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Researching Occupations Theme Page

Here are a number of links to Internet sites which contain information and/or other links related to the specific theme of researching occupations. Students can find job descriptions/profiles, salaries, educational requirements, links to professional organizations for a wide range of occuations. Also, there are links to more general occupational information such as employment and labour market trends and occupational outlooks. There is at least one link to a lesson plan incorporating occupational research. Please read our disclaimer.


B.C. WorkInfoNet
The mission of BC WorkInfoNet is "to make useful on-line labour market and career information accessible to British Columbians." There are two resources of particular value for students conducting research on occupations.
  • Work Futures: British Columbia Occupational Outlooks The 1996 Edition of "Work Futures: British Columbia Occupational Outlooks" (formerly "Job Futures") provides employment facts and information about trends in today's labour market and predictions how labour market conditions and employment prospects will change over the next decade. Data cover 190 occupational groups.
  • Work Scene: BC Work Futures for Youth Designed specifically for young people, WorkScene contains close to 200 profiles of career areas. Each profile includes detailed info on what it's like to work in that field, where the jobs are, how many jobs there are, how much money people in the field make, what skills the industry is looking for and more.

BLS Career Information
The US Bureau of Labour Statistics has developed a series of pages for elementary age students. These pages use the orientation of "Jobs for Kids who like... " (Music/Arts, Science, P.E./Outdoors, Social Studies, Reading, or Math) to introduce them to about half a dozen specific careers in each subject field. With each career, students can learn what the workers do, what the job is like, how to prepare for the job, its future, its pay, similar jobs, and where to get more information. Information on these pages was drawn from the bureau's wide ranging labour statistics publication and then simplied for young students. A direct link to that publication (Occupational Outlook Handbook) is located further down this CLN page. It is also accessible from within the BLS site.

California Occupational Guides
Here are about 300 profiles of specific occupations or occupation fields which provide information about job duties, working conditions, employment outlook, wages, benefits, entrance requirements, and training.

Career Paths Online
Career Paths Online is the Internet version of "Career Paths Newspaper", a planning guide for BC students. This link is to their section on "career sectors" which has profiles on a wide spectrum of careers including facts on educational requirements, stats on industry growth, and pay scales (Canadian$).

Exploring Occupations
This University of Manitoba site has links to information on a very wide range of careers. Some links are found within their "career spotlights" and some are found within their list of links to over 30 career fields. Check out their occupational profiles as well.

JobSmart
JobSmart provides meta-lists of links to career resources. Two of their resources provide particularly valuable information to students researching occupations.
  • Guides for Specific Careers A meta-list of links to sites with information on specific careers. Select from over 40 career fields and learn: What kind of training or education is required? What can you earn? What kind of environment will you work in? What's hot? What's not? Some links also provide personal stories from people working in the field.
  • Salary Information A meta-list of links to sites with information on salaries (US). Select from over specific professions or choose links on general salary surveys.

Jobs on the Net
This lesson plan/unit will help teachers instruct students how to use the Internet to find jobs and related job data. Students will explore why they should use the Internet for a job search; identify their interests, skills, abilities and jobs that match these attributes; research current occupational trends; identify keywords for a job search on the Internet; and execute a job search.

Labour Market Trends - Human Resources Development Canada
This page links to a number of sections of the HRDC website on Labour Market trends. The following three sites may be of particular interest.

  • Canada Prospects This easy to read magazine is published annually to educate and inform Canadians about career choices. The 2001/2002 edition has a good section on labour market information. There is also a guide for teachers and facilitators on how to use Canada prospects.
  • Job Futures 2000 A meta-list of links to sites with information on salaries (US). Select from over specific professions or choose links on general salary surveys.
  • Labour Market Information In this section, you can search for occupation information for local labour markets across Canada.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
There are lots of data on jobs at this site. For example, students can look up specific jobs and find out the nature of the work, working conditions, employment data, job outlook, and much more. Although this is a US Government resource, there is still lots there that would be applicable for Canadian students.

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