Much of life is spent at work, so it's important to find a job that's right for you — a job that fits your personality, is rewarding and helps you meet your financial and career goals.
Make an appointment with an academic advisor at your college to help clarify your interests and talents and plan a rewarding career. These online resources can help you get started.
Find the Right Career for You
Find out your interests and then explore further. Career clusters are 16 groups of career areas of interest.
First, take a quiz about your abilities, values and interests
- Online: Take the Washington Career Bridge Career Quiz to explore your interests and the career clusters that match.
- Pencil and paper: The Student Interest Survey for Career Clusters allows students to respond to questions and identify their top three career clusters of interest. This pencil/paper survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and is available in English and Spanish.
Then, start exploring careers
- Find out which colleges offer programs that matched your Career Cluster interest areas.
- The career and employment centers at Washington state's community and technical colleges can help you figure out what you want to do and the education it will take to get there.
- Watch videos on many common careers at CareerOneStop by the U.S Department of Labor. Volunteer work, internships and part-time jobs can also give you practical, realistic experience while you explore careers.
Consider Job Trends and Salaries
How much do I need to earn?
See the minimum salary you'll need to make to pay for basic everyday needs, without public assistance, visit Washington state's Self-Sufficiency Calculator.
Discover which occupations are "in demand" or not. Click on an occupation title to get a job description, wages, employment projections and educational requirements. Be sure to sort by region, because demand for certain occupations varies by location.
Explore Our Colleges
Our colleges offer hundreds of degrees and certificates for today's careers. Find the colleges that offer what you want and then go check out a college.
Earn While You Learn
Joining an apprenticeship program is a great way to get the experience and training needed to get established in a skilled-trades career.
Explore Careers Before and During College
The career and employment centers at Washington state's community and technical colleges can help you figure out what you want to do and the education it will take to get there.
Finding a Job After College
You're close to graduating or already have. The next challenge? Landing that first job after college. We have resources and services to help.
Last Modified: 1/20/21, 3:29 PM