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CAREER PATHWAY GUIDANCE
The California CareerZone is a resource of the California Department of Education's (CDE) California Career Resource Network (CalCRN) program and has been available to Californians since 2005. Statewide access to the California CareerZone is supported by an allocation of Carl D. Perkins funding from the California Department of Education.
For 15 years, we’ve made it our mission to talk with professionals of every kind and ask the questions that no one is asking—honest questions about their struggles, successes, and how they figured out the age-old dilemma, “What should I do with my life?”
From video game designers to lawyers, sports journalists to STEM professionals, and everything in between, we’ve sought out untold stories and shared them. These stories form the basis of our career exploration products—including an educational curriculum, personalized online tools, video content, bestselling books, and live events. Together, these tools create a diverse and relevant collection of resources showing young people the vast scope of careers and possibilities.
To help students and their families make important decisions about investing time and money in a college education, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, through Salary Surfer, is providing comparative information about the earnings of recent California community college graduates who received an award in a specific program of study. Salary Surfer uses the aggregated earnings of graduates from a five-year period to provide an estimate on the potential wages to be earned two and five years after receiving a certificate or degree in certain disciplines. This tool also provides information on which colleges offer programs in those specific disciplines. Salary Surfer does not contain information about wages earned by community college students who transfer to a four-year institution. While it is useful to know the potential earnings after receiving a certificate or degree, other important considerations, such as personal interest and skill, should be used in selecting an educational program. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions or need more information about the data and methodology used to develop Salary Surfer.
information technology pathway
Information Technology Pathway - Software Engineer
Location is also important when selecting a career path. San Francisco, New York, and Seattle are amongst the most preferred cities where graduates can find software engineer jobs.
Job Title: Software Engineer
Summary: Design, program, and update software.
Salary Range: $70,138 - $112,000
Industry: Computer Software
Assessments can help you choose a good career fit.
Career assessment is a way to learn more about how well a variety of careers might suit you. Each assessment focuses on a specific area, such as skills, interests, or values. Typically, an assessment asks you to answer questions about what you like, don't like, what’s important to you, and what your strengths are.
Since assessment results may relate to as many as 900 different occupations, don't panic if your results include careers that don't interest you. Experts recommended that you take more than one assessment to broaden your ideas before you make a decision. It can also be helpful to talk with a career counselor, family and friends before making a career decision.
What can an assessment help you do?
- Learn about occupations that are a good match for you
- Decide where you need more training or experience
- Identify the skills you bring to a job
- Write more personal, detailed resumes and cover letters
- Consider careers you may not have thought about before
What can't an assessment do?
- Guarantee that you will like a particular career
- Ensure that careers you are suited for will be in high demand by employers
- Account for differences within the same career. For example, a nurse may work in different conditions in an emergency room compared to a nursing home. Or different employers provide an environment that can make the same career more or less attractive.
Try these assessments to start:
- The Interest Assessment is a quick 30-question assessment that identifies your interests and matches them to careers
- The Skills Matcher identifies your skills and matches them to careers that use those skills
- O*NET's Interest Profiler is a 60-question assessment that measures your interests and shows how they relate to careers
- For more assessments and help with understanding and applying your results, talk with a career counselor at a community college, community agency or your nearest American Job Center.