Research Online Databases

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Occupational Exploration: Find out what careers are out there

Check out these great web sites for occupations in various fields and great overviews including, job tasks, working conditions, information about training and education needed, earnings, job outlook, and more

O*Net –Occupational Information Network - US Dept. of Labor
Career information in outline format including: tasks, knowledge, skills, abilities, work activities, values, education required, related careers and state and national salary ranges. Includes videos and wages by state as well as national.

OOH - Occupational Outlook Handbook – U.S. Dept. of Labor 
Includes nature of work, working conditions, employment statistics, training required, job outlook, earnings, related occupations and sources of additional information.

California Occupational Guide Includes job duties, working conditions, job outlook, wages, benefits, education and other requirements, and training specific to California.

Chegg CareerMatch - Provides descriptive profiles, insightful videos, and helpful career information for over 15,000 jobs in 10 different career families.

Glassdoor - Glassdoor is a free jobs and career community that offers the world an inside look at jobs and companies. What sets us apart is our "employee generated content" – anonymous salaries, company reviews, interview questions, and more – all posted by employees, job seekers, and sometimes the companies themselves. Now with nearly 3 million salaries and reviews, you have all the information you might need to make your next career decision.

California CareerZone
Information on 900 occupations includes California state specific wages, worker attributes, job characteristics, and more. Includes an interest assessment.

Occupational outlook information, wage and trend information, discussion of relevant skills and abilities, as well as online video "snapshots" of specific occupations.

FOCUS  (UCSC career exploration and assessment tool)
Go to the Focus page and create an account. Once you are into the main menu, go the “Research Any Career: Explore the Possibilities” section.  You can search careers by name, industry or major.

McHenry Library's Ebrary

Many online resources available through the UCSC Library Website are licensed by the University for use only by UC faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students. Follow the directions available here if you are eligible to access these resources from off-campus. Otherwise visit either the McHenry or Science & Engineering Library where you can use the online databases on the libraries' public workstations or any computer connected to the campus network.

Ebrary includes a range of Career Development and Career Exploration resources.  After entering the link below, press the "Search" button to begin a search for Career-related ebooks.  Suggested keywords include: Vocational Guidance, Career Development, Employment Interviewing, Job Search, Research Grants, Grant Writing, Scholarships, Resumes.

For career development questions please contact the UCSC Career Center at

For library questions or if you have trouble accessing the Ebrary catalog, contact