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7.3 Researching Career Choices

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." -- Confucius


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, gives information about a number of career choices (see http://www.bls.gov/k12/index.htm).

You may decide on the career that best suits you based on what you like to do. Most of the careers fall under the following major categories:

  1. Math
  2. Reading
  3. Science
  4. Social Studies
  5. Music & Arts
  6. Building & Fixing Things
  7. Helping People
  8. Computers
  9. Law
  10. Managing Money
  11. Sports
  12. Nature
Math Reading Science Social Studies Music & Arts Building & Fixing Things
Statistician Writer Chemist Economist Actor Carpenter
Electrical engineer Desktop publisher Pharmacist Human resources assistant Photographer Automotive mechanic
Surveyor Secretary Pilot Politician Artist Drafter
Physicist Librarian Environmental scientist Psychologist Disc jockey Architect
Cost Estimator Reporter Engineering technician Urban planner Designer Civil engineer
Actuary       Musician Electrician

Helping People Computers Law Managing Money Sports Nature
Teacher Database administrator Police officer Accountant Dancer Zookeeper
Childcare worker Computer support specialist Lawyer Financial analyst Professional athlete Landscape architect
Firefighter Computer hardware engineer Court reporter Loan officer Coach Farmer
Nurse Computer software engineer Judge Bookkeeping clerk Recreation and fitness worker Veterinarian
Social Worker Webmaster Paralegal Real estate agent Recreational therapist Agricultural and food scientist
Doctor Systems analyst        

Here is an alphabetical list of all the major careers:

Accountant - Actor - Actuary - Agricultural and food scientist - Architect - Artist - Automotive mechanic - Bookkeeping clerk - Carpenter - Chemist - Childcare worker - Civil engineer - Coach - Computer hardware engineer - Computer software engineer - Computer support specialist - Cost estimator - Court reporter - Dancer - Database administrator - Designer - Desktop publisher - Disc jockey - Doctor - Drafter - Economist - Electrical engineer - Electrician - Engineering technician - Environmental scientist - Farmer - Financial analyst - Firefighter - Human resources assistant - Landscape architect - Lawyer - Librarian - Loan officer - Musician - Nurse - Paralegal - Pharmacist - Photographer - Physicist - Pilot - Police officer - Politician - Professional athlete - Psychologist - Real estate agent - Recreation and fitness worker - Recreational therapist - Reporter - Secretary - Social worker - Statistician - Surveyor - Systems analyst - Teacher - Urban planner - Veterinarian - Webmaster - Writer - Zookeeper


Directions: Answer the following questions.
  1. Of the major categories of careers listed above, which 2 categories do you like the best and which 2 categories do you like the least? Explain your reasons.

  2. Select any 3 careers and do research and write a report. In your report, include the following information:
    • What is this job like?
    • How do you prepare to get this job?
    • How much does this job pay?
    • How is the future for this job?
    • Are there other jobs like this?

Have your essay responses graded by your teacher and enter your score here!

Your score for this chapter (0-100%) =


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