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Where to Locate Career Information

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The LCC Library offers a variety of resources for career research. Below is a list of possible choices which offer descriptions of a career, the education required, how to advance, salaries and job outlook:

Written Resources:

"Best Jobs of the 21st Century"

-- This publication offers short descriptions of 686 jobs in demand. The quick reference covers the salary, job outlook, knowledge and skills required to do the job. It is not only useful for discovering new careers emerging, but useful to career changers who want to know about transferable skills and knowledge which could be applicable to other jobs.

"Career Encyclopedias"

-- The volumes in this set offers national career information relating to specific occupations and occupational fields, such as computer, health-care, transportation, marketing and finance.

"Biographical Indexes"

-- This series of notebooks offer a more personal explanation of the benefits of a career based upon interviews of people in various jobs. The information includes a description of the job, the related academic majors, a description of the personality type needed for the career and a career path given of the interviewee.

"Occupational Outlook Handbook"

-- This resource offers national based information based upon the career research conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor. Career information is provided on 250 of the most popular jobs in the United States.

Career Planning Websites:

Labor Market Information for the State of Michigan -- Useful information for career planning, including:

  • Fastest-growing local occupations.
  • Occupations with the largest number of annual job openings.
  • High-growth occupations for various educational levels.

Occupational Outlook Handbook -- This site is based upon the latest research from the U.S. Department of Labor. Specific careers are organized in several ways: 1) into occupational clusters, 2) an index for locating careers alphabetically is linked, or 3) an OOH key word search link can be used for specific skills you want to use, such as teaching or specific populations, such as children. It also provides employment projections of the fastest growing occupations.

Career Guide to Industries -- The Career Guide to Industries provides information on available careers by industry, including the nature of the industry, working conditions, employment, occupations in the industry, training and advancement, earnings and benefits, employment outlook, and lists of organizations that can provide additional information. This edition of the Career Guide discusses over 42 industries, accounting for over 7 out of every 10 wage and salary jobs in 2000.

America's Career Info-net: Resource Library -- This site has a link resource library for Occupational Information with 1) Career Information, 2) 300 Career Videos, 3) Explore by Occupations and 4) Local, State and National Career and Labor Market Information. On the home page you may also find national and state economic market conditions on occupations that are the fastest growing, highest paying and requiring a work experience, post-secondary training, associates or bachelor's degrees. The State Information tab well provide you with the latest Michigan figures, employers and licensing information. The Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Michigan Career Department of Career Development provide the statistics.

How To Become Any Career -- Find information about how to become hundreds of careers including education requirements, job descriptions, salary info, and future career paths.

California Labor Market Information: Occupational Guides -- This site is very helpful if you are looking for careers in certain interest areas for a career transition. These include art, science, plants and animals, technical, construction, skilled trades, repair, food preparation, industrial, office, selling, social service, medical and professional/managerial. There is also an alphabetical listing and a guide to unique emerging careers. Job outlook, task description, salaries and educational requirements are included from the State of California's Employment Development Department.

Career Bytes -- This site is prepared by Headhunter.net and discusses current trends in career search, with such articles as multiple resume sending and trends in technology, human resources and sales/marketing.

Career Services: What do with this Major? -- This website shows hundreds of jobs related to the most popular college majors. This information is provided by Bridgewater State College.

Careers On-line Connect: Job Descriptions Index -- This international site houses over 1,000 careers from the Commonwealth of Australia and the U.S. Department of Labor. Not only is a keyword search provided, but career clusters in agriculture, business, community service, computer and information technology, creative and performing arts, education, hospital and medical, sales and marketing, science and technology, technical and manual and tourism.

College Source On-line.Com -- This website allows you to search for community colleges and universities.

Exploring Occupations: Getting You Started on a Career Path -- More than one hundred careers are represented by the University of Manitoba in Canada. Each link provides several related websites representing professional associations.

Major Resource Kits -- This site links various academic majors to career alternatives by providing information on career paths, possible employers, job titles and professional associations. This information is provided by the University of Delaware Morris Library.

O*NET On-Line -- This site will help you find occupations related to specific skills. It also provides a snapshot of the occupation including the characteristic values, abilities and interests of the worker. It describes the worker's requirements relating to skills knowledge and educational programs involved in the job. One very helpful feature is the job classification crosswalk or cross-reference with the DOT (Dictionary of Occupational Titles) and SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) occupations, which will give you related occupations and definition.

Career Link

Social Work Licensure Requirements -- This site provides information on types of social work careers, accredited degree programs and certification and licensure requirements by state. Be sure to also review the most up-to-date information on state websites providing certification and licensure requirements. Go to: http://www.michigan.gov/laraType Social Work into the search box to bring up the relevant link.

Don't forget to print the references you need.

4-Step Career Planning Model

Self Assessment

Career Information

Integration and Decision-making

Planning and Action

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