Researching Career & Industry

We want you to find a rewarding career that you enjoy and can thrive at so after you have assessed yourself the next step is exploring what is out there. We offer a plethora of information and ideas for you to begin your research. Review the following and then make an appointment to discuss your findings with a career counselor.

Research Careers

Determine what careers best match your personality, interests, skills, values, and lifestyle requirements. Research career titles that look interesting to you to find out what these careers actually entail.

Sites to Research Careers

The first place to start is the Career Resource Room (CRR) which is located at Career Services. Visit us here to browse through our career binders, career books and to see a counselor during drop-in hours. We also have our library in digital format! Browse through the Online Career Library for even more information about careers:

Also another top pick! Career Services has partnered with Career Dimensions, an industry leader, to bring you FOCUS 2: a new online, self-guided, interactive program designed to help you select your college major and plan your career. FOCUS 2 offers free assessments to help you better understand your personal interests, values, skills, and personality – and how they can guide you toward satisfying work. NOTE: New users must stop by the Career Resource Room to pick up an access code to create an account for FOCUS 2.

California Career Zone
You can take four assessments on this site. The quick assessment allows you to indicate your top 3 interests and receive a list of occupations that match theses interests. If you want to go more in depth, select Interest Profiler to answer 180 questions about your interests and get similar results. The next two assessments, Skill Profiler and Work Importance Profiler will assess your skills and values and then match them with occupations.

The University of Missouri's Career Interest Game
This is a game designed to help you match your interests and skills with similar careers. It can help you begin thinking about how your personality will fit in with specific work environments and careers. Come play along and see what happens!

California Career Cafe
The Career Café has career information including career assessments to identify your unique strengths, talents, and styles.

Occupational Books & Binders
Stop by our Career Resource Room and use our convenient “Occupational Index” to find the location of a particular occupation you are researching. We have over 250 Occupational Binders loaded with current career-related information. You can also view all of our books and binder information by visiting our Online Career Library.

What Can I do with a Major in...?
An alphabetical list of UCSB Majors with links to General Career Information, Professional Organizations, Internships, Job Listings, Graduate & Professional School, and UCSB Resources is designed to provide reliable, up-to-date, and relevant career information and job descriptions for aspiring professionals who are making life altering decisions about their future career path.

Careers Out There
At Careers Out There we interview professionals from all types of career paths about what they do at work.  Our guests talk about a typical day, the right educational background, skill sets, personality types, income, and share all kinds of career advice. New content is coming all the time. Short and long versions of each video are presented so that students have the option to dip a toe in or dive right in. Long videos have timeline tags so that viewers can skip around to the specific subtopics that interest them. We also provide transcripts and podcasts of the interviews as well as related resources.

Sloan Career Cornerstone Center
The Sloan Career Cornerstone Center is an ever-expanding resource for anyone interested in exploring career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing, and healthcare.

Research Industry

Research Industry trends to determine the salary level and job outlook for the career you have chosen via online magazines, govenment sites and resource sites such as Glassdoor, which allows UCSB students unlimited access via your Umail account.

Sites to Research Industry

Industry Research and Trends
Online newspapers, magazines, and many websites can help keep you informed about current industry trends for free. They are available from around the world and can help you research industries and occupational titles in order to make an informed decision about pursuing a certain career path. Here is where you will find information about employment outlook, typical salaries, forecasted job growth rates, and required training/education for certain careers.

Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)
The industry standard. The U.S. Department of Labor- Bureau of Labor Statistic’s compendium of information on hundreds of careers.

California Occupational Guides
The California version of OOH (above), the labor market information is specifically for jobs in CA. gives you a free look at company salaries, reviews and interview questions at over 27,000 companies. We have a partnership with Glassdoor that allows you to follow the link from UCSB Career Services to Glassdoor and you will get unlimited access; sign up with your university email and receive an extended 1-year basic membership for free.

America's Career Infonet
A component of CareerOneStop, this site lists information regarding Occupation Profiles, Fastest-Growing, Most Openings, Largest Employment, Declining Employment, Highest-Paying, & Industry Information.

Career Guides by JobStar
A listing of sites packed with information about planning your career. What kind of training or education is required? What can you earn? What kind of environment will you work in? What's hot?

The Riley Guide
Welcome to The Riley Guide career research center. You'll find over a hundred pages of information on popular careers. Each career has its own detail page, including information on salaries for that career by city, the number of jobs by city, forecasted job growth rates, schools relevant to training for the career, and more.

Business Week Management Area and Blog
Loaded with phenomenal career information from articles on job trends and career strategies to career videos to tools and resources for comparing salaries and living costs