Exploring Career Options

  • NC Career Clusters Guide is a tool you can use for career planning and how to decide what the best fit is for you. It consists of five steps beginning with creating an interest profile. Your results from the first step can be used to help sort through 900 careers within the 16 career clusters, find out what the employment growth for occupations of interest are as well as salaries.
  • The College Board’s BigFuture website allows you to explore careers and college majors that align with your interests. It also provides examples of how others have used this tool to make their own career choices.
  • The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook identifies hundreds of occupations and occupation groups as well as identifying the duties, education and training requirements, standard pay for each.
  • Career Planning for High Schoolers,” an article published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, focuses on how high school students can actively explore potential career paths and identifies the importance of starting this thought process early.
  • How to Choose a Career That’s Best for You” poses critical questions that should be considered by all people when choosing career paths. Tim Tyrell-Smith discusses natural talents, work styles, and stress-management among many other though provoking topics to get readers thinking about what they want, and who they are. (Note: This article is from 2010, so some information is outdated, but the questions posed are still helpful today!)
  • My Next Move is a search engine that allows you to search careers by key words, industries and interests. Use this tool to further explore how your interests relate to future career paths!
  • What factors go into choosing a career? This infographic touches on growing and declining industries, quality of life, and unemployment.
  • A Guide for Students and the Confused” is a simple infographic that encourages you to assess your skills, do research, and be open-minded about what your career path looks like- it’s not always a straight line. Quick note, this is a British website, so when they say “degree subject” they mean “college major” in American English.
  • Which Career is Right for Me?” breaks down different fields of work in a way that is easy to understand and connects individual skills with potential careers.