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    Top Career Web Sites for Children and Teens

    Career assessments and tests help you explore who you. Career books and web sites give you a glimpse of the world of work. Free career information is available on web sites. Some writers have written facts for children and teens. We would like to share some information with you. These web sites use graphics, multimedia presentation, activities, and other techniques to expand our knowledge of careers. We have written information on seventeen (17) web sites. Here are the four different types of exploring careers web sites:


    General Career Information

    Science Career Clusters

    Specific Science Careers

    Curriculum Web Sites

    Curriculum web sites provide activities, tests, guidelines, as well as career information.

    Resource One: Career Cruiser

    Source: Florida Department of Education

    The Career Cruiser is a career exploration guidebook for middle school students. The Career Cruiser has self assessment activities to match personal interests to careers. The Career Cruiser has information on Holland Codes. Careers are grouped into 16 career clusters. The Career Cruiser has information on occupational descriptions, average earnings, and minimum educational level required for the job.

    Teacher’s Guide is also available.

    Resource Two: Elementary Core Career Connection

    Source: Utah State Office of Education

    The Core Career Connections is a collection of instructional activities, K to 6, and 7 to 8, designed by teachers, counselors, and parents. Each grade level has instructional activities that align directly with the Utah State Core. This instructional resource provides a framework for teachers, counselors, and parents to integrate career awareness with the elementary and middle level grade students.

    Career Information Web Sites

    Some web sites provide excellent career information. Some web sites list facts about job tasks, wages, career outlook, interests, education, and more.

    Resource Three: Career Voyages

    Source: U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education

    The Career Voyages web site is a Career Exploration web site for Elementary School students. The Career Voyages web site has information about the following industries:

    Advanced Manufacturing




    Financial Services

    Health Care


    Information Technology



    Aerospace and the “BioGeoNano” Technologies

    Resource Four: Career Ship

    Source: New York State Department of Labor

    Career Ship is a free online career exploration tool for middle and high school students.
    Career Ship uses Holland Codes and the O*NET Career Exploration Tools. For each career, Career Ship provides the following information:



    Career outlook





    Similar careers

    Career Ship is a product of Mapping Your Future, a public service web site providing career, college, financial aid, and financial literacy information and services.

    RESOURCE FIVE: Career Zone

    Source: New York State Department of Labor

    Career Zone is a career exploration and planning system. Career Zone has an assessment activity that identifies Holland Codes. Career Zone provides information on 900 careers from the new O*NET Database, the latest labor market information from the NYS Department of Labor and interactive career portfolios for middle and high school students that connect to the NYS Education Department Career Plan initiative. Career Zone has links to college exploration and planning resources, 300 career videos, resume builder, reference list maker, and cover letter application.

    Resource Six: Destination 2020

    Source: Canada Career Consortium

    Destination 2020 helps youth discover how everyday tasks can help them build skills they will need to face the many challenges of the workforce.

    Skills are linked to:

    School Subjects

    Other School Activities

    Play Activities At Home

    Work at Home

    Through quizzes, activities and articles, they might actually find some answers or, at least, a direction about their future. There are more than 200 profiles of real people who are describing what a day at work is like for them.

    Resource Seven: What Do You Like

    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

    What Do You Like is the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Career web site for kids. The web site provides career information for students in Grades 4 to 8. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most of the material on the site has been adapted from the Bureau’s Occupational Outlook Handbook,a career guidance publication for adults and upper level high school students that describes the job duties, working conditions, training requirements, earnings levels, and employment prospects of hundreds of occupations. Careers are matched to interests and hobbies. In the Teacher’s Guide, there are twelve categories and their corresponding occupations.

    Science Career Clusters

    Some organizations have created web sites that feature science careers.

    Resource Eight: EEK! Get a Job Environmental Education for Kids

    Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

    Eek! Get a Job Environmental Education for Kids is an electronic magazine for kids in grades 4 to 8. Eek! Get a Job provides information about:





    Park Ranger

    Wildlife Biologist

    Park Naturalist

    There is a job description for each career, a list of job activities, suggested activities to begin exploring careers, and needed job skills.

    Resource Nine: GetTech

    Source: National Association of Manufacturers, Center for Workforce Success, U.S. Department of Commerce, and U.S Department of Labor

    Get Tech is a educational web site that provides CAREER EXPLORATION information.
    Get Tech has information about the following industries:

    New Manufacturing

    Information Technology

    Engineering and Industrial Technology

    Biotechnology and Chemistry

    Health and Medicine

    Arts & Design

    Within each area, there are examples of careers.

    Each career profile gives:

    General description


    Number of people employed to job

    Number of jobs available in the future

    Place of work

    Level of education required

    Location of training programs: University Pharmacy Programs.

    Courses needed

    There is a Get Tech Teacher’s Guide.

    Resource Ten: LifeWorks

    Source: National Institutes of Health, Office of Science Education

    LifeWorks is a career exploration web site for middle and high school students. LifeWorks has information on more than 100 medical science and health careers. For each career, LifeWorks has the following information:


    Education required

    Interest area

    Median salary

    True stories of people who do the different jobs

    LifeWorks has a Career Finder that allows you to search by Name of Job, Interest Area, Education Required, or Salary.

    Resource Eleven: San Diego Zoo Job Profiles for Kids

    Source: San Diego Zoo

    San Diego Zoo Job Profiles discussed jobs for people who:

    Work with animals

    Work with plants

    Work with science and conservation

    Work with people

    Work that helps run the Zoo and Park

    There are activities listed under each area, for example:

    What we do

    What is cool about this job

    Job challenges

    How this job helps animals

    How to get a job like this

    Practice Being a …

    How to Become a …

    Resource Twelve: Scientists in Action!

    Source: U.S. Department of the Interior

    Scientists in Action features summaries of the lives of people involved in careers in the natural sciences:

    Mapping the planets

    Sampling the ocean floor

    Protecting wildlife

    Forecasting volcanic eruptions

    Resource Twelve: Want To Be a Scientist?

    Source: Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of the Agriculture

    Want To Be a Scientist is a career exploration web site for kids about 8 to 13 years old. Want To Be a Scientist has a series of job descriptions, stories, and other resources about what scientists do here at the ARS.

    These stories include information about:

    Plant Pathologist


    Soil Scientist


    Animal Scientist


    Plant Physiologist

    Specific Science Careers

    The last group of web sites is dedicated to providing information on specific science careers, for example veterinarians,

    Resource Thirteen: About Veterinarians

    Source: American Veterinary Medical Association

    About Veterinarians has facts about:

    What is a Veterinarian?

    Becoming a Veterinarian

    Making a Career Decision

    What Personal Abilities Does a Veterinarian Need?

    What Are the Pluses and Minuses of a Veterinary Career?

    Veterinary Education

    General Information

    After Graduation From Veterinary School

    General Information

    School Statistics

    Preparation Advice

    Preveterinary Coursework

    Where Most Schools Are Located

    About School Accreditation

    The Phases of Professional Study

    The Clinical Curriculum

    The Academic Experience

    Roles of Veterinarians

    Private Practice

    Teaching and Research

    Regulatory Medicine

    Public Health

    Uniformed Services

    Private Industry

    Employment Outlook

    Employment Forecast

    The Advantage of Specializing


    Greatest Potential Growth Areas

    Other Professional Directions

    AVMA Veterinary Career Center

    Becoming a Veterinary Technician

    Your Career in Veterinary Technology

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Career Opportunities

    Education Required

    Distance Learning


    Professional Regulations


    Further Information

    Resource Fourteen: Aquarium Careers

    Source: Monterey Bay Aquarium

    Aquarium Careers features careers information. For each Staff Profiles, there is Educational Background and Skills Needed. The Staff Profiles include:


    Education Specialist

    Exhibits Coordinator

    Exhibit Designer

    Research Biologist

    Science Writer

    The Aquarium Careers web site answers the following questions:

    What should I do now to prepare for a career in marine biology?

    Where can I find a good college for marine biology?

    What should be my college major?

    How do I pick a graduate school?

    I’m not sure of my area of interest. What should I do?

    Marine Science Career Resources include information on:

    Marine Advanced Technology Education

    Marine Mammal Center, California

    Scripps Institution of Oceanography, California

    Scripps Library

    Sea Grant

    Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station

    State University of New York at Stony Brook

    Resource Fifteen: Engineering The Stealth Profession

    Source: Discover Engineering

    Engineering The Stealth Profession has a lot of information about engineers:

    Types of Engineers

    Aerospace Engineering

    Ceramic/Materials Engineering

    Chemical Engineering

    Civil Engineering

    Electrical/Computer Engineering

    Environmental Engineering

    Industrial Engineering

    Manufacturing Engineering

    Mechanical Engineering

    Other Engineers

    True Stories


    Education Required

    Work Schedules

    Equipment Used

    Resource Sixteen: Sea Grant Marine Careers

    Source: Marine Careers

    Sea Grant Marine Careers gives you facts about marine career fields and to people working in those fields. Sea Grant Marine Careers outlines information on:

    Marine Biology


    Ocean Engineering

    Related Fields

    In each area, there is a detailed description of the type of the work that the scientists do. There are feature stories for different scientists in the career field.

    The career profiles include information on:

    What is your current job and what does it entail?

    What was the key factor in your career decision?

    What do you like most about your career?

    What do you like least about your career?

    What do you do to relax?

    Who are your heroes/heroines?

    What advice would you give a high school student who expressed an interest in pursuing a career in your field?

    Are career opportunities in your field increasing or decreasing and why?

    What will you be doing 10 years from today?

    What is the salary range?

    Resource Seventeen: Do You Want to Become a Volcanologist?

    Source: Volcano World

    Do You Want to Become a Volcanologist? provides the following descriptions:

    The Word Volcanologist

    Daily work

    Traits for success



    Career web sites help you build awareness of the different aspects of careers: the tasks, wages, career outlook, interests, education, knowledge, and skills. We know that you will be fun exploring careers.

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