The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is perhaps not the first site on the Web that you turn to for information about your career goals. At least, it’s not the first site that WE were in the habit of turning to. However, surprising as it may seem, this is one area in which the U.S. Government is actually getting it right—in this case, they are doing free Internet career counseling better than just about anybody else.
Basically, the BLS’s career site allows you to select from a dozen general subject areas or activities the ones that you find most interesting or congenial. Next, it lists a half dozen or so careers that are related to each of the subject areas or activities you selected. Then, it gives you a lucid and really useful description of what is involved in actually doing each career, and it tells you the sort of preparation that you will need should you choose to pursue that career. Finally, it gives you information about the average earnings of people in that career, the number of people currently employed in it, and the expected future demand for people in the career. The site is extremely well organized and is very intuitive to navigate.
In short, the BLS’s career site allows you to connect your personal talents and interests directly to careers in an easy and fun way. Check it out. We think you will find it to be a valuable resource.