Viking Score: Researching Careers or Fields of Interest

Career Research | 6pts

Career Research is useful throughout the exploration process to learn more about career fields  or majors and how they fit with interests, skills, values, and needs of the community.  Along with secondary sources, primary sources such as contacting alumni or professionals to conduct informational interviews can make all the difference when making a decision between one career field or another.

Researching Careers or Fields of Interest

  • Make a list of job titles or fields of interest that you are exploring
  • Research each job title of field of interest making sure to find information on the following:
    • Knowledge needed by people in this field
    • Skills typical of people in this field
    • Abilities used by people in this field
    • Personality of people in this field
    • Technological skills used in this field
    • Educational background of people in this field
    • Job outlook for this field
    • Typical salary: starting, mid-level, advanced level
    • Career path; growth opportunities
    • Working conditions (inside, outside, etc.)
    • Where to learn more about this field (professional associations, etc.)
  • Visit these online resources to learn more
  • The best way to learn about a career field is to find someone doing what you want to do and talk to them. This is called an Informational Interview.
  • To earn your Viking Score Points you must meet with a Career Coach to discuss what you have learned and plan for next steps