Researching Careers

Career Development

Focus ™ 2

Focus ™ 2 is our new career development tool, which assists students who are undecided about their majors and or would like to find a new career option. This resource combines self-assessment, career and major exploration, decision making and action planning in one. To start your Focus 2 account, please click here and use the access code RAVENS. If you need assistance, please feel free to contact the career center at 610-372-4721 ext. 6246 or come to Berks Hall, Room 220. Download the login instructions. Adobe PDF file PDF 246 KB

Understanding the career development process

Career Clusters Interest Survey

The Career Clusters Interest Survey will help individuals find possible careers based on personal interest. If you are undecided about a career choice, complete the survey and use it as a guide to career research by using the links below. Download survey - Adobe PDF file PDF 1.6 MB

Occupational Information

O*NET Online
Comprehensive occupational database that provides information about job requirements and competencies such as knowledge, skills, abilities, interests, and work values.

Career One Stop
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor offering career resources and workforce information.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)
Guide produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics with information on careers and projected future growth of careers. Entries describe nature of work, working conditions, education and training needed, and additional information.

Explore Health Careers
Interactive health careers website designed to explain the array of health professions and provide easy access to students seeking information about health careers.

Explore Public Health Careers
Interactive public health careers website designed to explain the array of public health professions and provide resources for students seeking information about public health careers.

Medical and Health Care
The National Library of Medicine maintains this list of informational links.

Criminal Justice and Public Service
FireScience Online has career guides related to criminal justice degrees.

Occupational Outlook Quarterly
Published quarterly by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics featuring articles with practical information on jobs and careers.

Employment Trends

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics employment projections
Information about the labor market for the Nation as a whole for 10 years in the future.

PA Work Stats
Provides state labor market information and job trends as well as information about training programs and providers.

Job Search Web Sites

Job Gateway PAGet career assistance, search for local job openings, create and manage your résumé, apply for jobs online, connect with employers, and learn more about individual services.

Indeed - provides job listings.

Careerbuilder - provides job listings and career advice.

Monster - provides job listings and career advice.

USAJobs - provides listings of federal government jobs.

PACareer Link - provides job listings as well as career resources.

Salary Information
Free access to salary information and more.
Free online salary information by location.

The Salary Calculator
Salary information by location.

Informational Interviewing

What is an informational interview? - Document goes here


Berks County United Way
Information on how to get involved in the Berks County area.

Corporation for National & Community Service
Information on volunteering and community service in the U.S.

Additional Resources

Quintessential Careers
Career development site with articles, tools, tips, and links to other resources.

Learn How to Become
Career research website

The Riley Guide
Introduction to the online job search with useful sites and services; includes information on resumes and interviewing.

Roadtrip Nation
Website dedicated to helping students define their own paths in life and gain exposure to careers they didn't know exist. from Richard Bolles
Gateway site for job hunt preparation.

Wall Street Journal careers page,
Articles and information covering all aspects of the job search.

Networking Today: A Guide for Business Professionals and College Graduates