Career Exploration

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Whether you are just starting to explore a career or you are contemplating a change, its important to choose a career that is a good fit. Career exploration is not the same as job searching. You are not just looking for a job but looking at a process of choosing education, training, and a career that is a good match for your interests, skills, and abilities.

Begin your career exploration journey by taking some self-assessments. No one knows you better than you. By first focusing on your unique talents and personal dreams, you can better establish a foundation upon which to build a career path structure.

We suggest you consider the following three websites to begin your journey.


O*Net Online

  • O*Net OnLine is an online tool created for the U.S. Department of Labor. You can find information about occupations, take self-assessments, find out about pay potential, or choose jobs related to specific tools, skills, industries, or fields of work. Visit the O*Net OnLine website listed below and start with a series of self-assessments under their Advanced Search button.

O*Net Online Overview

O*Net OnLine is an online tool created for the U.S. Department of Labor.

You can look into the following areas:

  • My Next Move: Discover new careers by searching for a dream career, browse careers by industry, or answer questions about the type of work you like to do by completing the O*Net Interest Profiler. From that profile, a list of jobs will appear that match your interest along with the amount of preparation required regarding education and experience.
  • Find Occupations: Find out information about groups of jobs based on career clusters, outlook of economy, industry, job family, job zone (based on levels of education and experience), or STEM (jobs requiring education in science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines.
  • Advanced Search: Focus on finding out more about occupations based on selected abilities, knowledge, skills, work activities, work content, values, or use of technology.
  • Crosswalks: Find out more career information regarding jobs that require apprenticeships, are related to military jobs, or reference codes from the dictionary of occupational titles or other occupational coding systems.

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Go to O'NET OnLine at the Advanced Search Site. Select skills and identify your particular strengths. Get lists of jobs that utilize that particular skill. Browse and search for jobs based on your abilities, interests, knowledge, content, tools, or technology.


  • Texas Career Check, through the Texas Workforce Commission, helps you explore the many opportunities in today's workplace. Through the website below, you can take self-assessments, identify jobs that have transferable skills to your own, look at career clusters, and other occupational information.

What is a Career Cluster?

Career Clusters contain occupations in the same field of work that require similar skills. Students and educators can use Career Clusters to help focus education plans towards obtaining the necessary knowledge, competencies, and training for success in a particular career pathway.