Career Exploration

 Online Exploration Resources

Build Your Future

A trades career planning tool. Explore in-demand trades careers.
Build Your Future home page

JA Access Your Future App

In the Junior Achievement Access Your Future App, teens can assess more than 100 careers, see what levels of education are required, then calculate the cost of education. Teens can then adjust the level of money they and their parents may contribute, combined with student loans they may need to secure. At the end of the exercise, teens are given a Return on Investment (ROI) score between 1 and 5. 
JA Acess Your Future info

My Next Move

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.  Developed by O*Net's National Center, this is a great resource to explore what future career may interest you.
My Next Move resources

Northwest Michigan Hot Jobs Report

A list of hot job opportunities in our region projected from 2018-2023. The list is organized by education level, job title, average entry level wage, and average experienced level wage.
Explore the Hot Jobs Report


 Maintains a database of over 1,000 occupations across the U.S. economy. The database is continuously updated by a wide range of employees in each occupation. Users can view occupation salaries, outlook, demand, and education/ skills needed.
O*NET: Find Occupations

Pathfinder: Career Planning Tool

Pathfinder is a tool that allows you to compare career path options and compare them to each other.
Pathfinder home page

STEM Degree List/ Career List

National list of "STEM" careers and degrees.
STEM Degree List: Information about STEM education

The Occupational Outlook Handbook

A resource of career information, education, training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.
United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook 


Xello is an engaging career planning resource for students. Students are able to develop personalized plans by exploring future possibilities. Gaining knowledge, skills, and insight to make informed decisions.  Xello is priced on a per-student basis and your district may already have access to the program.
Xello home page

Career Panel Video:  Watch 4 People Share Their Career Paths


Future Workforce Outlook:

For more information regarding the future workforce visit our articles and research page.