Career Information Resources
There are 1000s of internet sites devoted to researching career fields, occupations, programs of study, and schools. Our “staff favorites” are listed below, because we know they contain high quality, up-to-date information and are easy to navigate for most users.
If you need assistance with your career research or help using these websites, please visit the Career Exploration Center in Building 1, Room 103. Our staff are ready to help you locate the information that you need.
Oregon Career Information System (CIS)
This comprehensive program contains occupation-specific descriptions, including wages and job outlook, for over 700 occupations that are common in Oregon. It also contains a large program of study/college major database, along with Oregon and U.S. schools that offer those programs.
Because Lane pays a fee to license CIS, students need a username and password (which we are not allowed to post on our website). Please contact the Career Exploration Center at 541-463-3700 or visit us in Building 1, Room 103 to get your login information.
The first time you login to CIS, you will be directed to "Create a Portlfolio," which allows you to designate your personal username and password for future logins. You'll then be able to save CIS information in your portfolio.
This is a fabulous program for career research and it’s worth contacting us to get the login info!
This is the nation’s primary source of occupational information. The database contains occupation-specific descriptions on almost 1000 occupations covering the entire U.S. economy. From the O*NET homepage, enter the occupation name or a keyword in the “Occupation Search” field. Or, you can select “Browse” under “Find Occupations” and search for occupations by Career Cluster or Job Family or STEM Discipline or Bright Outlook, etc.
Oregon Employment Department
This comprehensive website provides information on occupations, labor markets, employers, and current job postings, both statewide and by specific regions in Oregon, e.g. Lane County. You can search by Occupation Profiles, as well as get information on wages, workforce, and industry trends.
Career One Stop
This website provides extensive national and state-by-state occupation information. The “Toolkit” tab contains links for researching occupations (Occupation Profile), employment trends, employers, jobs, and training programs. The “Resources For” tab contains resources for specific populations like veterans, older workers, people with disabilities, people with a criminal conviction, etc.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
This website is another “go-to site” for comprehensive information on occupations and their requirements. Occupational information can be browsed by “clusters” of similar occupations and can be searched by criteria such as wages, education level, training, and job growth. It is updated and produced every two years by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the official agency responsible for collecting and analyzing occupational information.