FERGUSON'S CAREER GUIDANCE CENTER (Facts on File) - Comprehensive and easy-to-use career research database offers information on more than 3,300 jobs and 94 industries, plus advice on applying for a job, acing an interview, behaving professionally in the work environment and more. More than 90 sample resumes and cover letters included! The Resources section contains over 50,000 entries on scholarships, internships, and other opportunities. Includes more than 290 videos present essential career information on both specific jobs and industries and on skills. If you're using Ferguson's Career Guidance Center at home, you'll need to enter your name, library card barcode number, and PIN to get started.
PETERSON'S TESTING & EDUCATION REFERENCE CENTER - Search thousands of college and graduate school entries, identify scholarships, take practice tests, and use test prep eBooks; includes practice tests and study tips for all kinds of standardized tests, including the SAT, ACT, PSAT, CLEP, GED, NCLEX, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, civil service, postal, law enforcement, and ASVAB. If you're using this resource at home, you'll need to enter your name, library card barcode number, and PIN to get started. A related website, Peterson's College Search, also allows you to search and compare colleges & universities, and offers helpful articles on distance learning, admissions essays, test preparation, financial aid, and more. (Peterson's / Gale Cengage Learning / Nelnet, Inc.)
NJ NEXT STOP - Resources to help NJ teens, parents, and counselors learn more about career interests, career options, and the world of work. It also provides information about industries, occupations and skills that are in demand in New Jersey, as well as real people's stories that give you first-hand information from New Jerseyans with a variety of careers on how they made it, and practical advice on how you can be successful too. (State of New Jersey)
NJCAN - The New Jersey Career Assistance Navigator (NJCAN) provides accurate, comprehensive, current, and relevant occupational, post-secondary school and financial aid information. NJCAN contains the latest national, New Jersey and local labor market data and projections. NJCAN also includes information on job interview preparation, resume and cover letter creation, how to keep a job, self-employment, and military occupations. NJCAN is designed to support lifelong career exploration, and career planning and decision-making through easy to use, straightforward search and sorting utilities, and an online portfolio for saving information from all system components. Click here to login as a NJ Resident. (New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development & University of Oregon)
Berkeley Career Exploration Links - Click on a general career field (e.g., architecture, business, communications, etc.) for links to information on specific careers within that field, including career profiles and relevant professional associations for each occupation (University of California). See also Major Resource Kits (University of Delaware) and What Can I Do With This Major? (Westfield State College).
Career Aisle - Videos and other resources for career awareness (grades K-5), career exploration (grades 6-8) and career preparation (grades 9-12), plus related materials for parents and guidance counselors. (South Carolina Educational TV et al.)
Career Interest Game - Guidance to help you match your interests and skills with suitable careers and help you begin thinking about how your personality will fit in with specific work environments and occupations (University of Missouri).
Career Plan Year by Year [Link opens a PDF document] - Steps you can take to plan and work toward your future career while in college. Some of the suggestions are specific to Westfield State College, but most will be useful at any college.
CareerShip - Online career exploration for middle and high school students. Students can review careers by cluster, match careers to their interests, or search for a particular career (Mapping Your Future, a nonprofit organization sponsored by student loan guaranty agencies; powered by O*NET OnLine,U.S. Department of Labor). See also My Next Move , an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options, with tasks, skills, salary information, and more for over 900 different careers (National Center for O*NET Development, U.S. Department of Labor).
Career Videos - Short videos showing workers in a wide variety of jobs, explaining job duties, requirements, and opportunities (Gary Payne Communications; site includes advertisments). See more career videos at America's Career InfoNet (State of Minnesota and U.S. Department of Labor)
Destination 2020 - The interactive his website offers guidance to help you develop the skills, habits, and attitudes you will need to succeed in the work world, as well as an opportunity to explore different careers that may suit you. There is also a noisy Flash version. (Canada Career Consortium)
Fun Works - Explore ways to link your interests to exciting future careers, in fields such as music, art, design, sports, business, technology, medicine, engineering, law, math, and science. For middle school students. (Education Development Center, Inc., non-profit organization)
Kids.gov : Careers - Links to career information for middle school students (grades 6-8); there is a separate page for students in grades K-5. (Kids.gov is the official kids' portal for the U.S. government)
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Explains what workers do on the job in hundreds of occupations; also describes working conditions, education or training requirements, earnings, and expected prospects for a wide variety of jobs. Click on 'A-Z Index', or search by occupation keyword. Updated every two years. (U.S. Department of Labor)
Sloan Career Cornerstone Center - A resource center for those exploring career paths in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine; middle school and up. The extensive site explores over 185 degree fields and offers detailed education requirements, salary and employment data, precollege ideas, and career planning resources. Includes a podcast series that explores one career field per episode. (Non-profit organization)
Student Jobs [UPDATED LINK!] - Lists federal government job opportunities, including summer jobs, for students and recent graduates. (U.S. Office of Personnel Management)
Youth at Work - Information for young workers about employee rights and responsibilities, and about different types of discrimination affecting young workers and how to help prevent it (U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission). Young Workers : Safety and Health provides advice for teen workers on how to protect themselves on the job. Also offers related information for parents, educators, and employers (OSHA : U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration). Youth Rules explains what hours teens can work, what types of jobs they can do, and how to help prevent workplace injuries. Includes information directed at teens, parents, and educators (U.S. Department of Labor).
Accounting Careers - Find out whether a career in accounting is right for you. Includes a career personality quiz, plus information on skills, education, jobs, and internships. (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants)
Architect - Provides an introducation to the field of architecture, with information on the necessary education & other steps to becoming an architect, and related resources. (American Institute of Architects)
Archivist - Explains what archives are, what archivists do, qualifications for employment, and salaries & benefits. (Society of American Archivists)
Astronaut 101 - 'Lt. Col. Cady Coleman talks about what it's like to be an astronaut and how a passion for high school chemistry led her to become one.' See also Virtual Skies Aerospace and Aviation Technology Career Profiles (NASA).
Astronomy : Building a Career in Astronomy - An informal discussion of the major career paths related to astronomy & space, and the preparation you'll need to succeed. (Astronomy Cast podcast).
Biological Sciences - An overview of education and careers in biology, with links to related resources (American Institute of Biological Sciences).
Book Publishing - Briefly describes different types of careers in book publishing, and lists corresponding college majors for each job title. You will also find information about different types of publishers, commonly used terms, educational resources, publishing organizations, and more. (Association of American Publishers)
Business Ownership - Do you want to be your own boss? Have you ever dreamed of owning your own company?' This site walks you through five easy steps of business ownership.' (U.S. Small Business Administration & Junior Achievement).
Chemistry : Stories from the Field - Short, conversational audio interviews that recount scientific adventures & career insights, and celebrate the contributions of women working in chemistry and related sciences. (Chemical Heritage Foundation)
Construction and Related Trades - Information on 20 different occupations in construction and related fields, including mason, carpenter, roofer, electrician, plumber, and more. (From the Occupational Outlook Handbook)
Dentistry Careers - Information on careers & educational programs for Dentists, as well as related occupations such as Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienists, and Dental Laboratory Technicians. (American Dental Association; site includes advertisements)
Engineering : Discover E [UPDATED LINK!] - Discover engineering with career facts, activities, and more (National Engineers Week Foundation). See also Engineer Girl (National Academy of Sciences), Imagine Engineering (Girl Scouts of the USA), Try Engineering (IBM, IEEE, & TryScience), and Engineer Your Life (WGBH Educational Foundation and the National Academy of Engineering in partnership with the Extraordinary Women Engineers Coalition).
Education : Becoming a Teacher [UPDATED LINK!] - Explains what teachers do, how much they earn, how to prepare for a career in teaching, and more; for middle & high school students. See also Your Career as an Education Paraprofessional, which covers occupations such as teacher aide, special education assistant, preschool or early childhood assistant, and library assistant (American Federation of Teachers).
Environmental Careers - Describes a number of different careers in environmental conservation, including park ranger, wildlife biologist, and forester; middle school and up (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources). Environmental Career Opportunities for Students provides information about internships with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Under Other Student Opportunities (on the right-hand side of the page) you will find links to info about fellowships & scholarships, student contracting and more; for high school and up (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).
Foreign Language Careers - Brief descriptions of careers that require knowledge of languages (Wake Forest University). See also Careers in Translation and Interpreting (American Translators Association) and Translation Industry Career Guide (Lingo24 Translation Services; site includes advertisements).
Government Jobs - Explores options for working in the federal government, with pros & cons, information about internships & student jobs, and more. (Partnership for Public Service; nonprofit organization)
Graphic Design - This online career guide explains what graphic design is, who becomes a designer, how to choose a design school, and more. (American Institute of Graphic Arts)
Green Careers - Articles and data on careers in recycling, renewable energy, green construction, and more; high school and up. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Health Occupations - Links to resources for a wide variety of careers in health and medical science (National Institutes of Health). See also Explore Health Careers (American Dental Education Association, Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions, et al.), Nursing, below, Becoming a Physician [UPDATED LINK!] (American Medical Association) , and Careers in Health Professions Resources (National Library of Medicine).
Know It All : Kids Work! - Learn about jobs in health care, theater and broadcasting in a colorful virtual community of workplaces; for middle school students. (ETV Commission)
Library Careers : How To Become a 21st Century Librarian [UPDATED LINK!] - Do you love books? Love people? Love computers? A career in library service might be for you! Check out this article for more information (2013, Library Journal; site includes advertisments). See also Library Careers (American Library Association) and Library Careers NY (New York State Library).
Mathematics Careers - Basic career overview, plus dozens of profiles on a wide variety of careers for which a background in the mathematical sciences is useful, including academia & teaching, actuarial science & accounting, business management, computing, engineering, law, investment analysis, military & public service, medicine & life sciences, physical sciences, and sales & marketing. (Mathematical Association of America)
Medicine and Health Careers - See Health Occupations, above.
Meteorology Careers - A brief overview of career options in meteorology, plus related links (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). See also How to become a meteorologist (World Meteorological Organization) and All About Careers in the Atmospheric and Related Sciences (American Meteorological Society).
Microbiology Careers - An overview of what microbiologists do and how to become one, plus profiles and interviews with microbiologists. (American Society for Microbiology)
Military Careers - Developed as a resource for parents, educators and young adults curious about military service, this website offers interviews with active-duty servicemembers, as well as information about career fields, training, benefits and more (U.S. Department of Defense). See also My Future : Military Service (U.S. Department of Defense) and What the Recruiter Never Told You (About.com, IAC/InterActiveCorp).
Non-Profit Careers - Information about working in the non-profit sector. High school and up. (Idealist.org)
Nursing - Colorful site designed to help kids explore careers in nursing. (Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc.)
OceanAGE Careers - Video profiles, interviews, biographies, career timelines, and related materials and resources help you learn about a variety of careers which involve exploring our planet's oceans. Careers profiled include Deep-sea Biologist, Marine Ecologist, Geophysicist, Marine Archaeologist, Research Scientist, and Oceanographer (NOAA). For information on additional ocean-related careers, see OceanCareers.com (Marine Advanced Technology Education Center). For information on marine science careers working in an aquarium, see Kids Corner : Aquarium Careers (Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta GA).
OLogy - 'OLogy means 'the study of.' On this website, you can meet the 'OLogists' and explore many 'OLogies' including archaelogy, astronomy, biology, geology, paleontology, and many others; middle school and up (American Museum of Natural History). See also I want to be an 'Ologist, which covers palaeontology, zoology, botany, mineralogy, and entomology (Natural History Museum, London UK).
Paleontology Careers - Links to interviews and other information about careers in paleontology (studying dinosaurs, fossils, etc.) and related fields (University of California et al.). See also I Want to be a Paleontologist! (2009, Paleontological Research Institution).
Physics Careers - Profiles dozens of physicists who have taken a variety of career paths and educational paths, plus related resources. Use the lefthand menu to choose options (American Physical Society). See also Careers from Physics (Institute of Physics) and Physicists at Work (American Institute of Physics ).
Physiology - Brief profiles of individuals in careers that use knowledge and skills from physiology, 'a broad science which aims to understand the mechanisms of living, from the molecular basis of cell function to the integrated behaviour of the whole body.'.
Psychology Careers - 'This guide provides a look at psychology as a career in many different fields, such as research, consulting, diagnosing and teaching. It includes an outlook of the current job market and testimonials from psychologists on the career paths they have chosen.' See also Psychology Careers [Link opens a PDF], Non-Academic Careers in Psychology and Interesting Careers in Psychological Science. (American Psychological Association)
Public Service - See Government Jobs, above.
Science & Technology Careers - 'What's it like to have a career in science or technology? Select one of the professionals and follow along as they spend a day at work.' Includes a science teacher, geologist, meteorologist, chemist, and computer administrator. Middle school and up (Franklin Institute). For more resources, see Careers in Science (Science Buddies; non-profit organization), Profiles of Scientists and Engineers (Science360 Knowledge Network, National Science Foundation) Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) Careers (created by Rich Feller, Professor of Counseling and Career Development at Colorado State University).
Science, Art & Technology - Explores career fields where art and science overlap, such as analysis & authentication of art works, art conservation, scientific exhibits, and more. High school and up. (Art Institute of Chicago)
Sports Careers - Dozens of short articles profiling people who work in a wide variety of sports-related jobs including management, marketing, public relations, broadcasting, and more (Work In Sports L.L.C.). See also Careers for Women in Sports (Women's Sports Foundation).
Technology Education Careers - 'If you like being around people and like working with innovations in technology, technology education is an outstanding career choice.' This site provides links to information on careers and training in technology education. High school and up (2011, Technology Student Association).
Theatre Careers - Video discussions with performers, directors, playwrights, designers, choreographers and behind-the-scenes personnel from the Broadway theatre. You'll find more discussions at Working in the Theatre seminars (2001 - 2011, American Theatre Wing). See also About Costume Design and The Scenic Designer (National Arts Centre, Canada).
Veterinary Medicine - Brochures on careers in veterinary medicine and veterinary technology (American Veterinary Medical Association). See also Veterinary Careers (Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association), Ways to Help Animals as a Career (American Humane Association), Animal Careers [UPDATED LINK!] (ASPCA), Careers with Animals (PAWS.org), and Jobs at the Zoo (San Diego Zoo).