Occupational Exploration Web Resources

The following websites will be helpful to those wishing to explore various occupations.  For additional resources,
please consult a NVC Reference Librarian.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives.   It includes information on hundreds of different jobs including the training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job and working conditions.

O'net Online  (Occupational Information Network):
The O*NET system serves as the nation's primary source of occupational information, providing comprehensive information on key attributes and characteristics of workers and occupations. The O*NET database houses this data and O*NET OnLine provides easy access to that information.  Online's new Browse by Career Cluster allows users to find occupations in the same field of work that require similar skills.  Students, parents, and educators can use Career Clusters to help focus education plans towards obtaining the necessary knowledge, competencies, and training for success in a particular career pathway.

America's Career Infonet:
An excellent site to explore careers, browse occupations, learn salary and benefit information, as well as determine the education and training required for hundreds of jobs.  Career videos allow users to watch real people doing real work.  The site also includes labor market information to locate occupations and industries projected to grow the fastest.

LaborMarketInfo Career Center:
The California Employment Development Department has created a comprehensive site to help Californians explore careers and the world of work.

JobStar:  Job Search Guide:
"Job seekers need current, reliable, LOCAL information to find job openings, community services, company background and job search advice.  Bay Area Library & Information System (BALIS), a regional library agency serving public libraries in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco Counties, is the organization responsible for JobStar. JobStar began as JobSmart, a federally funded project to serve Northern California.  It was launched as the San Francisco Bay Area Job Search Guide on April 17, 1996 and underwent a name change to JobStar in 1999."

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Last updated:  February, 2010                                                                Questions & Comments: Nancy McEnery