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BIOL 1000: Discover Life Sciences

A guide to resources for your career research assignment in BIOL 1000.

CareerOneStop, a website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, provides a wide variety of career exploration resources. Don't forget to consider cost of living when you're thinking about where to live and work - see the Best Places Cost of Living Calculator.

O*NET OnLine

O*NET OnLine is a website provided by the Department of Labor. Navigate to Find Occupations to browse numerous categories of jobs for which bachelor or graduate degrees in life sciences can prepare you. Find out the work context, tools used, the most important tasks, and more, for each occupation; the data is collected from actual workers in the field. See the ONET Online Help: Scales to understand the data in the Details screen for an occupation. Just a few of the many occupations are listed below:

Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)

The Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics describes hundreds of occupations, including what they do, how to become one, and pay. Each occupational profile also provides employment projections for the next 10 years. Below are some of the many occupations you can enter with a bachelor's degree or advanced degree in the life sciences.

Professional Associations

Websites for professional organizations usually provide career advice and job listings. The websites below are a couple of examples of the insider information provided by science organizations.

Texas Employment Projections

Visit the Texas Workforce Commission's Texas Career Check to see occupational projections for the state. You can narrow projections to the regions in Texas where you would like to work on the Occupation Trends webpage.

Cost of Living Resources

Don't forget to consider cost of living information when you are considering an occupation and where you want to live. A state like California may have high salaries, but it is also one of the top ranked states for high cost of living. Visit these websites to get cost of living information and comparisons.

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