How to Research Careers and Salaries

Kathleen writes:
Could you possibly advise me where to go to research various careers and the
current average salary for each career? It would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you.



The Career Doctor responds:
The best source for conducting your initial research is the Occupational Outlook Handbook
published by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. This publication updated
annually provides general information about types of jobs within a large number of occupations;
the outlook for job growth; working conditions; average earnings; education and training required;
related occupations; and sources for finding more information. The Handbook is a great place to
start your search. Contact your local library or go online to access the Handbook.
From there I would locate the professional organizations for those careers. For example if you
were interested in marketing as a career I would recommend contacting the American Marketing
Association to learn more about careers in marketing. To get salary information for a specific
geographic location I would use one of the many salary calculators available online.
Since you’re in college I would also recommend that you use the many resources available to
you in your college’s career services office as well as talking with professors who teach in the
areas you are considering.
To find links to key career resources go to:
Career Exploration Resources.
To find a wealth of research material go to this section of Quintessential Careers:
Guide to Researching
Companies Industries and Countries
.

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Kathleen writes:
Could you possibly advise me where to go to research various careers and the
current average salary for each career? It would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you.



The Career Doctor responds:
The best source for conducting your initial research is the Occupational Outlook Handbook
published by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. This publication updated
annually provides general information about types of jobs within a large number of occupations;
the outlook for job growth; working conditions; average earnings; education and training required;
related occupations; and sources for finding more information. The Handbook is a great place to
start your search. Contact your local library or go online to access the Handbook.
From there I would locate the professional organizations for those careers. For example if you
were interested in marketing as a career I would recommend contacting the American Marketing
Association to learn more about careers in marketing. To get salary information for a specific
geographic location I would use one of the many salary calculators available online.
Since you’re in college I would also recommend that you use the many resources available to
you in your college’s career services office as well as talking with professors who teach in the
areas you are considering.
To find links to key career resources go to:
Career Exploration Resources.
To find a wealth of research material go to this section of Quintessential Careers:
Guide to Researching
Companies Industries and Countries
.

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