What’s out there? Career Research

In your journey of learning about careers, your path may loop you back through these steps, maybe many times. Go where your curiosity takes you, and be willing to step out of your comfort zone.

You are always welcome to seek our advising as you move through your journey.

  • Books in our Career Resource Center
    Many books about career options for many fields, interests and industries.
  • Candid Career Videos
    Career interviews or thousands of careers.
  • Career Profiles
    Information about careers, and salaries by career field. Sources, by industry, for finding jobs.
  • Employment Projections
    [U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics]
    Extensive information collected and compiled by the federal government.
  • Career FYI informational interviews with people working in specfic careers
    Fashion, finance, high tech, human resources, insurance, legal, marketing, non-profit, project management, public service, real estate, retail, sales, software, television, travel, web/tech, and more.
  • Job Shadow.com
    Explore career options by reading interviews with people in many occupations
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
    [U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics]
    Thorough online research guide for detailed information about specific occupations. Look up occupations, see nature of the work, job outlook, earnings, and more.
  • O*Net Find Occupations
    [U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration]
    Find and learn about occupations. View by career cluster, industry, outlook. Browse occupations by abilities, skills, interests, knowledge, values, more. Browse interests by Holland Codes [RIASEC]. Search occupations by skills, technology, and knowledge.
  • Riley Career Guide and Occupational Guides
    Extensive list of career exploration resources for many career fields.
  • Vault: Research industries and professions
    Profiles of a wide variety of industries and professions.

The best decisions are made based on information from a variety of sources. Seek perspective from different people to enhance your research. People working in career fields can offer a reality check on things you read or assumptions you might have.

Advising at Virginia Tech

  • Career and internships advisors in colleges for undergraduate majors
    Faculty and staff in the colleges and academic major departments whom you can consult about career options associated with majors.
  • Career and Professional Development Advising
    We can help you sort out the decisions you need to make, and help you find and use resources that will help you. However, please remember that we cannot advise you on course requirements for majors and minors! You must consult the department offering the major or minor.


You'll never know what a career field is like until you experience it where the rubber hits the road. There are many ways to test out your career interests in the real world through experience during college. Explore as many as you can. Internships are not the only way to get experience.

The vast majority of our Virginia Tech grads [93%] tell us they had career-related experience during college. Even so, 34% say they wish they'd had more!

If you try something and realize you don't like it, that has value. You've learned that, and can move on. It's much better to find out during college that you don't really like a career field, as contrasted with learning that after graduation. Even if that happens, view this as a step in your growth and development. Your career path will span many years and may take many directions.