LIB 8 - Information Competency for Job Seekers & CalWORKS Students

Research an Occupation

Selecting a career can involve a lot of fact finding. Books and the Internet provide valuable resources that describe the skills, knowledge and abilities required to perform a job. Some of the best material is not easily accessible. Two of the most current resources are available on the Federal government and the State of California websites. These resources provide comprehensive job descriptions, training and education, earnings, job prospects and working conditions, job search tips and descriptions of other job and occupations in related fields. The following resources will help applicants make more informed decisions in their career search.


Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH). Bureau of Labor Statistics

California Occupational Guides. California Employment Development Department

CareerOneStop: Career Tools

JobWeb: Career Library

Monster: Career Advice

O*Net: Find Occupations

Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)
HF 54381 .A1O362
The Handbook is also available in print. It is revised every two years.
Includes a category for Community and social services occupations.

HF 5382.5 U5 O23 2002eb
The OHH is also available as an e-book. An e-book is viewed online and is accessible through the Hartnell College Library catalog.

Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance
Each occupational entry includes background information, vocabulary and terminology, job outlook, professional organizations and websites and related occupations.
HV 8143 .E34 2006 v. 1-5

Hefland, David P. Career Change: Everything You Need To Know to Meet New
Challenges and Take Control of Your Career
, 1999.

The Top 100: the Fastest Growing Careers in the 21st Century
Includes many careers in Community and Social Services
HF 5382 .T59 2001


E-books are accessible from the Hartnell Online Catalog and from Electronic Books on the Hartnell College Library website. You must create an account from the LRC to view E-books from your home.

America’s Top 300 Jobs: A Complete Career Handbook, 2004.

Brown, Duane. Career Choice and Development, 2004.

Copeland, Joyce Hadley. Where the Jobs Are: the Hottest Careers for the 21st Century, 2000.

Farr, Michael. A New Guide for Occupational Exploration: Linking interests, Learning and Careers, 2006.

Hunt, Christopher. The Career Navigation Handbook, 2004.

Krannich, Ronald. Change Your Job, Change Your Life: High Impact Strategies For Finding Great Jobs in the Decade Ahead, 2000.


Download and print the following activity sheets,  then complete the research activities. The PDF version requires free Adobe Acrobat Reader,, to display and print the handout. The RTF version may be displayed and printed from any word processing program.


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