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Step 2: Explore

Discover Options With Career Research

There are many ways to learn about careers to help you get a jump start on life after high school. Take some time to play around using the tools below.  Get  your burning questions answered about specific occupations.  Learn about the educational paths and training you need to reach your career goals.

Be curious and answer common career questions:

  • What skills and abilities do I need to develop?

  • What does a typical day look like?

  • What education or training do I need?

  • Where can I get the required training or education?

  • What will be my earning potential? Is this job in demand?

  • How can I advance my career?

  • What are some related occupations that I should consider?

Career Videos

Career videos are a great way to learn about occupations from professionals doing interesting work.  Click on and explore each of the resources below because they cover different career paths and different perspectives.  Start with Career Journey - it highlight Oregonians across a diverse range of careers.

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Career Research Tools

Online career research tools help students get a more detailed overview of career paths as well as answer frequently asked questions. Instructions for how to navigate the tools are included.

Please don't be overwhelmed by the number of websites below. Different websites focus on different careers so play around with a few to get a broad perspective of opportunities. See what works best for you and have fun exploring careers that might align with your interests. Download the "Career Note Taking Tool" belor to help you record pertinent information about careers of interest.

Oregon Career Information System

Oregon Career Information System (OCIS) is now FREE for all users.  It is a comprehensive resource of occupational and educational information designed to help Oregonians learn about the world of work and education. Includes career descriptions, wages, employment outlook, education, and licensing for over 600+ occupations (over 95% of the Oregon labor market). Also includes career assessments, financial aid resources, and education/training opportunities through the country.

OCIS instructions for researching careers

My Next Move

Explore careers in the O*NET database using this student friendly website. Student can learn about specific careers of interest as well as explore careers by clusters

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Click on an "Occupational Group" to explore specific occupations.

Career One Stop

Explore careers by career clusters.  Great way to see a variety of related occupations.

Oregon Department of Employment

Scroll through an alphabetical list of occupations.  Good resource for Oregon specific information (wages, education programs, jobs, etc.)

My Future

Explore careers by career cluster. Also good resource for military pathways and careers.

What Can I Do With This Major?

Learn about typical career areas and employers that hire people with specific college majors as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate.


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