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Career Information

For many college students, answering the ever present question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" can be difficult and stressful.

Keep in mind that college is about more than preparing you for one specific career — it’s about becoming a lifelong learner.  With the constant changes in technology and the world of work, it is possible the career you’ll end up in hasn’t even been named yet. Enjoy your freedom and the almost unlimited possibilities before you!

Here are some suggested sources of career information:

  • The Center for Career Opportunities (CCO), Purdue University’s placement office, is the place to go on campus for job and internship information. New this year is a step-by-step web tutorial leading students through the career and major exploration process.
  • What careers can you pursue with your major? The possibilities might surprise you:

What Can I Do With This Major? (Albion College)
What Can I Do With a Major In . . . ? (Miami Univ. )
Major Resource Kits (Univ. of Delaware)

  • Want information about salaries that graduates in different majors earn right out of college?  Purdue’s Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) contacts graduates to find out, and the most recent survey results are available.
  • Useful career resources abound on the web!  Here are a sampling we've found helpful for investigating occupational requirements, internship experiences, and salary information.

Successful Web Search Tutorials

Berkeley Library Guide


Job Search Directories, Databases, and Blogs

Open Directory Project

Purdue Library Databases

Management Library Resources

Career Wiki

Google Blog Search


Career Information Websites

America's Job Exchange

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Overview

The Career Interests Game

Career One-Stop

Indiana Career Connect

Learn More Resource Center

Occupational Outlook Handbook

O*Net OnLine

The Riley Guide



Internship and Job Search Websites



Disney College Program


Indiana INTERNnet




One Day, One Internship (internship blog)

Job Search Websites

Purdue's Center for Career Opportunities Internships


Salary Websites


Bankrate's cost of living comparison calculator

State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

BLS Wage Estimates for 800 occupations

updated 12/13/13