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Career Description Sites for Younger Students

What Interests You
"The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Web site for kids provides introductory career information for students in Grades 4-8. Most of the material on the site has been adapted from the Bureau's Occupational Outlook Handbook
--a career guidance publication for adults and upper-level high school students that describes the job duties, working conditions, training requirements, earnings levels, and employment prospects of hundreds of occupations."

Careership is an on-line career exploration adventure geared towards middle school students.

Careers - First Gov Kids
"Have you ever wondered what life would be like as a veterinarian? What about joining the Air Force? These links will lead you to information on different careers - your future is waiting. " Links to career sites for kids.

Engineer Girl
"Engineers work in all areas of our society. You're sure to find at least one career on this list that matches your interests and talents."

Look to the Future - Careers in Space
"The following list of possible careers in the aerospace field is by no means exhaustive, but it gives an idea of the wide variety of things you can do and still be related to space. Take a look. It might change your life."

Scientists in Action
"News about careers in the natural sciences - from mapping the planets to sampling the ocean floor, from protecting wildlife to forecasting volcanic eruptions. "

Animal Doc
Animal Doc was developed by the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia.  Here students can learn what it is really like to be a vet.

Career Aisle - K-5 Career Videos  Middle School 6-8 Career Videos
This educational web portal contains interactive sites, simulations, image collections, virtual field trips and streaming video that support and provide quality inquiry-based experiences for students on the Internet.

Want to Be a Scientist?
"Careers for new scientists span a variety of disciplines in agriculture. Becoming a scientist requires intelligence, creativity, and a strong desire to learn new things! Want to know more? "

EEK! Get a Job
Welcome to "EEK!" - brought to you by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources provides environmental career descriptions for kids in grades 4-8.

Career and Occupational Sites - High School Students and Adults

United States Career Sites

Occupational Outlook Handbook USA
The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. Revised every two years, the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations

O*NET Online

O*NET, the Occupational Information Network, is a comprehensive database of worker attributes and job characteristics. As the replacement for the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT),
O*NET will be the nation's primary source of occupational information.

Career Clusters

Career Clusters provide a way for schools to organize instruction and student experiences around sixteen broad categories that encompass virtually all occupations from entry through professional levels. Resources such as KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS STRUCTURES and BROCHURES are available for each of the sixteen clusters.

America's Career InfoNet - Career Resource Library

America's Career Infonet is "a part of CareerOneStop which is  a U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored Web site that offers career resources and workforce information to job seekers, students, businesses, and workforce professionals to foster talent development in a global economy."

State Career Resources
The occupational reports on these sites provide statewide information about that occupation's job duties, salary or wages, education or training requirements, employment outlook, career ladder and related occupations. These career websites bring together multiple sources of career and labor market information to make career exploration and planning for the future a little easier.

Career Videos
These sites provide extensive listings of videos showing the types of work people do.

Career Voyages
"This web site is the result of a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to provide information on high growth, high demand occupations along with the skills and education needed to attain those jobs."

Today's Military

"The Military offers more than 4,100 unique jobs for both officers and enlisted personnel. And each year the Armed Services hire a combined 365,000 people to fill those positions."

Careers in the Military

"Careersinthemilitary.com is the leading career information resource for the military world of work. Explore a variety of careers across the Military Services to find out what people in those occupations do and what their usual work environment is like. Learn about training and advancement opportunities and which Services offer each occupation."

Guides for Specific Careers - Job Star

"These sites are packed with information about planning your career. What kind of training or education is required? What can you earn? What kind of environment will you work in? What's hot? What's not?"

Learn about requirements, career tracks, the job outlook, and compensation in various careers.

Job Profiles
"A career exploration and inspiration web site where experienced workers share their motivations, basic skills and advice with those just entering the career field."

Career Search - Iowa Public Television

School to Careers is a career development project for 7-12th grade students, educators and parents. Through video, Web and interactive activities students are introduced to career professionals, projects and ideas that help them identify their interests and plan for their futures.

Monster: Career Snapshots
From accountant to zoo caretaker and everything in between -- get the lowdown on more than 120 professions.

Life Work - Science Careers
and Sloan Career Cornerstone - Science and Engineering Careers
These sites provide students with the opportunity to explore careers in life sciences, medical, and engineering pathways.

College Board - Major and Career Central
The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity.

Careers After College - The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review helps students, parents, and educators achieve the best results at every stage of their educational careers.

Career Overview
CareerOverview.com is a non-commercial website dedicated to providing aspiring career professionals and students with relevant, reliable and up-to-date career and job information whereby helping them to make better, more informed career choices.

World of Work Map

"The World-of-Work Map organizes occupations into six clusters (parallel to John Holland's six occupational types), 12 regions, and 26 career areas (groups of similar jobs). It graphically shows how occupations relate to each other according to primary work tasks."

Canadian Career Sites

National Occupational Classification - Canada

Job Futures

Job Futures is a career tool to help you plan for your future. It provides useful information about 265 occupational groups and describes the work experiences of recent graduates from 155 programs of study.

Work Futures - British Columbia Occupational Outlooks

Work Futures is a comprehensive resource that describes close to 200 occupational groups, representing 98% of the British Columbia labour market. It has been produced jointly by Human Resources Development Canada and the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology.

Work Scene- BC Work Futures for Youth

Occupation profiles from British Columbia.

School Finder Career Index

This Canadian based site provides a detailed career summary which includes duties, employment statistics and outlook. salary and educational requirements. 

Skills Work - Ontario Canada

What skilled work is for you? There is a paradox in our society that astounds us. It astonishes educators and government. And it frustrates both industry and labour. How is it that youth unemployment rates continue to increase and at the same time industry and labour cannot find enough skilled workers to keep up with demand?

Career Matters

"CareerMATTERS is an initiative of TVOntario, developed in consultation with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. With more than 300 job descriptions, videos, information on post-secondary studies and the entire Ontario English high school curriculum at their fingertips, visitors can explore a vast number of educational, training and career options."

Alberta Occupational Profiles

OCCINFO© is designed to provide up-to-date information on many different occupations in a format called occupational profiles. Occupational profiles provide specific information regarding a particular occupation or group of occupations in Alberta.

Career Gateway - Ontario Canada
"Some of the following links described in this section are to services in the United States. While there will be some differences in terms of salary, job titles, training, and future trends, enough similarities exist between Canadian and American occupations to make checking out these materials worthwhile."

Australian Career Sites

My Future:Australia's Career Information System
Duties and tasks, specialization, quick facts, personal requirements, related industries, labor market, related jobs, earnings, further information and state specific information are listed for each career. Each summary also includes earnings charts and photographs of workers

Australian Job Explorer - Occupational Profiles

Job Explorer allows you to investigate the skills, knowledge, abilities, job environment and other useful characteristics that need to be considered when selecting an occupation

Job Guide

The Job Guide provides an in-depth look at a range of occupations, and their education and training pathways. It also gives useful information about how to work out what occupations suit you best, based on your interests and abilities.

Youth Services

Youth Services is the Victorian Government's web-based initiative for young people aged 12-25, filled to overflowing with great information and articles about exploring careers, finding jobs, courses you can study and training you can do.

Get Access

"GetAccess is an initiative of the Western Australian Department of Training.
It's purpose is to help you access key information about work, careers, the labour market and learning on the Internet.  Here you can view over 300 career profiles and find the career that suits your style perfectly!"

Graduate Careers - Industry Career Profiles

"This section of Graduate Careers Australia contains a range of online booklets developed to provide students at any stage of their study who are thinking about their future employment, with information to help in the transition to a full time graduate position. These industry career profiles have been developed for many fields of study, ranging from Accounting to Teaching English As A Second Language (TESOL), and the series is constantly being updated.'

Smart Future Career Search

The Smart Future website is maintained by Education Queensland through its Spotlight on Science Initiative. This site provides an easy way to get information on careers that are fun, can earn you lots of money and allow you to travel the world. There are so many different jobs out there in science and technology these days, and this website will help find the right one for you!

My Brilliant Career

Provides career guidance and exploration resources including links to the following specific career sites.

United Kingdom Career Sites

Connexions Card Careers - Jobs 4 U
"Within the career bank are numerous job descriptions detailing everything from what it is like to work within a particular role, hours and environment, plus salary and other benefits."

A to Z Careers - UK

Occupational profiles provided by the Department for Employment and Learning for Northern Ireland. They provide an all age Guidance Information and Advice service to help young people and adults make informed choices about their future career paths.


"PlanIT Plus has been developed to help people of all ages to find out about career and learning opportunities in Scotland. We provide the most accurate and up-to-date career resources available online."

Careers Scotland

Careers Scotland (CS) is (part) of Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise and provides comprehensive career advice.


Choosing a career is a big decision, but don't be intimidated. There's plenty of help available to help you find the career that's right for you, delivered by the UK government.


UK's Gradute Career Website.

Input Youth Job Description Guide

Input Youth is a North Eastern Education & Library Board resource that was established in response to the real need for an information service for young people here in Northern Ireland.

New Zealand Career Sites

Career Services
Career Services is a government-funded website containing New Zealand job, industry and training information, and links to relevant websites. For other career information or guidance freephone Career Services CareerPoint.

South African Careers

Careers.co.za - South Africa Career Resources
"Careers.co.za focuses on information,tools and products for the individual, counselors, institutions that assist people in the choice of a career,the decision on what to study and where to study, information to assist with general personal development,where to find a job and available vacancies."

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