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Online Resources for Exploring Careers in Health Care

Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)

http://www.bls.gov/oco/

"The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. Revised every two years, the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.”

Tip:
For more information, check out the links on the left-hand side of the main page. For example, under "Tomorrow's Jobs" section, you can access charts showing population, employment trends, and even a chart of the most in-demand jobs in the next 10 years based on education and occupation.

LifeWorks: Explore Health and Medical Science Careers

http://science.education.nih.gov/LifeWorks

"LifeWorks TM is an interactive career exploration web site for middle and high school students. Users can browse for information on more than 100 medical science and health careers by title, education required, interest area, or median salary. Alternatively, the "Career Finder" can be used to generate a customized list of careers especially suited for users' skills and interests. LifeWorks promotes awareness of the wide variety of occupations in health and medical sciences and the range of opportunities at different education levels. The site complements its factual career data by highlighting true stories of successful people. They illustrate the variety of real-life career pathways, from the carefully planned to the unpredictable."

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Browse careers by an alphabetical list; interest area, education required, or median salary. The real life stories give an excellent overview of careers from people in the field. Information for 8th-12th grade students describes what to do and how to prepare for college.

ExploreHealthCareers.org

http://www.explorehealthcareers.org

This "free, multi-disciplinary, interactive health careers website [is] designed to address workforce shortages in the health professions. [It] gives students a free, reliable, and comprehensive source of accurate, up-to-date information about the health professions. This includes information on and links to health-related education/training programs, financial aid resources, specialized learning opportunities, and current issues in health care" including lack of enough minority healthcare workers and the needs of medically underserved communities.

Career Voyages: Health Care

http://www.careervoyages.gov/healthcare-main.cfm

"This web site is the result of a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to provide information on high growth, in-demand occupations along with the skills and education needed to attain those jobs."

O*NET OnLine (Occupational Information Network)

http://online.onetcenter.org

O*NET, the Occupational Information Network, serves as the nation's primary source of occupational information, providing comprehensive information on key attributes and characteristics of workers and occupations.

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Choose "Find Occupations" and enter a keyword search, or choose one of two health job families: "Healthcare Practitioners &Technical," or "Healthcare Support." Under wages and employment section, State can be specified providing U.S. and State wage/employment statistics. Further breakdowns are on the left-hand side of the page. Includes career videos.

Career Click guide to Illinois Health Science Careers

http://www.workforceinfo.state.il.us/Occupations.asp?Cluster=08

Career Click allows you to view occupations by title, education required or wages. The lists of skills for each career are handy when creating a resume. Statistics on wage and employment outlook are broken down and provided for regions in Illinois (DuPage is part of Northeast). Career videos are available for most health occupations.

Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council's Health Careers Guide

http://www.mchc.com/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?WebCode=hcg_m-p&Site=mchc

"The Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council's Health Careers Guide will help you discover what you need to do to prepare for a career in the health professions. This guide is a road map to those careers, providing valuable information on the educational requirements and skills needed for positions in nearly every health care profession -- from patient care to technology to business. [It] allows you to search job descriptions for hundreds of health careers in nursing, allied health, business and medicine [including] information on educational programs, financial aid" and more.

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Navigation links are available in the green area on the left-hand side of the page. Scroll down until you will see the Health Careers Guide section. Selections include a High School Timetable for Students.

CIS Horizons

http://ilcis.intocareers.org/default.aspx

Find information about hundreds of occupations; locate colleges and financial aid by characteristics; and take excellent Interest, Values, and Skills assessment inventories. Compare two occupations side-by-side.

Tips:
If a request for a login and password comes up, the user name is illinois and the password is careers.

To compare two occupations side-by-side, click the Occupations link on the left side of the homepage, then click the compare tab located at the top of the Occupations page. Select your first occupation by clicking the blue underlined link in the right-hand A-Z list. Select the second occupation in the same manner, and then click the compare button under the two selected occupations.

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Need assistance? Don't hesitate to contact us!

Debra J. Kakuk Smith
Professor
Health Sciences Librarian
smithkak@cod.edu

Marge A. Peters
Professor
College and Career Information Center Librarian
petersm@cod.edu

Mary S. Konkel
Professor
Head of Technical Services
konkel@cod.edu

Content first presented at:
"Explore Health Science Careers, Become Part of a Life-Saving Team" [Presentation]. Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians Exhibition . Presenters: Debra J. Kakuk, Mary S. Konkel. University Library, Governors State University, University Park, IL. 18 May 2007.

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