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Choosing a Career Path
When choosing a career path, it helps to begin by thinking about three things:
1. What are my interests and abilities?
2. Where are there career opportunities related to my interests and abilities?
3. How long do I want to prepare to begin my career?
CCAC Career Coach
Find a career based on your interests and goals. Self-assessment, resume building, career and program descriptions. Free and open to the public.
O*NET database includes information on skills, abilities, knowledges, work activities, and interests associated with occupations. This site is also home to the O*NET Interest Profiler
. This profiler allows you to choose career pathways based on the amount of time you are able to spend training.
PA Career Zone
"Pennsylvania CareerZone is a proven, successful career exploration and planning system designed especially for students. Comprehensive information on 900 occupations includes state specific wages, worker attributes, job characteristics, and much more. There are 300 career videos that give users a snap shot of the featured occupation."
Career Counseling at CCAC
“Learn more about yourself in relation to your values, career interests, academic abilities, personality traits or choosing a major. You are invited to make an appointment with a counselor. Our career counselors assist you in determining an appropriate course of action that results in meaningful and informed decision-making. Gaining an awareness of occupational and personal temperaments, study habits and job values is vital for making decisions. Career testing and interpretation is available through counselor referral.”
Career Opportunities in Metro Pittsburgh and Beyond
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Current online version of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH). The OOH is an excellent starting point for research on careers.
Partner4Work Opportunity Occupations
Partner4Work, the Workforce Development Board for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, publishes a quarterly report highlighting high-demand occupations in the Pittsburgh Metro area which typically pay a minimum of $15/hr. but do not require a bachelor’s degree for entry.