Career Exploration

Internet Sources for Careers

Occupational Outlook Handbook -
The standard source for job information is also available on the Web. It is searchable and has the same information as the printed version.
America's Career Info Net (ACInet) -
An excellent information source from the Department of Labor. Click on Wages and Trends to link to a search page where you can type in an occupation name or search through pull-down lists. Choose a state. The resulting reports will include both national information and that for your chosen state. Rankings for all states are available. Links take you to other types of occupational information, such as skills, education needed, industry trends, and other information on the Web. Includes RealPlayer video descriptions of jobs.
Occupational Information Center (Oregon Labor Market Information System) -
Career information tailored to the state of Oregon. Type in a job title or browse job titles by category to find information on occupations, including job description, wages, outlook, skills, current job openings, educational requirements, sources of training, and links to occupations with similar skills. The parent site, OLMIS, also has lots of additional information on careers, employment, and industry outlook in Oregon. Links to labor market information for other states may be found at ACInet.
Princeton Review Career Page -
This page allows you to search for detailed information on a variety of careers. Gives more personal information than the sites above, and lets the reader know what to expect in the course of a career.
O*NET OnLine -
The official U.S. government system of job titles and descriptions can be accessed here. Look up jobs by words in the title, by words in the description, by Standard Occupational Classification number, or by DOT number. Gives titles descriptions, skills, tasks, and demands for each job.
Dictionary of Occupational Titles -
If you need or wish to refer to the DOT, here it is in an online version.

Printed Sources

The call numbers given below are from Chemeketa Community College Library, but you may find these books in other libraries as well. Call numbers starting with "R" are shelved in the Reference area.

Occupational outlook handbook, R 331.702 Un3
The standard source for information on occupations in the United States. It includes information on the nature of the work, working conditions, how many persons are employed at that job, what sort of education or training is needed, the job outlook, earnings, and sources of additional information.
Dictionary of occupational titles, R 331.7003 Un3
This was the official U.S. government source for job titles and descriptions. Each job had a classification number (DOT number). This system is now officially replaced by the Standard Occupational Classification system and O*NET (described below), but the DOT is still frequently referred to by employers and others.

Occupational Outlook Handbook and Dictionary of Occupational Titles are published by the U.S. Department of Labor. A number of privately-published sources exist as well. Here is just a selection of the most useful books available. You will find others shelved in the same area.

Career information center, R 331.702 C182
Thirteen volumes are arranged by general occupational areas, such as health, transportation, or recreation, so that one can browse through all the careers in that area. Each volume has an index, and there is a general index in volume 13.
The college majors handbook, R 331.7020973 F68
Decided on a major but not a career? This book tells you what kinds of jobs, earnings, etc. you can expect to find for a given college major.
Encyclopedia of careers and vocational guidance, R 331.702 En1
A four-volume set with an index in volume 4. Like the Career Information Center, this book offers a larger number of job titles than Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Ferguson's guide to apprenticeship programs, R 331.25922 F38
A two-volume set. Describes types of jobs for which training by apprenticeship is appropriate. Gives apprenticeship salaries, post-apprenticeship salaries, outlook, and advice; lists unions, businesses, and vocational schools that offer apprenticeships.
Jobs Rated Almanac, R 331.702 K86
Lists 250 of the best and worst jobs, rates and ranks them, and lets you browse through sections on work environment/job description, income, outlook, physical demands, security, stress, travel opportunities, and "extras."
Vault Guide to Internships, REF 331.25922 V46 2007
Lists internship opportunities. Interns work for a limited time with an employer to gain experience and references. Some internships are paid, some unpaid.

Exploring Careers in Periodicals

Periodicals are an excellent source of information about potential careers. You can use the library's Gale periodical databases to find information about various jobs. If using databases from off campus, you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password. Try General OneFile, or Academic OneFile for most jobs.

One especially useful magazine for career information is Occupational Outlook Quarterly. It is published by the Department of Labor and includes articles on such subjects as telecommuting, outlook for college graduates, etc. It also has articles on specific occupations which are too specialized to appear in the Occupational Outlook Handbook, such as "phlebotomist." The magazine is in full text in the Gale databases, and the library subscribes to the print version as well.

Gale has help online. Just click on the Toolbox link on any Gale periodical database for instructions on how to search.

For Health Careers

This catalog search includes both printed and electronic sources for health careers: health careers search.

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Updated: 10 Deember 2014