Career Exploration-Career and Professional Development Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Career Exploration

One of your best resources for targeted major and career information is your Career Consultant who can help you learn about the latest job market trends and identify potential employers for internships or jobs. Additionally, there are several online resources for you to consider:

O*NET The US Department of Labor’s source of updated occupational information and labor market research including an interactive skills-based database to explore career related attributes.

America's Career InfoNet America's Career InfoNet is a resource for making informed career decisions to support a demand-driven workforce investment system.

SIGI3 integrates self-assessment with in-depth and up-to-date career information that is easy to use and provides students and adults with a realistic view of the best educational and career options for their future success. Carnegie Mellon Alumni are able to use SIGI3, but will need to get a CMU alumni email account first on the CMU alumni website.

Dictionary of Occupational Titles The dictionary of Occupational Tittles provides quick descriptions of jobs categorized in job families.  It is a good first stop in your career research and exploration.  Look by categories or search.  Use previous and next buttons to see jobs grouped in the same job family which will be of a similar nature.

Occupational Outlook Handbook A searchable database of thousands of occupations developed and maintained by the Dept. of Labor.

What Can I Do In My Field Of Study? A comprehensive collection of career areas, employers, and strategies broken out by academic major.

Finally, the Career Center Reference Room (located in Hunt Library), public and university libraries, and book stores can also be great resources when you are exploring your career options. There you can find countless titles on the topic in addition to those we have recommended below:

  • How to Find Any Job with Any Major, Donald Asher, Hundreds of Heads Books
  • Do What You Are, Paul Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger, Little, Brown and Company.
  • Path: A Career Workbook for Liberal Arts Students, Howard Figler.
  • Liberal Arts Jobs, Peterson’s Guide.
  • What Color is Your Parachute?, Richard Bolles, Ten Speed Press.
  • Great Jobs for Liberal Arts Majors, Blythe Camenson, VGM Career Books