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US Department of Labor – Explore Career Options

O*NET OnLine
O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!

Research your career options to make informed employment and education choices. This Web site features user-friendly occupation and industry information, salary data, career videos, education resources, career exploration assistance, and other resources that support talent development in today’s fast paced global marketplace.

Pennsylvania CareerLinks
Job search, resume creation, post-secondary school information, labor market information and career resources.

Employability Checkup
Get a snapshot of the likelihood that you can obtain employment for a specific occupation at your desired wage and location.

Salary Tool
View national and state wage information for over 800 occupations.

Skills Profiler
Identify your skills and find occupations related to those skills.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Make informed decisions about your future work life. The handbook assists you by describing the training and education requirements, earnings, expected job prospects, on the job tasks, and working conditions for over 800 occupations.

Military Transition: Key to Career Success
Veteran and Military Transition Center is a one-stop website for employment, training, and financial help after military service.

VETS is committed to helping America’s veterans and separating service members by preparing them for meaningful careers, providing employment resources and expertise, and protecting their employment rights.

Department of Labor Programs:

Adult Services

Learn about services and programs offered to adult workers by the U. S. Department of Labor and its state and local partners to provide assistance in workforce preparation and talent development. Adult Services include the following programs for specific audiences:

Offers a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation. Applicants for apprenticeship programs must be at least 16 years old and meet the program sponsor’s qualifications.

Youth Programs:

Provides youth with the skills and training they need to successfully transition to adulthood and careers.

Job Corps
Helps young people ages 16 through 24 get a better job, make more money, and take control of their lives.

CareerShip® is a free online career exploration adventure for middle and high school students and is a product of Mapping Your Future, a public-service web site providing free career, college, financial aid, and money management information and services.

CareerShip uses O*NET Career Exploration Tools version 15.0. Mapping Your Future introduced CareerShip in 1999 with the most recent update in September 2011.

Choices Explorer – (Bridges)
This database gives up-to-date information on careers, including job profiles and labor market articles.

My Next Move
My Next Move is created for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration, by the National Center for O*NET Development.

My Next Move For Vets

Salary Information
Discover current market trends and salaries.

The Work Buzz
Work Buzz readers can find out what “the buzz” is on career-related topics. You can also find ideas and tools to help you be a rock star at finding that perfect job! Our content focuses on topics of interest to our job seekers, and includes summaries of trends in the workplace as well as tips and resources on a number of topics.

Dictionary of Occupational Titles
Gives you the duties, strength level needed and RML levels for specific job titles. Always the first step in any career exploration.

Resources that require a fee:

Career Assessment Tests Information for Job Seekers, Students and Parents: Subsciption $19.99 month is the largest website for planning a successful career, with a wealth of information for students, parents, and job seekers.

The Self-Directed Search® (SDS®) is a career interest test that asks questions about your aspirations, activities, skills, and interests in different jobs. From the responses, the SDS produces your personal three-letter Summary Code, which you can use to find occupations and fields of study that match well with your personality.  The SDS is based on John Holland’s theory that both people and working environments can be classified according to six basic types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. These personality types are known together as RIASEC. Cost: $9.95