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Exploring Career Options

Self Assessment & Job Descriptions

Enhance your career potential by assessing your interests and abilities.

Job descriptions (scroll down) can further define the skills involved, licensing information, or the training and education needed. - Find out which jobs are in demand or decline. Get reports at the local, state, and national level.

Selected Books on Career Exploration Available in our Library

Self Assessment & Job Search Management Tools

  • Brainfuse & JobNow (eLearning at SFPL) Brainfuse & JobNow (eLearning at SFPL)
    Try Career Assessments & eParachute in Brainfuse and JobNow.
  • California CareerZone California CareerZone
    California CareerZone is a spin-off of the New York CareerZone, a proven, successful career exploration and planning system designed especially for students. Jobseekers, educators, and counselors will also benefit from the wealth of information on 900 occupations from the Occupational Information Network (O*Net) database.
  • Career OneStop Career OneStop
    CareerOneStop is a job search portal where you can perform all sorts of job search related tasks that will help you in your job search. Assess your skills, write a resume, search for education and training, look at job outlook and salaries, and much more. It is sponsored by the U. S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
  • mySkills myFuture mySkills myFuture
    mySkills myFuture helps laid-off workers and other career changers find new occupations to explore. Users can identify occupations that require skills and knowledge similar to their current or previous job, learn more about these suggested matches, locate local training programs, and/or apply for jobs.
  • Skills Profiler Skills Profiler
    Use the Skills Profiler to create a list of your skills and match them to job types that use those skills. When your skills profile is complete, you can print it or save it.

Job Descriptions and Industry Exploration

  • Occuational Outlook Handbook Occuational Outlook Handbook
    The Occuational Outlook Handbook covers hundreds of occupations and describe What They Do, Work Environment, How to Become One, Pay, and more. Each profile also includes Bureau of Labor Statistics employment projections for the 2010–20 decade.
  • My Next Move My Next Move
    My Next Move is an excellent resource for those looking to start or change careers. The site features 900 career options, searchable by key words or by industry. Assess your interests and career paths using O*NET Interest Profiler, a personality test that will point you in the right direction.
  • O*Net O*Net
    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!
  • California Occupational Guides California Occupational Guides
    Offered by the California Employment Development Department.
  • Licenses and Licensing Boards in California Licenses and Licensing Boards in California
    Licenses and Licensing Boards in California from America's Career InfoNet - Select California from the list of states.