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Identifying Career Possibilities

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10 Best College Majors for Your Personality - Laurence Shatkin
ISBN: 9781593575472
Publication Date: 2008-03-01

By choosing a major that fits their personality, college students may improve their career certainty, graduation rates, and even school involvement and satisfaction, according to research. With this new book, students discover their personality type and the 10 best majors that relate to it. A self-assessment helps readers determine their personality type: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. Extensive descriptions of each major include information on typical sequences of high school and college courses, specializations in the major, related Classification of Instructional Programs, full descriptions of related jobs with two- or three-level personality code, work tasks, earnings, growth, openings, verbal and math skill ratings, and other helpful details.


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College Major Quizzes - John J. Liptak
ISBN: 9781593578671
Publication Date: 2011-07-01

Despite economic slowdown, or perhaps because of it, college enrollment is booming. More adults are going back to school to upgrade their skills or change careers entirely. More high school students are entering college, uncertain of what to study but certain they need a degree. The result: more and more students are encountering the obstacle that is choosing a college major.

The 12 assessements in College Major Quizzes coach readers through the process of making that decision. By assessing their skills, interest, values, goals, personality, preferences, motives, assumptions, learning styles, and long-term career plans, this book helps readers explore their options, evaluate the merits of each, and choose the college program that fits them and their career goals best. The quizzes are easy to take, score, and interpret, and each chapter contains checklists and activities to help readers make the most of their results. In addition, the book includes brief descriptions of the 100 most common college majors, making it easy for students to research their options and confirm their choices.


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Book of Majors 2012 - College Board Editors
ISBN: 9780874479683
Publication Date: 2011-07-05
The Book of Majors 2012 helps students answer these questions: What’s the major for me? Where can I study it? What can I do with it after graduation? Revised and refreshed every year, this book is the most comprehensive guide to college majors on the market. In-depth descriptions of 200 of the most popular majors are followed by complete listings of every major offered at more than 3,800 colleges, including four-year, two-year, and technical schools.The 2012 edition has been expanded to include many emerging new majors identified by the U.S. Department of Education—more than 1,100 majors are listed in all. This is also the only guide that shows what degree levels each college offers in a major, whether a certificate, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate. The guide features• insights—from the professors themselves—on how each major is taught, what preparation students will need, other majors to consider and much more• updated information on career options and employment prospects• inside scoop on how students can find out if a college offers a strong program for a particular major, what life is like for students studying that major, and what professional societies and accrediting agencies to refer to for more background on the major

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150 Best Recession-Proof Jobs - JIST Publishing Editors; Laurence Shatkin
ISBN: 9781593576233
Publication Date: 2008-11-01
In a rocky economy, everyone wants a rock-solid career. And you don’t need to trade salary for security. This new book uncovers the 150 most secure, good-paying jobs in good and bad times. A total of 75 lists rank the best recession-proof jobs by pay, growth, and openings, plus by education level, personality type, career clusters/interests, age, part-time work, and self-employment. Bonus lists reveal the most recession-proof metropolitan areas and states, the most recession-proof skills, and the jobs very sensitive to recession. The detailed job descriptions give helpful facts on pay, growth, openings, tasks, skills needed, education and training required, work environment, job security, highest- and lowest-growth industries for the job, and fastest-growing metropolitan areas for the job. A special part explains how to recession-proof your career, how the information can help in both good and bad economic times, and the short-term and long-term outlook. Readers gain career tips for shaky times, including how to be the irreplaceable worker.

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150 Best Jobs for a Better World - Laurence Shatkin; JIST Works, Inc. Staff (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9781593574765
Publication Date: 2007-11-01
Improve the world through your work while enjoying many rewards, including good pay. This special book covers jobs that let you do good for others or society and yourself. Through 100 best jobs lists and 150 job descriptions, you explore careers in health, education, fine arts, public safety, social service, natural resources, and more. Plus, the careers are ranked by pay, growth, and openings, so that you can do well while doing good. The occupations have job functions that directly affect lives and the world in positive ways, regardless of employer. Best jobs lists are organized by 6 world-saving criteria, 3 economic factors, 11 education and training levels, 15 interest clusters, 6 personality types, and more. The job descriptions reveal salary, growth through 2014, annual openings, percentages of part-time and self-employed workers, tasks, skills needed, education and training programs, related knowledge and courses, and work environment. The authors explain how they chose the jobs, how to use your job and your life to make the world better, and how world-improving jobs can have many kinds of rewards.

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The Career Chronicles - Michael Gregory
ISBN: 9781577315735
Publication Date: 2008-04-28
"In this guide, over 750 professionals speak candidly about "the good, the bad, and the ugly" of two dozen popular professions. Dispensing with romantic fantasies, real-world professionals - from nurses and pharmacists to architects and attorneys - speak about the day-to-day realities of their careers." "Chapters include overviews of each profession, followed by helpful information about education, testing, and registration and licensing requirements; the number of positions across the country; and the average starting or median annual salaries. This valuable resource is filled with the open, personal insights and observations most students and career-changers want - and need - to make informed decisions about what they will do with the rest of their lives."--BOOK JACKET.

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Ready or Not, Here Life Comes - Mel Levine
ISBN: 9780743262248
Publication Date: 2005-01-11
Parents and schools often raise children in a highly structured world of overscheduled activities, meeting kids' demands for immediate gratification but leaving them unable to cope on their own. Instead of making a smooth transition into adulthood, many youngsters find themselves trapped in their teenage years, traveling down the wrong career road, unable to function in the world of work. These young people have failed, says Dr. Levine, to properly assess their strengths and weaknesses and have never learned the basics of choosing and advancing through the stages of a career. Dr. Levine urges that schools focus less on college prep (which, he points out, generally means "college admissions prep") and instead teach "life prep," equipping adolescents with what they will need to succeed as adults. It is these abilities that ensure a successful transition into the startup years of early adulthood. Parents, schools, and adolescents themselves can all work together to improve work-life readiness, and Dr. Levine shows how. He even offers advice for young adults who find themselves unable to navigate the world of careers.

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New Guide for Occupational Exploration, Fourth Edition - Michael Farr; Laurence Shatkin
ISBN: 9781593571795
Publication Date: 2005-01-01
The New Guide for Occupational Exploration gives you a feel for specific careers and whether they match your interests. It begins by asking you to identify your interest level in 16 Interest Areas. You then examine Work Groups of jobs within the cluster to identify types of careers that interest you most. Finally, specific jobs are listed within those Work Groups. The process is simple, and after you narrow down your options, you are provided with loads of information for each Work Group to help you decide which jobs to explore in more detail.

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Talkative Types and Others with the Gift of Gab - Marjorie Eberts; Margaret Gisler
ISBN: 9780071467797
Publication Date: 2006-09-01
Vital information in each book includes: Suggested jobs in a wide range of settings, from the office to the outdoors A selection of jobs with different levels of educational requirements Advice on competing in hot job markets Tips on transforming hobbies into job skills

 

Jobs by College Majors

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What to Do with Your English or Communications Degree - Rachel Klein; Lisa Vollmer; Princeton Review Staff
ISBN: 9780375766244
Publication Date: 2007-09-18
Many students major in the Humanities or Social Sciences because they love their chosen academic fields, however few schools provide solid advice about how students can apply their studies to a career. This unique and informative guide directs English and Communications majors to career paths that will make the most of their educational backgrounds. It includes chapters on further academic study, fellowship opportunities, and understanding career options, as well as practical and detailed job search tips and strategies.

What to Do with Your English or Communications Degree includes:
·Practical advice on identifying career goals
·Profiles of popular career paths
·Interview and networking tips
·Special Q&A section with former majors who are now successfully pursuing careers they love
·Appendices that provide listings of relevant internship and fellowship opportunities

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What to Do with Your History or Political Science Degree - Sarah Dunham; Lisa Vollmer; Princeton Review Staff
ISBN: 9780375766268
Publication Date: 2007-09-18
Many students major in the Humanities or Social Sciences because they love their chosen academic fields, however few schools provide solid advice about how students can apply their studies to a career. This unique and informative guide directs History and Political Science majors to career paths that will make the most of their educational backgrounds. It includes chapters on further academic study, fellowship opportunities, and understanding career options, as well as practical and detailed job search tips and strategies.

What to Do with Your History or Political Science Degree includes:
·Practical advice on identifying career goals
·Profiles of popular career paths
·Interview and networking tips
·Special Q&A section with former majors who are now successfully pursuing careers they love
·Appendices that provide listings of relevant internship and fellowship opportunities

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Career Opportunities in Science - Susan Echaore-McDavid
ISBN: 9780816071326
Publication Date: 2008-08-01
Science is research, experimentation, and discovery. It is also about applying scientific knowledge to solve problems, invent new technologies, and develop new products. Many career opportunities are available in science and technology, from academia and government to biomedicine, health, energy, business, law, and communications. Career Opportunities in Science details more than 90 jobs in the field, including Ecologist, Geneticist, Bioinformatics Scientist, Biochemist, Climatologist, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist, Actuary, Computer Scientist, Information Security Specialist, Crop Scientist, Pathologist, Medical Physicist, Criminalist, Science Writer.

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Great Jobs for Geology Majors - Blythe Camenson
ISBN: 9780071467759
Publication Date: 2006-09-18

A degree in geology is a rock-solid step toward success!

You've worked hard for that geology degree. Now what? Sometimes the choice of careers can seem endless; the most difficult part of a job search is narrowing down your options.

Great Jobs for Geology Majorswill help you choose the right career out of the myriad possibilities at your disposal. It provides detailed profiles of careers in your field along with the basic skills necessary to begin a focused job search.


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Great Jobs for Foreign Language Majors - Stephen Lambert; Julie DeGalan
ISBN: 9780071476140
Publication Date: 2007-03-16
Great Jobs for Foreign Language Majors will help you choose the right career out of the myriad possibilities at your disposal. It provides detailed profiles of careers in your field along with the basic skills necessary to begin a focused job search. Determine the occupation that's best suited for you. Craft a resume' and cover letter that stand out from the rest Learn from practicing professionals about everyday life on the job. Become familiar with current statistics on salaries and trends within the profession Go from foreign language major to: hotel manager, tour director * foreign student advisor * hospital staff interpreter, ESL teacher, undercover agent, librarian, travel agent, customer service manager.

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Great Jobs for Liberal Arts Majors - Blythe Camenson
ISBN: 9780071482141
Publication Date: 2007-09-11

A liberal arts degree offers abundant job possibities!

You've worked hard for that liberal arts degree. Now what? Sometimes the choice of careers can seem endless; the most difficult part of a job search is narrowing down your options.

Great Jobs for Liberal Arts Majors will help you choose the right career out of the myriad possibilities at your disposal. It provides detailed profiles of careers in your field along with the basic skills necessary to begin a focused job search. You'll soon be on the fast track to landing a job that satisfies your personal, professional, and practical needs


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Great Jobs for Criminal Justice Majors - Stephen Lambert; Debra Regan
ISBN: 9780071476133
Publication Date: 2007-03-16
Fighting crime pays! You've worked hard for that criminal justice degree. Now what? Sometimes the choice of careers can seem endless; the most difficult part of a job search is narrowing down your options. Great Jobs for Criminal Justice Majors will help you choose the right career out of the myriad possibilities at your disposal. It provides detailed profiles of careers in your field along with the basic skills necessary to begin a focused job search. You'll soon be on the fast track to landing a job that satisfies your personal, professional, and practical needs. Great Jobs for Criminal Justice Majors will help you: Determine the occupation that's best suited for you Craft a resume and cover letter that stand out from the rest. Learn from practicing professionals about everyday life on the job. Become familiar with current statistics on salaries and trends within the profession Go from criminal justice major to: * legal researcher * lawyer * police officer * paralegal * FBI agent * parole officer * bailiff * victim advocate * court administrator

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Great Jobs for Economics Majors - Blythe Camenson
ISBN: 9780071467742
Publication Date: 2006-09-18

A degree in economics adds up to success!

You've worked hard for that economics degree. Now what? Sometimes the choice of careers can seem endless; the most difficult part of a job search is narrowing down your options.

Great Jobs for Economics Majors will help you choose the right career out of the myriad possibilities at your disposal. It provides detailed profiles of careers in your field along with the basic skills necessary to begin a focused job search. You'll soon be on the fast track to landing a job that satisfies your personal, professional, and practical needs. Great Jobs for Economics Majors will help you:

  • Determine the occupation that's best suited to you
  • Craft a resume and cover letter that stand out from the rest
  • Learn from practicing professionals about everyday life on the job
  • Become familiar with current statistics on salaries and trends within the profession

Go from economics major to:
Loan officer * Bank manager * Financial aid director * Cost analyst * Retail manager * Estate planner * Sales representative * Market analyst * University professor


 

Exploring Specific Fields

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Career Opportunities in Health Care - Shelly Field; Lori Kemper (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780816068289
Publication Date: 2007-10-01
Health care is among today's fastest-growing and most exciting industries. Between 2004 and 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, more new jobs-about 3.6 million-will be created in health care than in any other industry. Career Opportunities in Health Care, Third Edition details more than 80 jobs in this thriving field, including: Physician Assistant, Optometrist, Nurse-Midwife, Home Health Aide, Social Worker, Patient Advocate, Respiratory Therapist, Nutritional Counselor, EKG Technician, Mental Health Counselor, Personal Trainer, Medical Writer.

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Top 100 Computer and Technical Careers, Fourth Edition - Michael Farr
ISBN: 9781593576028
Publication Date: 2008-08-01
Explore 100 careers focused on computer and other technologies, assess which ones match your skills, and get the job you want quickly with this authoritative resource. In one time-saving volume, job seekers and students find everything they need to research careers; learn about pay, outlook, education, and skills for the 100 jobs; match their personal skills to the jobs; and take seven steps to land a good job in less time.

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Information Technology - Amanda Kirk
ISBN: 9780816076017
Publication Date: 2009-07-01
Information Technology provides readers with the tools necessary to take their career in a new direction in this growing field. Featuring invaluable tips and advice for career changers looking to navigate their way into a career in information technology, this new resource offers interviews with professionals working in the field, helpful self-assessment questions, and more.

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Engineering, Mechanics, and Architecture - Kelly Wiles
ISBN: 9780816079964
Publication Date: 2010-04-01
Engineering, Mechanics, and Architecture is a handy new guide for readers interested in switching jobs. Complete with useful advice, tips for career changers, interviews with professionals, and self-assessment questions, this resource has everything readers need to land a job in this field.

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Career Opportunities in Forensic Science - Susan Echaore-McDavid; Richard A. McDavid
ISBN: 9780816061563
Publication Date: 2008-03-01
Forensic science is the application of scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge to legal issues. Hence, the field of forensic science is remarkably broad in scope, encompassing everything from art and engineering to medicine and law. Career Opportunities in Forensic Science offers a comprehensive view of careers in the field, with complete information for the 21st century on more than 80 jobs, including Accident Reconstruction Specialist, Computer Forensics Specialist, Crime Scene Investigator, Criminologist, DNA Analyst, Fire Investigator, Forensic Engineer, Forensic Pathologist, Forensic Science Researcher, Forensic Sculptor, Medical Examiner, Prosecuting Attorney.

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Jobs That Matter - Heather Krasna
ISBN: 9781593577872
Publication Date: 2010-06-01
Interest in public service careers has mounted substantially because thousands of people have shifted their focus away from corporate America to pursue jobs that are more secure and meaningful. Jobs That Matter empowers students, job seekers, and career changers to pinpoint the right public service careers for their interests and abilities. Readers will learn how to find great jobs in the local, state, and federal government, as well as in nonprofit or corporate organizations serving the public good. To help readers score these jobs, this guide provides practical, results-oriented strategies on how to build and maintain a network; write powerful resumes and cover letters; stand out during the interview process; and more. In addition, this guide provides profiles of people in various public service careers, showing how they scored their jobs and what their jobs are like.

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Becoming a Teacher - LearningExpress Staff
ISBN: 9781576856932
Publication Date: 2009-08-16
Find out with Becoming a Teacher, which provides an insightful overview of the profession, information on specialization areas, salaries and benefits, and an outlook for the profession as a whole. In Becoming a Teacher, you will find: - The pros and cons of teachers' experiences plus a self-test to see if teaching is a career that suits you - A round-up of bachelors and masters programs as well as alternative teacher certification programs - Information on the admissions process, tuition, financial aid, and scholarships - Various job opportunities in the profession, including hiring trends, local, state, volunteer, and substitute teaching positions - Sample resumes as well as what to expect in the interview process - Tips on managing students, classrooms, parents, supervisors, the union, and the board of education

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Arts and Entertainment - Print Matters; S. J. Stratford
ISBN: 9780816075959
Publication Date: 2009-03-01
Arts and Entertainment is a useful guide designed to help those interested in switching jobs. Featuring self-assessment questions, notes from the field, further resources, and more, this handy new book helps readers land a new job in the arts and entertainment industry.

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Food and Culinary Arts - Print Matters; Kenneth C. Mondschein
ISBN: 9780816075997
Publication Date: 2009-03-01
Food and Culinary Arts helps those interested in exploring new careers in these innovative professions. This helpful new guide examines various job possibilities and provides readers with useful self-assessment questions and interviews with professionals in the field to get them started on their career path.

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Advertising and Public Relations - Stan Tymorek
ISBN: 9780816079612
Publication Date: 2010-06-01
There were 48,000 advertising and public relations businesses in the United States in 2006, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employing more than 500,000 people, the fields of advertising and public relations are projected to grow by 14 percent through 2016. Together they offer almost unlimited opportunity for talented, creative, and dedicated workers. But they are also known to have intense, high-pressure work atmospheres and are very sensitive to economic ups and downs.

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Opportunities in Museum Careers - Blythe Camenson
ISBN: 9780071467698
Publication Date: 2006-09-20

Exhibit Your Talents with a Great Career in the World of Museums

Get started in a career that has a future and is financially rewarding. Opportunities in Museum Careers provides you with a complete overview of the job possibilities, salary figures, and experience required to find a job at a museum.

This career-boosting book will help you:

  • Determine the specialty that's right for you, from collections to fundraising to administration
  • Acquire in-depth knowledge of the museum world
  • Find out what kind of salary you can expect
  • Understand the daily routine of your chosen field
  • Focus your job search using industry resources

Enjoy a great career as a:
curator * marketing director * exhibit designer * researcher * archivist * public relations coordinator


This publication was supported in part by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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