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Occupational Outlook Handbook
O*Net Dictionary of Occupational Titles
If you aren’t sure what kind of job you want or what is available based on your skills and abilities, these two resources are great tools for career exploration.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a published by the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. It provides an overview of nearly 250 occupations that account for 87 percent of the nations jobs. It includes information about the nature of work, working conditions, training and education, earnings and job outlook for hundreds of different occupations in the United States. It is a good resource to understand the skills, abilities, knowledge and educational requirements of an occupation as well as wage information and future growth rates.
Also published by the U.S. Department of Labor, is the O*Net Dictionary of Occupational Titles. This online resource identifies, in depth, as many as 1,100 job titles. It includes skills assessment activities and has a special section to help veterans assess their transferable skills to non-military occupations.
Career One Stop
This website is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. It will help you identify the state employment agency closest to your zip code. These one-stop employment centers help job seekers with career exploration, job finding, worker retraining programs and much more. There are also special resources and programs designed specifically for individuals with criminal records.
AARP Foundation WorkSearch
This free program sponsored by American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), offers employment and training services to workers age 55 and older who meet residential and income eligibility. Having a felony will not disqualify you. Programs may vary from state to state, but AARP claims to have the highest placement rate of all older worker job placement programs in the U.S.
Apprenticeship and Non-traditional Employment for Women (ANEW)
In partnership with local trade unions, ANEW provides women of all ages, races, and backgrounds with quality training, support services and employment preparation, leading to viable and satisfying non-traditional career pathways which lead to family wage jobs.
Career Engagement Team
This website offers videos, exercises and other valuable information for exploring career options. It will also help you navigate the O*Net website and learn about what professionals are doing to maintain successful careers in fields that may be of interest to you.