Phase 2: Researching Occupations & Job Titles

Effective career research includes an exploration of the realities of the specific occupation(s) that you discovered in your research of fields and industries in Phase 1.  Once you gather basic information, you can then deepen your understanding of an occupation by speaking with a counselor at the Career Center and conducting informational interviews with professionals currently holding that position. 

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook, U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Provides descriptions of hundreds of occupations, including the training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job, working conditions.

  • O*Net: Excellent database of occupations with comprehensive information about duties, environment, and required skills, knowledge, and traits.  O*Net is a companion resource with the Strong Interest Inventory.

  • CollegeGrad.com: Detailed information about duties and requirements of a wide variety of job positions, sorted by industry
  • Spotlight on Careers: An excellent site provided by the Liberal Arts Career Network for exploring fields, industries, and professions, with helpful job and internship search links.