Explore Career Paths
In this stage, you will research majors and explore careers using a variety of resources, many of which are offered below. Consider important elements such as career outlooks, salary information, job descriptions and — of course — how well careers align with your distinct personality.
Using your results from the Eureka and/or CA Career Zone self-assessments, complete the Major/Career Research Worksheet to guide your exploration and research.
Programs at OCC
What Can I Do with This Major? provides lists of career areas and types of employers that hire students within each major, as well as strategies to help you be a more marketable candidate. TIP: Once you click on a major, scroll to the bottom of the page to see related professional associations, occupation outlook information, related resources and employment opportunities.
California CareerZone allows you to browse through California's 15 leading industry sectors/career pathways.
Under the Explore Industry Sectors section, click on Start Exploring.
Within each sector, you can sort the list of related occupations by salary range and job zone (educational preparation required).
- Once you select a specific occupation, you can read about the job duties, related values and Holland interests, similar occupations and job titles, as well as job outlook, preparation required, and salary information.
Bonus: Register a username and password under Your Career Hub to access live listings of open positions related to that occupation.
Roadtrip Nation: Roadmap to Careers by Roadtrip Nation helps you discover how your interests can evolve into a rewarding career and equips you with a plan to get your career journey started. So whether you already have a dream job in mind, or you need to do some more exploring, Roadmap to Careers will help you take your next step.
O*NET OnLine is the nation's primary source of occupational information, offering detailed and up-to-date descriptions on U.S. occupations.
Search by keywords under Occupation Search.
Select Browse under Find Occupations to explore jobs by bright outlooks, green economy, STEM, and various job families.
- Select Focus under Advanced Search to explore jobs by a specific skill, tool, technology, value, etc.
Vocational Biographies offer an in-depth look at hundreds of careers and real career biographies from real people. The site's Career Stories contain interesting interviews, school experiences and interests, work history through current jobs and lifestyles, photos from on the job, and up-to-date career data.
Salary Surfer helps students and their families make important decisions about investing time and money in a college education by providing comparative estimates on the potential wages to be earned two and five years after receiving a certificate or degree in certain academic disciplines.
Under the Let's Get Started! section, select a program of study from the drop-down menu to see specific programs and their earnings potential.
Click on the + symbol next to a program to see what California's community colleges offer for that particular program.
Industry-Specific Career Exploration Resources
- Federal Careers by Major – Featured on USAJOBS.gov, the government’s official job/internship website, this resource allows you to see what government careers are applicable to your college major.
- Allied Health – connects students with the best and most affordable higher education programs in the medical and allied health fields.
- Discover Health Administration – Learn about careers and education in the business side of Healthcare
- Discover Accounting – Explore career paths within the accounting field.
- Careers in Business – Explore careers in the field of business such as finance, marketing, human resources, and more.
- OC Biotech Education – Explore careers in the exciting field of biotechnology, including bio-manufacturing, genetics, cosmetics, biofuel, and more. Plus, there is information on certificate programs, classes, and employment options within Orange County!
- Careers in Communication – Explore the various career paths you could pursue with a degree in communication.
- Top Careers in Computer Science – Explore careers in the computer, information technology, programming, and web development fields.
- Careers in Education – Explore career options within teaching, education, and administration.
- Environmental Science – Explore educational and career paths related to environmental science, sustainability, agriculture, forestry, managements, and more. Be sure to explore the various options under the drop-down menu (top right corner) labeled “Environmental Science Careers.”
- Exercise Science Guide – Explore careers in fitness, physical therapy, sports medicine, and much more.
- Explore Health Careers – Explore careers in medicine, healthcare, physical therapy, allied health, and much more.
- Get in Media – Explore careers in film and television, music, gaming, live events, and more.
- Find Your Nursing Path – Nurses are almost always in demand and there are more specialties and opportunities than you may think. This resource will introduce you to the wide variety of academic pathways to become a nurse.
- Careers in Psychology – Explore the various career paths you could pursue with a degree in psychology.
Sloan Career Cornerstone – Explore careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)