Once you have a career goal in mind, the next step is to determine your education and training needs. What are the occupation’s education requirements? Do you have the necessary skills and training? Which options will you use to gain the skills you need?
Use the tools and information below to develop your education and training goals.
What do specific occupations require?
- Use the Occupation Profile to determine occupation requirements.
- Check out licensed occupations to see if your desired profession (doctor, lawyer, nurse, etc.) requires you to be licensed.
- Find out if your desired occupation (financial advisor, nursing assistant, public accountant, real estate appraiser, etc.) requires a certification.
What skills do employers want?
Take the time to target your classes and training programs to help you gain the skills you need to land a job.
- Talk to a college or training program career counselor. Ask them about placement rates for graduates.
- Talk to as many employers and employees as you can to learn about skills in demand.
- Check out job listings for jobs in your field of interest and see what skills employers are looking for.
Don’t have a high school diploma?
If you did not graduate high school, the GED (General Educational Development Test) may fulfill that college entrance requirement. Learn more about the GED and locate a GED testing center.
Don’t have a career goal in mind?
You want the greatest return on your education investment. If you are still deciding on a career, here are some questions and options to consider.