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What career fields apply to you?

Why is Career Planning Important NOW? If you don't make a decision about your life, someone else will make it for you.

Have you REALLY thought about what you want to be in five years, ten years, or twenty years from now? If you are one of the students who wants to work right after high school, think about this: How long will you be satisfied earning minimum wage or even $10 per hour? It is likely that you will eventually have a family. Will this salary be enough for you to take care of them?

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 70% of the jobs in the future will require some education beyond a high school diploma. 

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Look at employment, pay and benefits by occupation, and employment projection.

www.bls.gov/co

Career Zone

Explore 24 industry sectors; Assess career interest based on 6 different types of personalities; 

Compare salary by occupation.  https://wwww.cacareerzone.org

Career Builder

Post jobs, predict job growth, give tips for resumes, job advice, and resources.

www.careerbuilder.com

Keirsey

Look at people's temperament as an indication of personality traits, habits, patterns of action, 

attitude, values, and talents; analyze how temperaments play a role in the work place.

www.keirsey.com

Real Work Matters

Vocational programs across the nation.  www.rwm.org/rwm

Language Arts

  • Arts

  • Media & Entertainment

  • Fashion & Interior Design

  • Information Technology

Science-based Careers

  • Agricultural

  • Natural Resources

  • Health Science  

  • Medical Technology

  • Energy & Utilities

  • Transportation

Math-based Careers

  • Engineering & Design

  • Building Trades

  • Construction

  • Finance and Business

  • Manufacturing

  • Product Development

Campus-based Funds

Social science-based Careers

  • Hospitality

  • Tourism

  • Recreation

  • Education

  • Child Development

  • Family Services

  • Public Services

  • Marketing

  • Sales & Service

How Do You Know Which Career Fields Apply to YOU?

While there are many career searches available to help people narrow down their career interests, Dr. John Holland's CareerTheory is the best known and most widely used by career counselors. His theory proposes that people are more likely to be successful and satisfied when they can work in an environment conducive to their personality type. For example, if you enjoy working outdoors, (PE Teacher/Coach, Park Ranger), you will be miserable having a job where you are assigned a cubicle by yourself (Engineer, Computer Engineer). Likewise, this can apply to choosing a college major or instructional program; you will be more motivated and get better grades when you do something about which you are passionate. Here are Dr. Holland's six personality types:

Realistic

  • Likes to work with animals, tools, or machines; generally avoids social activities like teaching, counseling, nursing, and providing information to others. This person wants only the facts.

Investigate

  • Likes to study and solve math or science problems; generally avoids leading, selling, or persuading people. An investigative person will dig into work to discover hidden clues, meanings, or data.

Artistic

  • Likes to do creative activities like art, drama, crafts, dance, music, or creative writing; generally avoids highly ordered or repetitive activities. This is a field where the dreamer can succeed.

Social

  • Likes to do things to help people - like teaching, counseling, nursing, or giving information; generally avoids using machines, tools, or animals to achieve a goal. Works best with other people.

Enterprising

  • Likes to lead and persuade people, and to sell things and ideas; generally avoids activities that require careful observation and scientific, analytical thinking. Aggressive, risk taking, and bold personalities are a must!

Conventional

  • Likes to work with numbers, records, or machines in a set, orderly way; generally avoids ambiguous, unstructured activities. Also works well with people, data, and objects: Works best when directed by others.