Researching Careers & Industries

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 resources and then make an appointment with a career counselor to discuss what you uncovered.

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 career counselor during drop-in hours.

Check out the following resources:

Access Vault through Career Services' Handshake Resources page to learn about occupations, industries, and careers through hundreds of downloadable guides, reviews, and job and internship database.

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 60 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. Check out Career Possibilities. Come play along and see what happens!

California Career Cafe
The Career Café has career information including helping to identify your unique strengths and interests as well as research different career pathways.

Careers Out There
At Careers Out There, the videos helps you answer the "What careers are there?" and "What career is right for me?" questions by featuring interviews with real professionals who talk about what they do at work, who makes the right fit for their paths, how to break in and how to succeed.

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 Industries

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 Industries

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.

Access Vault through Career Services' Handshake Resources page to learn about occupations, industries, and careers through hundreds of downloadable guides, reviews, and job and internship database.

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.

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, & Employment Trends by Industry and Occupation.

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?

Bloomberg Businessweek
Loaded with phenomenal insights and in-depth analysis on the people, companies, events, and trends shaping today's complex global economy.