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What do you want to be when you grow up?

This is a question you need to spend a considerable amount of time trying to answer. Think about your interests, your likes and dislikes; not just in academics but in all areas. What are you passionate about? That's a great place to start. It is a good idea to talk to people about their careers. For example, if you are interested in medicine, talk to a doctor and ask questions about college, medical school and life as a doctor. Use these links to find out more information about every career imaginable.

Most importantly, develop a goal. Will it change? Most likely, but you need to get started. The sooner you focus on something, the sooner you can get started making it happen.

The Reality Check website is great fun! You can choose the area of Texas where you want to live, your career and then start shopping. You'll find out if the job you are considering will pay you enough to live the lifestyle you would like!

The World of Work Map from the ACT organization uses your results, along with your answers on the interest inventory on the EXPLORE and PLAN tests, to give you suggestions about fields for which you might be well suited.

The Occupational Outlook handbook is a publication of the US Department of Labor. Here you will find information on careers, salaries, and job outlook. Will you be able to find a job after you graduate? Look here to find out.

Quick Links Career Exploration

Click below for MyPlan. Using the “careers” tab is free and will provide a full description of that career and related majors. Browse more than 900 careers and watch 2 minute videos and hear real life descriptions of different careers to find out what jobs are really like. 

Health Careers
This document has information on all of the careers related to the health care industry with explanations on salaries, job outlook and which colleges in Texas offer education in each field.

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Bridges Career Research

 Take an interest inventory to find out what careers you might be suited for. Find out which schools offer your particular field of study and what the job outlook and salary is for different parts of Texas and the US. Click on the orange Choices link at the bottom of this page for log in and pw information. 

 What can I do with this major? Finally, a convenient website that helps you connect majors with careers. For each major that interests you, choose either the PDF or HTML version to find an outline of common career areas, typical employers, and strategies designed to maximize career opportunities. Choose Links to find a list of websites that provide information about listed majors and related careers.


Occupational Outlook Handbook

Reality Check What kind of education and career do you need to be able to afford the lifestyle you want to have? Click here to find out!


College Board Big Future Career Site

Click here for the CHOICES career planner!

Choices Quick Reference Guide for Students: