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Exploring Jobs that Interest You

Exploring jobs that interest you will help you get a better sense of who you are, where you’re going, and how you’ll get there.

In California Career Center’s Matching Your Interests and Skills Activity, you were introduced to the California CareerZone. The California CareerZone has information on over 900 occupations. By selecting “Explore Job Families” you can begin exploring these occupations organized into 23 occupational clusters.

Continue your exploration with these resources:

California CareerZone: Make Money Choices
Begin your exploration by getting a reality check at Make Money Choices. "Choices" is a quick and fun budget building tool; you make lifestyle choices (Where do you want to live? What kind of car do you want to drive? Etc.). Then the budget tool shows you how much money you need to make to have the lifestyle you want.

California Occupational Guides
These Guides form the California Employment development Department are available in two versions: Summary Guide includes job description, job outlook and wages, and qualification requirements. Detailed Guide expands on everything in the Summary Guide plus benefits, licensing, education, training, links to possible employers, how to find a job, related occupations, and links to additional resources.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
This U.S. government website provides information about hundreds of jobs including:

  • Training and Education needed
  • Earnings
  • Expected Job Openings
  • What People Do On The Job
  • Working Conditions

What jobs are good matches for YOU? The Exploring Jobs Activity will help you use the resources on this page to find jobs that could answer this question. You can find a PDF version of this activity and all other Career Center activities on the Student Activities page.