& Career Planning
Job Projections & Outlook
The Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012–13 Edition
helps you find
career and educational and training requirements by occupation, provides indepth information by profession, and also
information by state. The Dictionary
of Occupational Titles Index is an alphabetical index
to the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT).
O*Net (The Occupational Information Network Resource
Center) helps you find occupations by keyword or job category.
CareerOneStop provides information on employment trends, salary information, and education and training needed. State
Occupational Projections also assists in making informed
career decisions with information on projected employment
growth by occupation and state.
Employment Statistics reports employment and wage
estimates for more than 800 occupations.
Information is available for individual states or the
nation as a whole. Salary
Expert is a free comprehensive salary site offering
salary, benefits, and cost-of-living information. Find
salaries quickly by selecting job title and zip code.
If your profession requires licensing,
State Education Agencies is a good place to start.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
10 Fastest Growing
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Career Planning & Development
Choosing a major involves several aspects. Job outlook
and potential salary are important issues, but look
for a career you will truly enjoy and that fits your
life goals. My
Road from The College Board Career Center offers
a validated personality assessment with a detailed report
on personality types. You can explore a list of suggested
careers and majors that fit your personality and strengths.
For additional help, see Choosing
a Major and 5
Steps to Achieving Maximum Benefit from Your Degree.
Personality Testing and Assessment
Several personality tests are available for those entering
the job market or career changers. The
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI)
is available online and is the unofficial version of this well known personality inventory. It will take about 30 miniutes to complete the questionaire and receive an evaluation. PersonalityType
is the shortest version and will provide the most popular
career choices (Humanmetrics
is the more comprehensive and personalized version).
You can order the official
version of the Myers-Briggs Indicator in printed
form but it needs to be administered and evaluated by
a trained professional. You often can take the Myers-Brigg
assessment through your college or university counseling
Two other personality tests are available. The
Kiersey Temperament Sorter is similar in results
to the Myers-Briggs as an indicator of temperament.
Strong Interest Inventory® provides
a profile that identifies personal characteristics,
and assists in the career exploration process.
Resumes and Portfolio Preparation
If you need to prepare a resume, Write
Your Resume the Easy Way is clear, four step guideline
to writing an interview winner. The
Accomplishments Portfolio will help you develop
a portfolio demonstrating your skills and experience.
As candidates today no longer rely on a traditional
Put Your Resume on the Web will help increase employability
with an electronic resume.