Like any major decision, selecting a career involves a lot of fact finding. Fortunately, some of the best informational resources are easily accessible.
For example, The U.S. Department of Labor annually publishes the Occupational Outlook Handbook which provides career information about hundreds of occupations:
In addition to The U.S. Department of Labor, Kentucky State University’s Office of Career Counseling and Placement has a number of resources available to help you choose a major that’s a great fit for you. Individual counseling sessions may be arranged to help students and alumni clarify career interests, values and work-related skills; explore potential careers and employers; and refine job seeking, interviewing, and resume preparation skills. To schedule an appointment with a counselor, click here.
Online Sources from the Department of Labor
Some career assessment sources exist primarily as a Web service. These sources often have information on specific jobs and can greatly aid in the job-hunting process. Some commercial sites offer Web services, as do federal, state, and some local governments. CareerOneStop, a joint program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and the states as well as local agencies, provides these services free of charge.
A major resource in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Labor Market Information System is the CareerOneStop site. This site includes links to the following sources:
- U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS publishes a wide range of labor market information, from regional wages for specific occupations to statistics on national, state, and area employment. For more information, see the section on occupational wage data.
- O*net Online provides occupational information, including descriptors on hundreds of occupations.
- My Next Move is specifically designed to help you determine the right career for you, and to help you find a job that you will enjoy.
- My Next Move for Veterans. Are you a veteran looking for work? My Next Move for Veterans helps you find a civilian career similar to your military job.
- State job banks allow you to search job openings listed with state employment agencies.
- America’s Career InfoNet provides data on employment growth and wages by occupation; the knowledge, skills, and abilities required by an occupation; and links to employers.
- America’s Service Locator is a comprehensive database of career centers and information on unemployment benefits, job training, and educational opportunities.