3 Methods to Conduct Career Research

After you’ve built your list of LIKES AND SKILLS you can start researching possible career options that will match.

As you search focus on the following:

-What type of work the job includes
-The type of education requirements
-The skills the position requires

Below are 3 ways to conduct your career search:

1. Career Clusterscareer cluster

A career cluster is a group of jobs possessing similar knowledge, skills and educational requirements. The U.S. Department of Education developed 16 career clusters as a way of providing a uniform framework for schools to organize curriculum around career planning.

Following are links to explore the 16 career clusters:

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Architecture and Construction
Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communication
Business Management and Administration
Education and Training
Government and Public Administration
Health Science
Hospitality and Tourism
Human Services
Information Technology
Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
Marketing, Sales and Service
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

Additional sites to research career clusters:


2.  Job Boards                     job board

Career sites like Monster, Careerbuilder, and Indeed are good places to look at job descriptions for positions companies are currently recruiting to find professionals to fill.


Job descriptions will normally include:

Job Responsibilities/Duties – work the person will be responsible for performing
Experience Requirements –  experience the individual must already possess
Education Requirements – does the position need a degree and if so, what type
Skill Requirements – these are normally soft skills that might include: being able to communicate; work in a team environment; able to listen; able to manage time.

3. Professional Associationsassociation

These are groups of like-minded professionals. Generally speaking, every profession has an association.


You can find the following information at most professional association websites:

Job boards that list open positions for that particular profession
Links to local chapters. Find your local chapter and consider attending one of the meetings to meet professionals in the career field you would like to explore.
Activities for students

Below is a link to a comprehensive list of professional organizations:


No matter what method you use, you’ll be able to start building your list of possible careers that are right for you.

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