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Holthusen Hall, First Floor
1324 W. Wisconsin Avenue
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-7423
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Research career fields

The best way to learn what it is really like in a particular career fields is through research. This can be done in two ways: online resources and informational interviewing (talking to people in the field).

For each career field you are exploring be sure gather at least the following information:

  1. Salary range
  2. Employment outlook
  3. Education requirements
  4. General description of career/job
  5. Skills needed
  6. Work environment/conditions
  7. What people in this field like and dislike about their positions

Online Resources
All career research comes from one place: the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Below are some of our favorite online resources which offer different ways to locate and organize the data.

  1. O*Net Center
  2. Occupational Outlook Handbook
  3. CareerOneStop
  4. Career Info Net

Informational interviewing
Talking to people who currently are in positions and career fields that interest you is one of the best ways to gain valuable career information. More often than not, people are open to being interviewed about their careers and career paths. Typically people, especially alumni, are excited to share advice and contacts with students.