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Explore Nearly 300 Occupations with California Occupational Guides!

  What are the Occupational Guides?
  Tips for Exploring Occupations Using the Guides
What are the Occupational Guides?

The California Occupational Guides furnish 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.

What's in an Occupational Guide?

Most of the Guides contain these sections:
  • Job Title
  • What Does the Job Do?
  • What Skills Are Important?
  • What's the Work Environment?
  • What's the California Job Outlook?
  • What Does the Job Pay?
  • How Do I Prepare for the Job?
  • How Do I Find the Job?
  • Where Can This Job Lead?
  • Other Sources of Information
  • Interest Area (allows jobseekers to match similar jobs)
You can find more details on each section including an explanation on why each segment is important in "What Is in a California Occupational Guide?"

Who Uses the California Guides?

The 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 technicians, 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.

View the California Occupational Guides

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