Western Illinois University: Macomb Campus
Web Tools and Search Bar
The following web links will help you to acquire more relevant information as to what sort of career opportunities are available to you when choosing an academic major:
The Occupational Outlook Handbook (U.S. Department of Labor)
This site will provide specific information about careers including what the career entails, the education and training needed, the future outlook, and salaries.
This site will provide occupational information and allow the user to conduct a "skills search" to match-up with specific occupations.
This site has many useful resources including a Majors Database with "What Can I do With a Major In?". There are Career Databases and Self-Assessment Inventories.
The information and websites are representative of typical career paths associated with each major and not a comprehensive list.
The websites listed are not maintained by the Career Services Office but are provided as a convenience to students.
Start your career exploration by looking at the following websites:
The College Grad Job Hunter
On this site you will be able to get specific job information. Scroll down the page until you see "keyword search". Click on this link and type in a job title, i.e. 'advertising sales agent', click search and you will be taken to a page that will provide you a complete definition of the occupation, the education, training, and qualifications you need. In addition you will get related occupations, the future job outlook, and salary information.
The Career Interests Game
This interactive "game" will allow you to select a personality type that you believe best describes you. By clicking on the "type", it will take you to a list of careers, descriptive words, and character traits that fit the personality. By clicking on the related careers/occupational titles, you will be taken to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics site that will provide complete definitions of the selected occupation.
Career Info Net
On this site you will be able to obtain detailed information about specific jobs. Click on 'Occupational Information', go to 'Occupational Profile' and type in a specific job title, i.e. 'advertising sales agent'. Click on search and you will be asked to choose a state. Click on the appropriate state and continue. You will then be able to find out specific career information as well as salary information for the selected state and how it compares with the entire United States.