Occupational Information

America’s Career InfoNet

This service, part of America’s Career Kit sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, provides information on hundreds of occupations and requirements for entry. The Career Information section shows wage and trend reports, occupational requirement, and much more. The Career Tools section helps users check employability, explore occupations, look for employers and review occupational licensing information for various states. There is also a financial aid advisor designed to suggest ways to pay for the training or education necessary or desired in order to move to the next step in a career path.

Career Exploration Links

Career Exploration Links is a collection of more than 800 links to career information resources found on the Internet. Users can browse the information by category or search for a specific subject by keyword. The Counseling and Psychological Services Department of the University Health Services at the University of California–Berkeley provides this resource.

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. It is a way to find out who is needed by various industries and assess a lateral move from one industry to another. Like the OOH and the OOQ, this guide comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Career Guides from JobStar

This site is one of the most comprehensive collections of career information, including career assessment, where to look to find trends, career guides in libraries and links to descriptive information for hundreds of occupational fields. Other sections of this website cover job information and salaries.

Myfuture: Australia’s Career Information Service

A joint product of commonwealth, state and territory governments, myfuture is a wonderful career and occupational guide. Individual users can customize the site to help them explore occupations and plan their career, but users can also review the facts of this site, browsing information on careers, work and employment, education and training, funding and support services. Under the heading of “Assist Others” are resources to help groups like parents or teachers help children and adolescents with their career planning. The site is also searchable.

O*NET Online

O*NET OnLine was created to provide broad access to the O*NET database of occupational information, which includes information on skills, abilities, work activities and interests associated with occupations. O*NET includes information for more than 950 occupations, and the occupational titles and codes are based on the 1999 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system. Users can search for occupations by title or keyword in the description or browse by job family. The Skill Search allows the user to find occupations that match a list of current or soon-to-be-acquired skills. Users can also compare up to ten related occupations to one selected from the list. This is a powerful tool, and it is recommended that counselors become familiar with it before recommending it to clients. Several new search and browse capabilities have been added in the past year, including a new Browse by Job Zone feature. This allows users to find O*NET occupations based on the amount of preparation necessary for a successful job performance, from “little or no preparation” to “extensive preparation.”

The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)

This is the current edition of the printed guide produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Users can search the handbook using keywords to find where their interests fit in the top 250 occupations in the United States. Users can also browse occupational families, look for options, plan career paths or see all occupations in alphabetical order by using the letters at the top of the front page. The OOH also includes well-written articles on how to find a job, evaluate a job offer and locate career information. It includes predictions about tomorrow’s jobs and links to related information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Occupational Outlook Quarterly (OOQ)

Published quarterly by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this magazine features articles with practical information on jobs and careers. It covers a wide variety of career and work-related topics such as new and emerging occupations, training opportunities, salary trends and results of new studies from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Articles are usually presented in HTML and PDF formats, the latter requiring the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and/or print them. Past articles are also accessible by selecting either the topic-oriented Index or the individual issue Archive from the lefthand menu.

Virginia Career VIEW (Vital Information for Education and Work)

This is a source for career and education information in the Commonwealth of Virginia with sections focused on Students, Parents, Educators, and Job Seekers. Users can quickly find information on various careers either by Career Cluster or by selecting a specific career that interests them. You can also learn about schools in Virginia or other areas of the United States that offer particular education or degree programs. There is a written analysis for each occupation that includes required educational level, skills, earnings and employment outlook, along with a set of statistical tables covering wages and outlook at the state, regional and national levels. This tool is not just for Virginians.

The following are good sites dedicated to providing information about a specific industry or occupational field. The sites are listed alphabetically by occupation or industry.

  1. Advertising/Visual Communications

    Commarts.com (Communication Arts) Networkhttp://www.commarts.com/

  2. Agriculture

    AgCareers from Farms.comhttp://www.agcareers.com/

  3. Anthropology

    American Anthropological Associationhttp://www.aaanet.org/

  4. Architecture

    American Institute of Architectshttp://www.aia.org/index.htm

  5. Astronomy

    American Astronomical Society (AAS) Career Serviceshttp://aas.org/

  6. Automotive Engineering

    The Society of Automotive Engineershttp://www.sae.org/

  7. Broadcasting & Journalism

    Editor & Publisher Onlinehttp://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/index.jsp

  8. Business, Accounting, & Finance

    AICPA Online, American Institute for Certified Public Accountants http://www.aicpa.org/

    Association for Finance Professionalshttp://www.afponline.org/

  9. Cartooning

    National Cartoonists Society http://www.reuben.org/

  10. Chemistry

    American Chemical Society ACS Careershttp://portal.acs.org/portal/PublicWebSite/careers/index.htm

  11. Chimney Sweep

    National Chimney Sweep Guild http://www.ncsg.org/

  12. Civil Engineering

    American Society of Civil Engineershttp://www.asce.org/

  13. Computing & Technology

    Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)http://computingcareers.acm.org/

    ComputerWorld http://www.computerworld.com/

  14. Convention & Meeting Management

    Professional Convention Management Associationhttp://www.pcma.org/

  15. Counseling

    American Counseling Associationhttp://www.counseling.org/

  16. Culinary

    American Culinary Federationhttp://www.acfchefs.org/

  17. Dance

    Voice of Dancehttp://www.voiceofdance.com/v1/index.cfm

  18. Dentistry

    American Dental Association http://www.ada.org/

  19. Development/Fund Raising

    Chronicle of Philanthropyhttp://philanthropy.com/section/Home/172

  20. Economics

    American Economic Association Job Openings for Economists (JOE) http://www.aeaweb.org/joe/

  21. Education

    Chronicle of Higher Educationhttp://www.chronicle.com

    Troops to Teachershttp://www.dantes.doded.mil/dantes_web/troopstoteachers/index.asp

  22. Engineering

    National Society of Professional Engineershttp://www.nspe.org/index.html

  23. Entomology

    Entomological Society of Americahttp://www.entsoc.org/

  24. Facility Engineering/Plant Maintenance

    FacilitiesNet http://www.facilitiesnet.com/

  25. Fire Prevention and Protection

    National Fire Protection Associationhttp://www.nfpa.org/index.asp?cookie%5Ftest=1

  26. Forensics

    American Academy of Forensic Scienceshttp://www.aafs.org/

  27. Funeral Directors

    National Funeral Directors Associationhttp://www.nfda.org/

  28. Government

    USAJobs, U.S. Office of Personnel Managementhttp://www.usajobs.opm.gov/

  29. Hospitality

    Hospitality http://whatsnext4me.com/

  30. Human Resources/Training & Development

    American Society for Training and Developmenthttp://www.astd.org/

    Society for Human Resource Managementhttp://www.shrm.org/

  31. Industrial Design

    Core77 Design Magazine and Resourcehttp://www.core77.com/

  32. Languages

    Linguist List http://linguistlist.org/index.cfm

  33. Law Enforcement/Emergency Services

    Emergency Services http://www.911hotjobs.com/

  34. Legal/Paralegal

    FindLaw Career Center http://www.careers.findlaw.com

    Hieros Gamos Worldwide Legal Directorieshttp://www.hg.org/

    The National Federation of Paralegal Associationshttp://www.paralegals.org/

  35. Library & Information Science

    Lisjobs.com http://www.lisjobs.com/

  36. Mariners/Seafarers

    The Seafarers International Unionhttp://www.seafarers.org/

  37. Massage Therapy

    American Massage Therapy Associationhttp://www.amtamassage.org/

  38. Mathematics

    American Mathematical Society http://www.ams.org/

  39. Mechanical Engineering

    ASME, the American Society of Mechanical Engineershttp://www.asme.org/

  40. Meteorology

    American Meteorological Societyhttp://www.ametsoc.org

  41. Mining

    InfoMine http://www.infomine.com/

  42. Museum and Art Exhibit Management

    The Art Newspaper http://www.theartnewspaper.com/

  43. Musical Instrument Repair

    National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicianshttp://www.napbirt.org/mc/page.do;jsessionid=C4138EC56BD0ED2D91001C7187BF13F0.mc0?sitePageId=52481

  44. Nonprofit


  45. Nurse-Midwife

    MidwifeJobs.com from the American College of Nurse-Midwiveshttp://www.healthecareers.com/site_templates/acnm/index.asp?aff=acnm&spld=acnm

  46. Occupational/Environmental Health & Safety

    American Industrial Hygiene Associationhttp://www.aiha.org/Pages/default.aspx

  47. Outdoor Activities

    CoolWorks http://www.coolworks.com/

    Cyber-Sierra’s Natural Resources Job Searchhttp://www.cyber-sierra.com/nrjobs/

  48. Pharmaceutical

    InPharm.com http://www.inpharm.com/

  49. Photography

    National Press Photographers Associationhttp://www.nppa.org/

  50. Physics

    American Institute of Physics http://www.aip.org/

  51. Psychology

    The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology http://www.siop.org/

  52. Public Health

    Career Action Center, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory Universityhttp://www.sph.emory.edu/studentservice/Career.html

  53. Public Relations

    Public Relations Society of Americahttp://www.prsa.org/

  54. Publishing

    Publishers Weekly http://www.publishersweekly.com/

  55. Purchasing & Supply Management

    Institute for Supply Management http://www.ism.ws/

  56. Science

    Science Careers http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/

  57. Social Work/Social Services

    NASW, the National Association of Social Workershttp://www.naswdc.org/

    Social Work and Social Services Jobs Onlinehttp://gwbweb.wustl.edu/CareerDevelopment/JobsOnline/Pages/Overview.aspx

  58. Theater


  59. Urban Planning

    American Planning Associationhttp://www.planning.org/

  60. Verbatim (Court) Reporters, Broadcast Captioning

    National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) Onlinehttp://www.ncraonline.org/

  61. Veterinary Medicine

    Association of American Veterinary Medical Collegeshttp://www.aavmc.org/

  62. Zoos and Aquariums

    Association of Zoos and Aquariumshttp://www.aza.org/