Welcome to BrowseCareers.com, an informal career browsing engine dedicated to quick, early analysis of career options.
BrowseCareers.com attempts to differentiate itself from other career search sites by showing a collection of selected careers at all times. Other sites ask you to invest a lot of time up front before showing you career options. BrowseCareers.com shows you all the careers that fit your criteria as you enter your criteria. At any point, you can dive into the details of any of the careers that display.
The BrowseCareers.com home page displays a menu of selection criteria that you can use to narrow your career search. You can select careers based on your interests, your personal style, your knowledge, your skills, yearly salary, whether the career is considered green, the expected growth rate, and by occupation classification. These criteria can be used individually or in combination.
When you first come to the BrowseCareers.com site, all available occupations are displayed. As you change the search criteria, the career list will change to reflect you selections.
Each of the first four criteria types: interests, styles, knowledge, and skills, can be specified by picking the criteria from the popup that appears when hovering over the link. Alternatively, click on the link to go to a detailed page that describes the criteria in some depth. In either case, pick the criteria and the degree to which that criteria applies. The degrees range from 'off', meaning the criteria are not applied to narrow your career search, to 'very high', meaning that the criteria are a strong personal match for you, and only careers with very high ratings for the selected criteria will display. The 'remove criteria' link removes all your selection criteria causing all available occupations to display.
Interests have been classified into activity profiles that differentiate types of activities people enjoy doing. As a career characteristic, these profiles can be used to match personal interests to careers that exhibit that interest. Interest profiles are compatible with Holland's (1985, 1997) model of personality types and work environments.
Realistic - Realistic interests frequently involve activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many realistic occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Investigative - Investigative interests frequently involve ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. Investigative occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Artistic - Artistic interests frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Social - Social interests frequently involve interacting with, communicating with, and teaching people. Social occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Enterprising - Enterprising interests frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects, and can involve leading people and making many decisions. Enterprising interests sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Conventional - Conventional interests frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These interests can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Conventional occupations generally have a clear line of authority to follow.
Styles refer to personal characteristics that reflect the things that you value. Styles describe what characteristics you bring to a given situation. Personal styles can affect how well you perform a task, depending on how much of that style is needed to complete that task.
Knowledge refers to what you know. Having knowledge about a subject implies that you can use what you know to help analyze, troubleshoot, create, or generally work within that subject area.
Skills refer to your experience. Having the skills for a specific job implies that you have experience doing the same or similar activities.
The salaries used by BrowseCareers.com reflect US national averages as of 2009 as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics at bls.gov.
The 'green' careers used by BrowseCareers.com reflect classification used by O*NET as reported at onetcenter.org and described below.
Green economy activities and technologies may have different effects on different occupations. Accordingly, some experts have argued that it is essential to move beyond simply applying a broad label such as 'green.' Thus, a more prudent approach is to focus on the 'greening' of occupations, which is defined as follows:
The 'greening' of occupations refers to the extent to which green economy activities and technologies increase the demand for existing occupations, shape the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generate unique work and worker requirements. This definition lends itself to three general occupational categories, each describing the differential consequences of green economy activities and technologies on occupational performance.
Green Increased Demand Occupations. The impact of green economy activities and technologies is an increase in the employment demand for an existing occupation. However, this impact does not entail significant changes in the work and worker requirements of the occupation. The work context may change, but the tasks themselves do not.
Green Enhanced Skills Occupations. The impact of green economy activities and technologies results in a significant change to the work and worker requirements of an existing occupation. This impact may or may not result in an increase in employment demand for the occupation. The essential purposes of the occupation remain the same, but tasks, skills, knowledge, and external elements, such as credentials, have been altered.
Green New and Emerging (N&E) Occupations. The impact of green economy activities and technologies is sufficient to create the need for unique work and worker requirements, which results in the generation of a new occupation relative to the O*NET taxonomy. This new occupation could be entirely novel or 'born' from an existing occupation.
The 'green' careers listed in BrowseCareers.com include these three categories.
The growth rates used by BrowseCareers.com reflect US national 10-year projections as of 2008 as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics at bls.gov.
The occupation classifications used by BrowseCareers.com reflect US-based classifications as of 2008 as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics at bls.gov.
The BrowseCareers.com careers and their characteristics are based on version 14.0 of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) database. O*NET is developed under the sponsorship of the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) through a grant to the North Carolina Employment Security Commission. Version 14.0 of O*NET contains over 1000 occupations and related characteristics. Although this database is quite extensive, there are some minor gaps in characteristics for some of the careers. Where there are gaps, we have taken similar careers (known as 'career clusters') and averaged their characteristics to fill in the gaps.
For each career listed in BrowseCareers.com, values for each characteristic were taken from the O*NET database (at onetcenter.org) and were normalized across the reported values for that characteristic. This normalization resulted in scores ranging from 1 to 100 for each characteristic.
By specifying a specific criteria as a 'very high' match, you are selecting those careers with ratings for that criteria at the 80th percentile or above. If the ratings were evenly distributed across the 100-point range, you would be eliminating about 80% of the careers (the careers with normalized values from 1 to 79).
Zone refers to 'Job Zone' which is a group of occupations classified by O*NET (onetcenter.org) that are similar in: (1) how much education people need to do the work, (2) how much related experience people need to do the work, and (3) how much on-the-job training people need to do the work.
The five Job Zones are:
Job Zone 1 - occupations that need little or no preparation
Job Zone 2 - occupations that need some preparation
Job Zone 3 - occupations that need medium preparation
Job Zone 4 - occupations that need considerable preparation
Job Zone 5 - occupations that need extensive preparation
Employed refers to the number of people employed in this career in 2008 as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics at bls.gov.
Score refers to the personality assessment score which measures how closely a career matches your interest ratings. The score is on a 100-point scale with 100 being a perfect match against all interest ratings and 1 being a perfect mis-match.