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Research potential career options with the Web and book resources in this section.

California Occupational Guides - Sponsored by the California Employment Development Department, this site features an extensive list of careers as well as job descriptions; working conditions; employment outlook; wages, hours and benefits; training and entrance requirements; and addresses of professional associations in each field.

CareerOneStop.org - This site provides employment, training, and financial help to job seekers. From the U.S. Department of Labor.

Career Overview - CareerOverview.com’s Explore Career section provides reliable, up-to-date, and relevant career information and job descriptions for job seekers. Includes information on hundreds of popular careers throughout the United States. For each career listing you will find a job description and review that describes work activities and environment, training and career education requirements, personal qualifications required for success in the particular field, earning potential, as well as job outlook and employment projections through the end of this decade.

College Board: BigFuture - BigFuture by the College Board is a free comprehensive web resource that improves the college planning process. It offers a step-by-step approach that makes college planning easier to navigate and helps students learn how to overcome the barriers that make college seem out of reach. Includes interactive tools and videos that guide students as they find, afford and enroll in a college that’s a good fit for them.

JobStar: Career Guides - In JobStar's Career Guides you will find links to other sites that give specific career information including salary projections.

Occupational Outlook Handbook - Hosted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Occupational Outlook Handbook Web site is extremely comprehensive, with many careers listed. Each career listing includes descriptions of the nature of work, working conditions, the number of people employed in the field, training requirements, job outlook, earnings, and related occupations. This site also includes addresses of professional associations in the field, which you can contact for additional information.

O*Net Online - The O*NET system serves as the nation's primary source of occupational information, providing comprehensive information on key attributes and characteristics of workers and occupations.

Sloan Career Cornerstone Center - The Sloan Career Cornerstone Center offers information on technology, engineering, mathematics, computing, and healthcare jobs. Includes detailed career information and career profiles, educational requirements, and salaries. In addition, you can browse interviews with hundreds of professionals who offer candid insight into their own diverse careers.

State Occupational Projections Longterm - Information on this site allows projected employment growth for an occupation to be compared among states. It also allows projected employment growth among occupations to be compared within one state. This information can help you make a more informed career decision.

University of California at Berkeley: Career Exploration Links - At this site you can investigate career paths, industries, and opportunities for gaining experience in the field of your choosing.

United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment - Few economic data are as closely watched as measures of employment. The BLS programs listed here provide national totals of the number of employed people and also provide statistics on subjects such as occupational employment and wages, labor demand and turnover, and the dynamic state of the labor market.

Vocational Information Center - The Vocational Information Center Web site is an education directory that provides links to online resources for career exploration, technical education, workforce development, technical schools and related vocational learning resources. A great resource for job seekers wanting to locate a trade school, review the job market, learn more about vocational and technical careers, and to find out what skills employers seek.