Choose Your Future: Finding Information on Careers and Majors

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Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)
Produced by the US Department of Labor, the OOH provides useful information about education and skills you'll need, as well as what you'll get out of a career, like working conditions and pay. 

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Careers

Career One Stop
My Next Move
O*NET
Career One Stop, My Next Move, and O*NET are both sponsored by the US Department of Labor, like the OOH, but each provides different ways to explore careers.
Oregon Labor Market Information System
Information about careers and jobs in Oregon.

Education

College Affordability and Transparency Center
Concerned about the cost of college? This set of tools from the US Department of Education helps you figure out what college will really cost.
College Navigator
This tool from the US Department of Education helps you find the college that is right for you. You can search by location, type of degree, programs or majors, and many more criteria

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And Some More Tips for Finding out about Majors and Careers...

  • If you attend COCC, you'll have access to even more resources to help you prepare for your future via the COCC Library. In addition to the free sources above, we have subscriptions to e-books, streaming films, and other tools that help you learn about and prepare for the career of your choice. If you're on campus (or dually enrolled in COCC classes at your high school), you have access to these resources. They're on our Library's College and Careers page.
  • Wherever you go to school, you should have access to a career center, like COCC's Career Services. Visit it and talk with the staff. They have great information for you, from helping you improve your resume writing or job interview skills to helping you make a long-term career plan.
  • The Deschutes Public Library also offers career resources online and in print. These are available to anyone with a library card.
  • Find people who already do what it is you want to do and talk to them. Someone in the field can give you helpful information about working in that field and how they got to where they are. If you don't know anyone in the field, you may be able to make contacts through a career center, your college instructors, or a local or national organization for that profession.

Education Pays

Chart from "Employment Projections." Bureau of Labor Statistics. http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm