Research Career Options

PDF iconCareer Exploration Worksheet
This worksheet will help you reflect on what's important to you, which is the first step to understanding what to look for in a job or career. In this document, you will gather what you are good at, experiences you have had, what you would like to improve or learn and what is important to you. 

PDF iconGaining Experience Worksheet - Looking to explore careers? Consider getting involved in experiences. There are many benefits to engaging with activities on and off campus. Find your fit by rating your goals in each column. 


Below are free resources you can use to learn more about different career fields.  Explore types of jobs available in different fields, what a job entails, if the field is growing, educational requirements, salary ranges and other helpful information.

O*Net:  Look up occupations to discover tasks, skills, values, work activities, educational requirements, salary ranges and other fun facts associated with different careers.  Explore tools to help you match skills, experiences and interests to occupations and plan your next move.

Occupational Outlook Handbook:
Find career information on duties, education and training, pay and outlook for hundreds of occupations.  

Firsthand (formerly Vault): Be sure to log in from this link to ensure you are accessing Firsthand through University of Iowa Libraries. This allows you free access to services you would otherwise pay for as an independent user.

Browse, career & industry guides for many different fields within business, non-profit and government sectors.  Learn what jobs are associated with different careers and what you’d do in those positions.  Research companies, see employer rankings and view internship/job postings.

Guide to Government Careers:  Learn what government jobs offer, the types of jobs available, job search resources, how to apply and information on tuition assistance and loan forgiveness for government employees.

Get That Gig:  Explore career fields and learn more about professionals working in these areas.

Career Profiles:  Another good source of career information, salaries, and educational preparation.

Buzzfile: Locate potential employers by state and/or major.