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It’s a big topic these days and seemed like worthwhile place to start my information seeking tips.  At any level of preparing for work, whether you’re still in school or thinking about changing careers, you will need to do some homework.  There are many ways to find information about a career that you are interested in.

One of my favorite resources to quickly learn a lot about a particular career is the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.  Every two years they publish the Occupational Outlook Handbook, which, in my opinion, is a must for every public and high school library who can get it.  Fortunately, there is also an online version which is a cinch to search.  Within seconds you can find the following on just about any job imaginable:

  • Nature of the Work
  • Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement
  • Employment
  • Job Outlook
  • Projections
  • Earnings
  • Wages
  • Related Occupations
  • Sources of Additional Information

Be wary of career or job information that you find on other websites.  Always check to see where they get their data from.  Some places may have their own vested interests in pushing one career over another.  Others will take information from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, but it’s always wisest to get it yourself straight from the horse’s mouth (and since I’m telling you about them, you can).  Some may not even say where they got their data from, in which case, RED ALERT – DO NOT TRUST.

Being prepared with accurate information ensures that you are seeking the work that is right for you.  Additionally, you will gain credible knowledge about that field and a confidence that comes with it, which may give you an edge in an interview.