Local and State Career Information

  1. All states have agencies that provide useful information specifically about your state. This includes information about occupations -- what they pay, the training required, whether it is a growing field, and so on. You will also be able to find out about job openings, training programs, financial aid, apprenticeships, and military careers.
  2. Use an Internet search engine like Google or Bing to find local, relevant information about occupations. For example, by typing in "North Carolina occupational information" you will find many useful sites. Then, try it for your state. Tip: be sure to put quotation marks around your search terms, like this: "(search terms)".
  3. Your state employment security agency is a good source. To find the one nearest you, use the “Find a One-Stop Career Center” search box at the national CareerOneStop website. You’ll see a list with websites, physical addresses (with directions), and phone numbers to use.
  4. CareerOneStop's Salary and Benefits section also allows you to search for career information by state and region. Choose to search "By Location" under Wages and Salaries. If you are interested in moving to a different state, the same section has more information about cost of living and things to consider before moving.
  5. And, finally, don't forget your local library -- an excellent resource.