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Career Information

 Don’t Forget! The campus office of Career Services has lots to offer!

Not sure what you want to do?

Through a US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) a grant to the North Carolina Employment Security Commission has created O-Net Online offering career paths and possibilities to professional success through a variety of links. Take their Interest Profiler quiz to see the right path for you!

Occupational Outlook Series

Produced by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the
Occupational Outlook Handbook provides statistics on the full range of jobs in the U.S. Training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job, working conditions and other data is compiled annually and freely accessible on the web.

Lane Library also has it in book format in the Reference Collection: REF HF 5381 .A1.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also publishes the journal: Occupational Outlook Quarterly which provides detailed articles on professions. To search for articles in this journal, use: ProQuest’s ABI Inform.

For Health Professions

Explore Health Careers provides up-to-date, comprehensive information on all facets of work for most careers in the health industry.

Professional Literature

Each profession has its own “literature” in which research is reported and issues are discussed. Professional journals, often published by associations, are a good way to learn the nature of a profession. Some examples:

Databases for searching the professional literature


Vocational and Career CollectionGALILEO logo from EBSCOhost
Provides full text coverage for 400 trade and industry related periodicals including American Machinist, Contemporary Longterm Care, Pediatric Nursing, Wireless Week, Drug Store News, Video Business, Reeves Journal, Hotel and Motel Management, Restaurant Business, Advertising Age, and many more. Use this to search for articles in a magazines and journals from many disciplines. Use the Advanced Search, and specify the profession as a subject term: physical therapy (subject) + profession (keyword)


Education: ERIC
Psychology: PsycINFO
Nursing: CINAHL


Find the web presence for the professional organizations related to you field. These provide authoritative information. Locate them with, or see listings in The Encyclopedia of Associations: REF HS 17 .G333 2003

Savannah Now Features job postings for Savannah and the Coastal Empire.

Interested in moving to another city or state? Run a Google search for the local newspaper. Find their web site and browse positions available in that location.

Finding Books in Lane Library

Browse the HF 5382 area of the Reference Collection for general books on resume’s, cover letters, and descriptions of jobs for broad areas such as liberal arts, finance, and retail. Books more specific to a profession are located in the call number assigned to that discipline. For example:

  • Careers in Art.N 6505 .C328 2007
  • Opportunities in Biotechnology Careers.TP 248.215 .B766 2007
  • Resumes for Science Careers.Q 147 .R45 2007
  • Careers for Computer Buffs & Other Technological Types.QA 76.25 .E23 2006
  • Great Jobs for English Majors.HF 3582.7 .D43 2006
  • Life as a Psychologist: career choices and insights.BF 76 .O88 2006

Use GIL, Lane Library’s online catalog, to search for books on specific professions. Search for books with vocational guidance or career in their subject headings:

  • law enforcement – vocational guidance
  • psychology – vocational guidance 
  • career choice
  • career changes

Selected Books in Lane Library

(NOTE: there is a table of books here – I’m not sure if that’s generated or manually updated so have left it out.)

Last updated: 4/20/2018