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Researching Careers and Employers

Research Careers

The Career Gateway
Access online tools, resources and leads that will help you be more successful in finding and securing employment.

Magazine & Journal Articles: Career Choice
free with your library card
Read online articles from a variety of publications.

San Diego Area Labor Market Information
Learn about the hottest occupations, wages and salaries, skills and training requirements, and much more.

California Occupational Guides
Find job descriptions, job outlook and wages, and qualification requirements for a variety of careers.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Provides information on training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job and working conditions for hundreds of different types of jobs.

A U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored Web site that offers career resources and workforce information to job seekers.

Jobstar: Career Guides
Career guides with information about job requirements, training, outlook and settings.

Key to Career Success
Connects veterans and transitioning service members with high quality career planning, training, and job search resources.

O*NET Online
An interactive application for exploring and searching occupations.

The Riley Guide: Explore Career Options
Career and occupational guides, choosing a career path, changing careers and more.

San Diego Mature Workforce Coalition
Informative tips, articles, career advice and other information to assist older job seekers and career changers.


California Careerzone Self-Assessments
Three self-assessments to help you explore careers based on your personality, interests and values.

Career Voyages' Career Compass
Tool to help you use your interests to find occupations that you might like to do.

mySkills myFuture
Explore new career options based on the skills you've used in a past job.

Research Employers

Business & Investing Research Guide
SDCL's guide to sources of business news and information.
Provides career resources, company reviews and salaries for over 80,000 companies.

JobStar: Researching Companies
Want to stand out from the job search competition when responding to job ads? Find the best employer in the Hidden Job Market? The more you know, the better you will look to the employer!

The Riley Guide: Research and Target Employers
Find employers and organizations you want to work for, and know what you need to know before you interview or apply.

Vault: Research Companies
Provides insider information, news and advice about companies, industries and specific jobs.

Salary Information

JobStar: Salary Information
Find negotation tips and links to more than 300 salary surveys.

The Riley Guide: Salary Guides and Guidance
Links to salary and compensation guides, articles on negotiating job offers, and cost of living information.
Contains information relating to compensation, and lists salary statistics for hundreds of positions.

See also:

Coping With Unemployment

Skills Building, Education & Training

Job Search Strategies & Listings


Resumes & Job Applications

Interview Preparation


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