Taking time to research careers and occupations not only gives you an idea of what job outlook and salary information to expect, it also helps you know what kind of training, qualifications or credentials are required, what are the best careers in the places you want to work and more. Below is a selection of self-serve databases, tools and resources to help you explore career options.
Career & Occupational Research
Use these resources to conduct general research on different jobs or occupations.
This guide by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has information about jobs like typical duties, work environment, education, salaries and job outlook.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
O*NET OnLine is a tool for career exploration and job analysis sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Labor. It has detailed descriptions of the world of work.
Career clusters identify pathways from secondary school to two- and four-year colleges, graduate school, and the workplace, so students can learn in school and what they can do in the future.
Profiles of over 750 specific occupations, including salary information by state and county. This site also has Career Videos On-Line.
City Town Info
Have your sights set on a geographic location? Find facts about various jobs and careers within U.S. cities.
Many careers require you pass an exam to work. See a list of certification exams for various career fields and learn more about what each test entails. This resource includes sample questions.
WI State Licenses
The state of Wisconsin licenses and regulates 132 different types of credentials in more than 58 professional fields. Learn more about educational and licensing requirements for jobs ranging from substance abuse counselors and nursing home administrators to real estate professionals and funeral directors.
U.S. News & World Report Rankings include the 100 Best Jobs, Best Paying Jobs, and Best Jobs within various industries such as Business, Healthcare, Technology and more.
U.S. News & World Report Rankings
The career videos are a great place to get ideas for how you might plan your future. Browse these career video libraries to get inspired while you learn about various career opportunities that could be available to you.
Browse these videos to learn about careers, industries, skills and abilities, or work options and education levels.
Browse CareerOneStop Videos
View PBS RoadTrip Nation interviews with various professionals to learn how they paved their career path in a wide variety of career fields and industries.
Watch RoadTrip Nation
Candid Career has thousands of career videos to help you find your ideal job. Whether your exploring majors or careers or are looking for job insights, Candid Career has videos to help.
Often times, students might wonder about career trends and what jobs are in highest demand. Here are some resources to help you research employment projections and trends:
The U.S. Dept. of Labor sponsors this nationally recognized source of objective, data-driven projections of future state and local workforce needs. It provides both long- and short-term projected employment growth for occupations among various states.
U.S. Labor Statistics
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
is our federal government's main labor statistics fact-finding agency. It measures labor market activity, working conditions, salary changes, and productivity and publishes these employment projection resources.
Use WisConomy's data tools and visual dashboards to access Wisconsin labor market information, job numbers, wages, hot jobs, industry and occupation projections. This site is published by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.