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Start or Further a Career

You may already know what type of career you're looking to secure with your educational journey. Maybe you want to browse possibilities based on your goals and strongest skills. Perhaps you're interested in changing careers, and could use some guidance. No matter your situation, we can help you decide on and explore your career goals with actionable tools and profiles detailing what you need to know about potential jobs.

Which Career is right for you?

Answer a few quick questions about your skills, abilities, work styles and interests, and we'll show you careers that might be a good fit according to data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET)

Discover Careers That Suit Your Style

Find inspiration in the career suggestions that show up at the end of this quiz. Start over or use the "back" button if you want to change your answers.

Step 1/8
Which subject are you most interested in?

What does it mean?

Realistic

Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Investigative

Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Artistic

Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Social

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Enterprising

Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Conventional

Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

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Which of the following best describe your work interests?

What does it mean?

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Mathematics

Using mathematics to solve problems.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Science

Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Select up to 3 of the following basic skills that you excel in:

What does it mean?

Management of Financial Resources

Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.

Management of Material Resources

Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Step 4/8
Select your strongest resource management skill:

What does it mean?

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Instructing

Teaching others how to do something.

Negotiation

Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Persuasion

Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Step 5/8
Select your strongest social skill:

What does it mean?

Equipment Maintenance

Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Equipment Selection

Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

Installation

Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Operations Analysis

Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

Programming

Writing computer programs for various purposes.

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Repairing

Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Technology Design

Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.

Troubleshooting

Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Step 6/8
Select up to 3 of the following technical skills that you excel in:

What does it mean?

Achievement/Effort

Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

Adaptability/Flexibility

Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

Analytical Thinking

Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Attention to Detail

Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Concern for Others

Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

Cooperation

Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Dependability

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Independence

Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

Initiative

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Innovation

Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Integrity

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Leadership

Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Persistence

Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Self Control

Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

Social Orientation

Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Stress Tolerance

Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

Step 7/8
Select up to 3 characteristics that best describe what you personally
bring to the job:

What does it mean?

Achievement

Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Independence

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Recognition

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Relationships

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Support

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

Working Conditions

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Step 8/8
Choose what brings you the most satisfaction out of work:

Here are the careers that best match your selections:

Compare Careers to find the salary you're looking for

If you can't make up your mind on which career might be right for you, it can help to compare your top career choices, or compare your career with similar careers. Here's a clear way for you to look at the different pay you might make in one job versus another. You can also see which of your potential careers is expected to have a better job outlook in the coming years, how many positions are currently employed, and see the starting degree level needed for each.

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CareerAverage SalaryTotal EmploymentJob GrowthRequired Education 
Graphic Designers$54,680217,8104.7%Bachelor's degreeX
Marketing Managers$147,240240,44010%Bachelor's degreeX
Medical Assistants$34,540673,66029.1%Postsecondary nondegree awardX
Registered Nurses$75,5102,951,96014.8%Bachelor's degreeX
Software Developers, Systems Software$114,000405,33010.8%Bachelor's degreeX
Source: 2017 Ocupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.
Please note the data used is national data and the average salary, employment, and job growth figures may vary by state.
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Each career profile features insight into the education you'll need to do the job, the typical duties you might expect and where you might work, as well as detailed salary and job outlook data. Once you've explored these details, you can continue on to enroll in a degree program that fits the career of your choice.

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Step-By-Step Visual Career guides

Use these handy visual guides for a more in depth look at what your potential career path might look like. With guides ranging from how to become a teacher or principle, to how to become a police officer or crime scene investigator, your options are plentiful.