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California Occupational Guides

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The California Occupational Guides provides detailed information on California wages, job outlook, education, and licensing requirements for approximately 300 occupations. The Guides offer students and jobseekers occupational information to assist with making informed career choices. Informed career decisions lead to a satisfying work life. The occupational guides are available in two versions summary and detailed. The Summary Guide includes job description, job outlook and wages, and qualification requirements. The 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.

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  • Key Word Search 
    Select this option if you know the occupation you are interested in researching.

  • Alphabetical List
    List of all California Occupational Guides available online in alphabetical order.

  • Educational Level
    Use this option to view a list of occupations by educational level and degree type.

  • Fastest Growing Occupations
    Use this option to view occupational guides for occupations with the highest projected openings.

  • Topic Search
    Not certain what careers interest you? Use this option to narrow your focus.

  • Job Title
  • How Do I Prepare for the Job?
  • What Does the Job Do?
  • How Do I Find the Job?
  • What Skills Are Important?
  • Where Can This Job Lead?
  • What's the Work Environment?
  • Other Sources of Information
  • What's the California Job Outlook?
  • Interest Area (allows jobseekers to match similar jobs)
  • What Does the Job Pay?

The California Occupational Guides provide a useful tool for many Californians who are researching occupations:

High school students use Guides to identify attractive careers and focus their education and training plans to meet job entrance requirements.

Counselors, career center staff, and parents use Guides to supplement their own knowledge of careers while assisting students with career decision making.

Adults interested in changing careers use Guides to discover what other job options relate to their skills and interests.

Recent arrivals to California use the Guides to acquaint themselves with the California labor market in their field.

Job seekers review Guides to refresh their skills vocabulary to better describe past accomplishments and duties in resumes and interviews.

Helpful tips and information to help you find the information you need using the California Occupational Guides.

  • Use the Alphabetical Index to quickly locate job titles that you are interested in.

  • If you are having difficulty locating a job title, look up the job title or keyword on the Occupation CodeFinder. The CodeFinder returns a list of matching occupations and links to the online Occupation Profile.

  • Familiarize yourself with the interest area definitions in the Guide Introduction and use the Interest Area Index to locate occupations that best fit your interests.

  • First read about an occupation as a start in career decision-making. Then talk to local people who actually work in the occupation to add more insight into the pros and cons of an occupation. Reading the Guide first will give you enough background to form meaningful questions. Use local chapters of professional associations to locate persons who would be willing to give you a few minutes of time to answer questions about their profession.

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