Career Changers - RESEARCH RESOURCES

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Not sure where to look or where to begin? These sites can lead you to answers as to why and what it is you really want with your career.  Before you jump, take a look and learn the best practices that can save you precious time and money.

Area Vibes = http://www.areavibes.com/ Area Vibes helps you find the best places to live in America. We do this by assigning a Livability Score out of 100 to any address, zip code, neighborhood or city that you can think of. The Livability Score is created from a unique algorithm based on various important metrics for each city, including: amenities, cost of living, crime rates, education, employment, housing and weather.  The higher the score, the better the city (in our opinion).

Becomeopedia = http://becomeopedia.com/how-to/ Becomeopedia offers a wide range of advice about careers, from accounting to video game engineering.  It is a site dedicated to providing the most up to date and accurate information about becoming anything you dream.

Career Thoughts = CareerThoughts.com provides seasoned professionals and students with tools to help identify careers that match the skills, interests, and abilities one may have. This is a site for people who have a strong passion or interest, but aren't sure exactly how to turn that passion into a career... into a career you will love.

Changing Course = changingcourse.com/ provides the tools, information, ideas, and support you need to create a more satisfying and balanced life doing work you really love… on your own terms.

My Skills My Future = www.myskillsmyfuture.org My Skills My Future helps laid-off workers and other career changers find new occupations to explore.  Users can identify occupations that require skills and knowledge similar to their current or previous job, learn more about these suggested matches, locate local training programs, and/or apply for jobs.

O*Net = www.onetonline.org  The O*NET program is the nation's primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. The database provides the basis for Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers.

Occupational Outlook Handbook – Bureau of Labor Statistics = http://www.bls.gov/ooh/ The profiles featured in this handbook cover hundreds of occupations and describe What They Do, Work Environment, How to Become One, Pay, and more. Each profile also includes BLS employment projections for the 2010–20 decade.

Pay Scale = http://www.payscale.com/cost-of-living-calculator Whether you’re planning for an upcoming move or just curious about the cost of living in other cities, the PayScale Cost of Living Calculator is the place to begin your research.  Enter your salary and job title as well as your current location and the city where you’re considering a move. Not only will we show you the cost of living difference, but we’ll let you know how much you need to make in the new location to maintain your current standard of living.