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Career and Employment Research
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Online Tutorials
  • Ace the Job Search
    Use this tutorial to see examples of how databases for occupations, companies, industries, and articles are used for job prospecting and background information on potential employers.
Careers & Occupations
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Overviews of occupation and industries compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Covers work environment, salaries, job outlook, similar occupation, and professional associations.
  • Career Outlook
    Articles on career fields, career planning, education and training, pay and benefits. Updates with statistics for states with the largest shares of employment.
  • Career Information Center Authentication Required
    Encyclopedia of information for job seekers on various career areas. Each profile includes a job summary chart, a job description, and up-to-date salary information.
    Produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, (formerly NextWave) is a career guide for scientists. It includes salary surveys, job listings, and articles of interest to the job seeker in a broad range of scientific disciplines.
  • CareerOneStop
    U.S. Dept. of Labor created CareerOneStop in partnership with the states of Minnesota and New York. This powerful suite of national electronic tools includes - America's Job Bank for postings of jobs, America's Career InfoNet, or wage and employment trends, occupational requirements, and state-by-state labor markets and America's Service Locator to find nearby services for workers and employers.
  • GuideStar: The National Database of Nonprofit Organizations Authentication Required
    Information and directory of nonprofit organizations in the United States. Search to find nonprofits by mission, location, income, keywords and other criteria. Includes IRS 990 forms which are tax returns showing operations and other financial information. Licensed for 3 simultaneous users
  • Foundation Directory Online Authentication Required
    Over 80,000 foundations that list job openings, publications and key staff affiliations. Program details and guidelines for funding applications are provided, as well as links to foundation websites.
Salary Guides
  • National Compensation Survey
    The most widely used statistics are produced by the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. This link is to their National Compensation Study. Detailed statistics on earnings, employment and other trends in compensation also found at
  • Minnesota Salary Survey: OES Data Tool
    The Minnesota Occupational Employment Statistics tool provides data on typical wages by occupation and region in the state. The data are used by employers as a benchmark for wages and by job seekers and students who are deciding on careers. The OES Data Tool allows you to select, view and download data for multiple occupations and/or regions.
  • Abbott Langer & Associates
    Recruitment firm that collects salary data from over 7000 participating organizations. Free summery data for selected fields including information technology, marketing/sales, accounting, engineering, human resources, consulting, manufacturing, nonprofits, and legal professions.
  • Job Smart Salary Survey
    Regional salary information from Career Journal with general salary surveys and surveys by occupation.
  • Salary Calculator
    Cost of living conversions for earnings from the National Association of Realtors for cities in the United States.
Resumes, Interviews, and Job Hunting Advice
  • Vault
    Website to explore careers and jobs and commercial publisher of guidebooks.
Job Listings
  • Career Information By Major
    Listings by majors in the College of Continuing Education, College of Design, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
  • GoldPASS
    University of Minnesota service for students to post resumes, view job listings, and register for interview.
  • Indeed.Com
    Useful for searching jobs by location.
  • Academic 360
    Listings of job hunting services for administrative, teaching, and research positions in colleges and universities. Includes job listings by geography for other kinds of positions that require certification.
  • Network for the Chronicle of Higher Education
    Online version of the job listings for the Chronicle of Higher Education, the weekly new source for higher education. Current job listings for positions available in post-secondary institutions and some non-profit organizations.
Library Business Databases
  • Company Directories
    Create lists of companies and other organizations by location or industry. Learn basic information about any company.
  • Comany Profiles
    Get a quick overview of large companies, their operations, and competitors.
  • Industry Databases
    Get background information about industries, leading companies, and emerging trends.
  • Library tutorials
    The University Libraries offers a wealth of information on researching companies and industries.

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