Researching Career Opportunities

career researchHigh school students may be busy researching colleges to attend, but researching a future career and matching career aspirations with the right college is also important.

This post will cover how to research your future career like a pro as a follow-up to my previous post, Researching Colleges like a Pro.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a free online Occupational Handbook. This is a quick and easy site to use to research careers. It’s so easy that this post will be super short!

Simply type a career in the handbook’s search bar and click Go.

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To illustrate what happens next, I typed “teacher” in the handbook’s search input box. Once you type in a career, choose the career that is most appropriate to your search. For instance, I’ll choose High School Teachers.

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Next, read about the career. There are tabs at the top you can click through as well as a helpful summary box you can review.

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Make sure to review the following key points for your research:

Job Outlook – the growth rate of the profession. This gives you an idea of whether your degree will place you in a career that is in demand or not.

Entry-Level Education – understand the educational commitment involved.

Median Pay – I’m not even going to describe why you may be interested in discovering this. 🙂

What They Do / Work Environment – these tabs will give you a sense of what a typical work day looks like. You may think you will enjoy the career you are researching, but take a look and make sure.

Good luck and have fun learning about your future career!

Post by Sarah Powers, Former Instructional Designer at FLVS



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