Online Resources for Exploring Careers

Online Resources for Exploring Careers

There is a lot of information out there, as well as some great testing and self-assessment tools. Below are some you might find helpful.

Virtual One-Stop Center
Research careers, find training programs, research labor market trends and more. Provided by the D.C. Department of Employment Services. If you visit the link above, you will have to register to use the site. Visit the step-by-step Virtual One-Stop tutorial to help you get started.

But you can also visit the U.S. Department of Labor's Career OneStop, where you can use the Career Explorer to identify your skills and match them to a career or find jobs that are similar to your current or previous job based on the knowledge, skills, abilities and work activities required. You can assess your skills and interests. However, the site is probably most useful for exploring careers. You can also view career videos.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Provides information about hundreds of jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics updates this handbook every year. Includes:
  • training and education needed
  • earnings
  • expected job prospects
  • what workers do on the job
  • working conditions
Career Exploration Web Guide
Provides descriptions of vocational and technical careers. Many of the careers listed here link to the Occupation Outlook Handbook (above); however, there are additional careers that are not listed in the handbook.

Career Zone
Assess yourself by choosing three interests. Then explore careers that match those interests.  Each career page includes a job description, interests, tasks, skills, knowledge and education.

Live Career
Asks you 100 questions and then tells you what jobs your personality, values, abilities and interests are best suited for. You will have to look at some ads when you visit this site, but just click on the "skip this" or "no thanks" link.

Career Planner
Offers a free personality test, but you have to pay for the career test.

Lists a number of assessment tests; some are free, and some are paid.

Careers in the Military
The U.S. Department of Defense provides this site. You can explore military careers including the traditional (infantry soldier, airplane pilot) and the not-so-traditional (dietitian, legal specialist, musician).

Learning Express Library
Offers practice tests and courses designed to help students and adult learners improve skills and pass academic and licensing tests. You will need a library card to use this site from home.

Testing and Education Reference Center
Prepare for tests, plan for higher education, explore career paths, build a résumé and find job interview tools and tips. You will need a library card to use this site from home.