Exploring Career Options

Gathering accurate information about specific careers is the next step in the decision process. Career websites can help you narrow down your career selections by providing information about: work activities, national and state-based salaries, job outlook, required skills, and educational requirements.

Use this document to record your research on careers.

The internet provides a number of resources to assist you in your career exploration and job search. Check out the following:

America's Career InfoNet

This website is a resource to find wages & employment trends, occupational requirements, state labor trends and has an extensive online career resource library.

Career Cruising

A comprehensive career guidance system that provides information on assessments, careers, education, and employment. Enter your Valley Id (using a capital V) to begin researching career information.

Candid Careers

Learn from the experiences of industry professionals by browsing over 500 career related videos.

Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics an agency within the U.S. Department of Labor publishes the Occupational Outlook Handbook. It is a nationally recognized source of career information that describes working duties and activities, working conditions, required education or training needed, earnings, and job outlook.

Occupational Information Network O*NET Online

The O*NET program is the nation's primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. The database is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation. Information from this freely available database forms the heart of O*NET OnLine, the interactive application for exploring and searching occupations. The database also provides the basis for our Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers.

Thomson Peterson's

This website provides information on colleges & universities, and graduate programs. It is an educational resource that has databases and interactive tools for U.S. accredited institutions and programs.