While it's not critical that an elementary or middle school student have their career choice mapped out this early in their young lives, it is a good idea to let them explore the types of occupations that interest them. Since many occupations require college or some sort of postsecondary education, considering various career options will enable students to start thinking about their emphasis in high school curriculum and beyond.
There are many career planning tools that can assist a student in choosing an occupation, training program, or major in college. A few free, on-line resources are listed below.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Operated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the profiles featured on this site cover hundreds of occupations and describe what they do, work environment, salaries and more. This site is an excellent tool for anyone trying to decide on a career path. Link to: Occupational Outlook Handbook
What Do You Like?
- Information to help you connect majors with careers and maintained by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Matches the subjects you enjoy to your ideal career choices. Gives estimated salaries for career tracks that interest you. Link to: What Do You Like?