Answered By: Sarah Morehouse
Last Updated: Feb 12, 2015     Views: 5

When students are in the degree planning stage, they are often curious about what kinds of careers are available with people who obtain a degree in a certain field, subject, or area of study. They want to know what the responsibilities are in those careers, as well as what the working conditions, pay, and benefits are like. They want to know if the industry is growing, holding steady, or declining, and what parts of the country or world are best for job prospects in that industry.

The answers to these questions are in the Occupational Outlook Handbook, which is an annual publication of the U.S. Department of Labor. 

For more research about particular careers and occupations, try the Vocational and Careers Collection and the Ferguson Career Guidance Center, which are databases available through the Empire State College Online Library.

For information pertaining to how to select a career and pursue a job (including writing your resume, interviewing, and negotiating your salary and benefits) check out the library's Career Guide.

You may also be interested in the college's Career Services page for alumni.

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