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.

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Programs at OCC

  • Academic Programs at OCC

  • Career Education Programs at OCC showcases 50 robust and exciting career education programs that deliver the education, technical training and work-based learning experiences necessary to qualify for and excel in the well-paying career of your choice in two years or fewer.

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.

Virtual Job Shadow inspires students and job seekers the real-world career opportunities by exploring job shadowing and career advice videos across the spectrum of career clusters. These videos show behind the scenes with real professionals in actual jobs and provide an in-depth look at workforce realities, showcasing what people do in their occupations and the education and skills needed.

  • Free access for OCC students to explore careers and take assessments.
  • Email the Career Center at careercenter@occ.cccd.edu to get an account set up. Make sure you include your full name, OCC student ID number, and OCC student email address. 

Eureka is a comprehensive on-line career exploration program, providing national and specializing in California occupational and educational information.   

  • Website: http://www.eureka.org
  • Click on “Create account
  • Enter Site ID Code: YFJPWYX
  • Fill out Form and create a log-in Name & Password (use your myOCC account info.)

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.

California CareerZone allows you to browse through California’s 15 leading industry sectors/career pathways and discover your possibilities. Create your free account to get started.

  • Start with Explore Industry Sectors to see different options for you to explore based on your reference.

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.

  • Visit www.vocbio.com and click on Log In

  • Username: OrangeCC

  • Password: zking
  • Follow menu choices on top to start your research

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 in Occupation Search, or

  • Start with the Find Occupations section to explore jobs by bright outlooks, green economy, STEM, and various job families.

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)

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