Choosing a Career

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Did you know that most people spend more time researching their vacations than their careers? Yet your occupation directly affects your long-term personal happiness and satisfaction. The more you know about yourself and the world of work, the better equipped you are to make an informed decision about what path to follow.

In order to determine whether a job might be a good fit for you, you need to know a little more about the job itself. Occupational research can help you identify the working conditions, physical demands, skills and abilities, employment outlook and salary of the occupation you are considering.

Nevada Career Information System (NCIS) offers of variety of free research resources and assessments, including:

  • O*NET Interest Profiler is an assessment that matches your personal interests to a variety of occupations organized into six distinct clusters.
  • Reality Check helps you to consider the financial side during occupational research. If you have an idea of the kind of lifestyle you would like to live, this assessment can help you see just how far your future salary can stretch.
  • Work Importance Locator can help identify your work values to determine occupational fields that align with your values.
  • Occupation Sort is designed to let you say what you know about yourself, your likes and dislikes, and creates a list of occupations that match your preferences. It doesn't tell you what you should be. Instead, Occupation Sort locates occupations that match factors you consider important.
  • SKILLS helps you identify occupations that use the skills you like. It also helps you recognize skills that transfer between occupations. You can use SKILLS to select occupations to explore, identify ways to modify your career direction, or prepare for a job interview.
  • Career Cluster Match is designed to help you narrow down your options based on your personal likes and dislikes.

No login information is required to access NCIS from a TMCC computer or while connected to TMCC's WiFi. To access NVCIS from off-campus: username = TruckeeCC; password = TruckeeCC01.

NCIS also maintains a current database of information on hundreds of occupations, allowing you to easily access important information such as:

  • Occupational overview
  • Common work activities
  • Skill and abilities related to the field
  • Current local, statewide, and national average salaries
  • Knowledge and interests most commonly associated with the career
  • Licensing and certification requirements
  • Information about the type of training and/or schooling necessary to work in the field
  • Physical demands of the job
  • Outlook
  • Hiring practices

If you have a program of study in mind, visit What Can I Do With This Major? to see what your options are for employment.

If you are still having difficulty deciding on a career or field that fits you, make an appointment with the Counseling Center and they can assist you with further career explorations tools.