Interested in finding out more about a particular job or career? Job descriptions are available online for a variety of occupations in just about every industry. Review job descriptions to help choose a career field, to prepare for interviewing, and to get the inside scoop on a wide variety of careers. The more information you have, the better prepared you will be for the career of your choice. If you have a good understanding of the job description and the requirements for positions(s) you are interviewing you will be able to provide informed responses to the interviewers question.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Where should you look for job descriptions? The best place to start is the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook. 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.
The Handbook provides a variety of ways to search for job descriptions. There are listings by occupational cluster:
- Professional and Related
- Service Administrative Support
- Farming and Related
- Installation and Related Production
- Job Opportunities in the Armed Forces
Users can search for a specific occupation or use the A - Z index to find job descriptions for occupations ranging from Able Seamen to Zoologists and just about everything in between.
Monster has a list of job profiles for 120 occupations ranging from Accountant to Zoo Caretaker. Each listing contains a job description, the required skills and education, the outlook and related careers.
Video interviews with professionals in law, programming, the arts, politics, media or marketing are available at Streaming Futures. These interviews give good insight into a particular career from someone actually doing the job.
There are other sites that contain profiles contributing by people actually working in the job described, sites where you can search for jobs by career category or industry and sites where you can explore career options:
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If you are not sure what job description might fit your interests consider career counseling as a way to consider career options. In addition,career tests can be used to assess or determine your aptitude for a certain type of occupation or career.