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Career Development Tools


Your free online career planning system.

JobZone Fact Sheet

It provides:

  • Details on 900+ jobs
  • Labor market updates
  • Data tailored to your interests and job needs

You can also explore using your skills from one job in a different job.

Build a Career Portfolio

  • Password-protected job search portfolio
  • Useful modules to guide your career decisions
  • Store customized resumes for your job search



CareerZone Fact Sheet

Evaluate your Interests

  • Start here for help deciding on an occupation
  • Rank your top three career interests to explore matching occupations

Job Seeker Resource Room

  • Resources for beginning job seekers, including resume and cover letter creation, and NYSDOL Factsheets

Self-Sufficiency Employment Estimator

Self-Sufficiency Employment Estimator - This estimator calculates the income required by an individual or family to meet its basic needs for a given family size and geographic location. These basic needs include housing, food, health care, transportation, childcare and taxes. The estimated income does not include public or private assistance.

Based on this amount the calculator will show the occupations that meet or exceed the income needed. It also shows the education requirements, on-the-job experience and job outlook for those occupations.

The calculator can help you:

  • Set educational and occupational goals
  • Identify a better paying job
  • Decide if a job you are considering will pay enough to meet your family's needs

Other Tools

My Skills My Future

Enter a job you've had and find careers with similar skills. Pick a career and explore!

My Next Move

What do you want to do for a living? My Next Move will help you:

  • Search careers by key word
  • Browse careers by industry
  • Answer questions about the type of work you might enjoy and find careers that match your interests and training

Explore Occupations

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Learn about hundreds of different jobs, including:

  • Training and education needed
  • Earnings
  • Expected job prospects
  • Work tasks and conditions

In addition, the Handbook gives you job search tips, links to information about the job market and more.


Your tool for career exploration. Browse groups of similar occupations to explore careers. Choose from industry, field of work, science area, and more.

Occupations Licensed and Certified

View occupations that require licensure or certification, and how to obtain it.

Bridge to Employment and Academic Marketplace (BEAM)

Click the links to see the BEAM brochure: page one and page two

Program Eligibility Requirements:

  • Target Group: 19-30 year olds
  • Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Broome, Tioga, or Tompkins Counties residents
  • Attempted college, but dropped out (even for a portion of a semester)

What the program has to offer:

  • Labor Market Information
  • Orientation to college support staff and academic counseling
  • Training Opportunities
  • Job site tours and shadowing, customized to participants' interests & planned career paths
  • Advocacy and career coaching
  • Career assessment tools

Training and Education

Are you thinking of:

  • Earning your HS Diploma or GED
  • Going back to school
  • Getting specialized training
  • Starting a brand new career

Not only can training and education help you get the job you are looking for, but it can also help you earn more. Regardless of your goals for getting additional training and education, our experienced career advisors can help you find what you are looking for. Or, they can help you explore your interests and find the training needed to help you get the job you want. Visit your local New York State Career Center for more information.


Are you just starting out in the working world? Are you beginning a new career path?

Internships are a great way to start off a new career path. They can give you:

  • Job specific skills
  • Work readiness skills
  • Experience and work history
  • A chance to explore career interests
  • Insight into a particular organization or business
  • Access to a professional network
  • Possible college credit

In addition to all of these great advantages, you may even end your internship with a job offer.

Setting up an internship is similar to applying for a job. For most internships, you have to apply and be interviewed. They are also shorter in length than a job. You may need to coordinate your internship with a college advisor or work supervisor.

Internship positions are often posted on company websites, professional society websites and regular job search websites. Here are some specific places to find internships:


Volunteering is a wonderful way to:

  • Gain experience in a particular area or field
  • Practice work readiness skills, such as being on time or working on a deadline
  • Build up your resume or work history
  • Build up your professional network
  • Make a difference

To find volunteer opportunities:

Contact local organizations, or try the following websites:

New York State Career Centers - work with one of our experienced career advisors.

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