Exploring Career Options in Science & Healthcare: Using O*Net

The O*NET Program is a fantastic source for occupational information! Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration, this resource provides information on close to 1,000 occupations that exist in the U.S. economy. O*Net is continuously updated and also provides outlook information on the potential for growth of various occupations. As a student interested in pursuing a career in science or healthcare, this resource can expose you to the wide-range  of occupations in this career area, as well as the education and training required in these fields. 

In order to explore your options, select “Find Occupations” and then under Career Clusters, explore the “Health Science” and/or the “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics” lists of occupations. You can also explore occupations based on Industry, Job Zone, Outlook, Green Economy Sector, and Job Family. 

Once you click on an occupation, such as Cardiovascular Technician, you will be able to learn more about that occupation’s tasks, required skills, knowledge, abilities, as well as detailed information about work activities and required education.  You can also view related occupations, and even search for available positions. O*Net is a comprehensive resource that enables you to explore a wide range of possibilities in the sciences. 

Learn more about O*Net here: https://www.onetonline.org/

By Erica Kryst
Erica Kryst Senior Associate Director, Career Experiences and Education Erica Kryst