Articles that relate to job market data and help with career decisions. You can use the CTRL + F keys or click the Search icon (small magnifying glass in the upper right-hand corner) to look for a specific topic.
Career Planning and Job Search Guides
- 4 Secrets That Will Improve your Employment Prospects: an online article suggests four ways to improve your career planning process
- CareerBlog: lots of short “how-to” and help articles on strengthening your resume, maintained by Novoresume
- Career Journeys: video stories of occupations (a collaboration between the Oregon Department of Education and University of Oregon) including law enforcement, healthcare, manufacturing, and natural resources.
- Career Trajectories and Occupational Transitions Dashboard (CTOT): Occupational Clusters (typical wages by cluster), Key Data on Occupations (wage growth over time), and Occupation Trajectory and Transitions (what do trajectories look like over time) for many occupations. Maintained by the US DOL.
- Compensation and Benefits Guide: an overview of compensation and benefits for job seekers
- Education Level and Projected Openings, 2019–29: the US Bureau of Labor Statistics categorizes occupations by Education Level (from no formal education to advanced college degrees) including average wages
- How to Ask for a Raise: once you have a job it can be challenging to request a raise, this article shares ways to help
- How to Cope With and Overcome Job Search Burnout: looking for a job can be overwhelming and tiring, this article has suggestions that might help
- Jobscan Bounce Back Toolkit: guides and tools to help you after a layoff or career shift.
- Jobscan Resume Career Analysis Tools: JobScan offers a tool that allows you to upload a resume that will match your possible career paths. You can also download your LinkedIn Profile, instead of a resume. ** Before uploading your resume, remove any personal identification (name, address, etc.) **
- JobScan Resume to Job Posting Assessment Tool: need help to tailor your resume to a job posting? This tool allows you to copy your resume in one window and then the job description from a job posting in another window. JobScan looks for areas of the job description that are missing from your resume. ** Before uploading your resume, remove any personal identification (name, address, etc.) **
- Living Wage Calculator: hosted by MIT, choose a county in Oregon to see living wages (the hourly rate that an individual in a household must earn to support his or herself and their family).
- My PlanetXt: this site looks at the impact (current and possible) of automation on specific occupations.
- My Skills My Future: a simple way to look for other possible careers based on your current and prior jobs
- Occupational Mobility Explorer: researchers analyzed the skills that employers requested in the 33 largest metro areas. This tool allows workers to investigate how they might transfer their skills from one occupation to a similar (hopefully higher-paying) occupation in the same labor market.
- Questions to Ask Yourself Before Accepting a Job Offer: this article offers suggestions on how to process a job offer decision including questions to ask yourself and possible negotiating options.
- Tips on Setting up a Workspace at Home … suggestions on setting up a workspace at home including pros and cons with remote work.
- Tips on Internet Safety When Working from Home … if you choose to work from home, these tips can help prevent Internet-related threats.
Child Care and Early Learning Education
- Education and Career Resources for Future Teachers: this resource offers guidance on financial aid, credentialing, and more.
- Speech Language Pathology Degree Programs: the site provides online graduate-level programs for Speech-Language Pathology if you live in Oregon. You can also look for similar programs, including Bachelor’s Degrees, in other states.
- 5 Ways Educators Can Get Students Interested In Construction Careers: although this article is for educators, there are lots of great tips and tools for anyone considering a construction career, a great place to start! Provided by BYF
- 10 Great Careers That Don’t Require a Degree: an overview of construction occupations that do not require a college degree with great career options. Provided by BYF
- Construction Worker Health: a resource to help construction workers live healthier lives including a free training on nutrition and grocery budgeting.
- Guide to Trade School for People with Disabilities: an overview of Trade Schools for people with disabilities including resources to help in deciding on this career path.
- Oregon Construction Contractors Board: interested in becoming a construction contractor or improving your knowledge as a contractor? Visit the Oregon licensing and education website.
- OSHA Careers: learn about working in the Occupational Safety field including training grants and On-the-Job training opportunities.
- What Construction Occupation Matches Your Personality? this simple online tool allows you to choose the things you like to do and suggests possible construction career options. Provided by BYF … want even more options? Try Traitify
- Caregiver Demographics: Learn about those that receive and provide Caregiver services. Published by the Caregiver.org
- Valley Immediate Care Educational Opportunties: for schools and high school learners. Find out what goes on behind the scenes of an Urgent Care clinic. Learn about work flow, various lab tests, xray equipment and how common illnesses and injuries are treated. View a flyer.
- Manufacturing Pay, Job Prospects Increase With Industry “Credential”: US Census article explaining the benefit for manufacturing workers who gain industry recongized credentials (an alternate educational pathway)
- Manufacturing Skills Gap: What Is It and How to Solve It? Learn about the changing scope of manufacturing including the fastest growing occupations and skills needed for new manufacturing jobs.
- Manufacturing Terms You Should Know: an extensive list of terms used in manufacturing including definitions. A helpful resource to learn more about manufacturing or when building resumes and cover letters (explaining your skills and identifying key words).
- Welding News: a blog maintained by Primeweld including the best jobs for welders, safety articles and recommendations for those returning from military service or people with disabilities.
- American Conservation Experience (ACE) non-profit organization providing environmental service opportunities for youth, young adults, and emerging professionals
- Cassandra’s Story: Cassandra Fleckenstein is a wildland firefighter, instructor, and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officer in Vale, Oregon. Fleckenstein’s job covers a lot of ground, from responding to dispatch fire calls to training all-women firefighting recruits. Brief video on being a wildland firefigher (Cassandra’s Story) and more in-depth conversation video.
- Federal and State Applications for Natural Resource Jobs … help navigating government jobs related to Natural Resources along with guides and tips
- Find Your Path: An overview of occupations and personal stories for the Natural Resources sector. Published by the Oregon Forest Resources Institute.
- Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Jobs Flyer (2022)
- People Working in Fire: US Forest Service overview of those that serve with wildland firefighting.
- Rogue Interagency Training Association Training (RITA) Videos: a library of training videos including wildland firefighting.
- Society of American Foresters (SAF): includes national Forestry related work, education and career information.
- US Federal Jobs Payscale: click on any county in the US to see a table of wages called a Grade Schedule or “GS” for Federal employees.
- US Forest Service Hiring and Recruitment Events: search for hiring events across the US for Forest Service jobs and apprenticeships
- USFS Wildland Fire Apprenticeship Flyer (applications close Feb 11, 2022)
Technology (Information Technology, E-Commerce and Cybersecurity)
- Choosing Your Cybersecurity Path: curious about a career in Cybersecurity? This short article provides some suggestions including career pathways (Cybrary)
- Forensic Schools: this site provides lists of colleges by state related to Forensic Science, including Cyber and Digital Forensics. You can also read more about Forensics on their blog.
- Mobile E-Commerce (mCommerce): learn about the growing field of Mobile E-Commerce and the future of this occupation field. From the CellPhoneDeal blog that includes articles on mobile cyber security.
Transportation (Commercial Truck Driving, Logistics and Warehousing)
- What’s in that Truck I Just Passed on the Highway? … learn more about the trucking industry with data from the US Census Bureau (Feb 2021).