Hoover's Inc., this tool provides hundreds of industry profiles, covering over 1000 industry segments. Profiles include in-depth national and international information, creating a comprehensive suite of data that is continuously updated.

Industry Information - CareerBeam offers creative ways to learn about industries and online exercises to assist you in narrowing your industry options while ensuring that your selections are a good fit.

Business Information Resources - This easy to search database contains information on industry associations, magazines/journals, newsletters, trade shows, directories and web sites.