The Department of Labor's Occupational Employment Statistics program breaks down employment statistics in ways useful to you in deciding which careers you're interested in look most promising.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has a veterans' employment web site called Feds Hire Vets. Its purpose is to implement the federal government's new strategy for recruiting and employing military veterans. It's intended to be the preeminent source for federal employment information for veterans, transitioning service members, and their families.
And the state of Maryland also has a similar site called the Military to Federal Jobs Crosswalk (Mil2FedJobs) to help you "translate military occupations to federal jobs".
The Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) "administers federal government job training and worker dislocation programs, federal grants to states for public employment service programs, and unemployment insurance benefits. These services are primarily provided through state and local workforce development systems."
This web site has a wealth of information on a number of different pages:
Find Job & Career Info – "programs, resources and online tools help workers in all stages of the job and career development"
Business & Industry – info about "the public workforce system and how it can help you meet your business objectives, and [getting] involved in your own region, where decisions are made about establishing training programs, and planning economic development"
Workforce Professionals – "resources, tools, updates and links on this page are intended to assist the nation's workforce professionals in serving the needs of workers and business"
ETA Library – "a wealth of information related to America's workforce system"
Regions & States – "The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) funds a variety of programs and services which are administered at the state and local level. Use the links below to find information relevant to your state or region."
Syracuse University, in conjunction with JPMorgan Chase, has created a new Veterans Technology Certificate Program around the university’s Global Enterprise Technology (GET) curriculum. GET integrates “coursework with real-world, on-the-job experience. The purpose of the program is to help veterans interested in technology careers in global companies to move toward that goal.
The program is self-paced and computer-based (completely on-line). Program administrators estimate it will take approximately 240 hours (six weeks of full-time work) to complete. The only application requirements are that you:
ˇ have served on active duty since 10 September 2001,
ˇ are preparing to separate (e.g., checking out or attending a TAP seminar before separating) or are a veteran,
ˇ have demonstrated a genuine interest in and aptitude for technology,
ˇ are able to commit a minimum of four hours per day to the program, and
ˇ submit a complete application (consisting of an application form, a résumé, and two references).
O*NET OnLine is the primary source of occupational information for the United States. O*NET, sponsored by the Employment and Training Administration of the United States Department of Labor. "Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors." O*NET OnLine includes the following features:
a tool for browsing groups of similar occupations to explore careers (by industry, field of work, science area, and more),
an advanced search to let you focus on occupations that use a specific tool or software, allowing you to explore occupations that need your skills,
a tool called "crosswalks" that allows you to connect to a wealth of O*NET data by entering a code or title from another classification to find the related O*NET-SOC occupation.
And there's much more, making this site well worth checking out.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a publication of the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics which includes information about the nature of work, working conditions, training and education, earnings, and job outlook for hundreds of different occupations. For each job title, there’s a separate article all of which are organized as described below, so you can easily compare jobs with different titles.
Nature of the Work
Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement
Sources of Additional Information
The section on training includes education and should answer general questions about the type and amount of training and/or education employers want people who do the job to have.
Check out these web sites (listed alphabetically) if you're looking for information about specific employers. Some are complete free, some may charge for specific things.
You may also find the following articles useful:
The publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine has created a web site that provides loads of information helpful during your transition to the civilian job market and before. There, you’ll find sections on résumés, job and recruiter interviews, wardrobe, education, job fairs, and franchise opportunities.
CAUTION: When reading the info on this site (and many other sites, including military.com), keep in mind that the companies and educational institutions described, discussed, or listed on the site will likely have paid the site’s publisher to get onto it. Don’t assume that because a college or university isn’t on the site that it isn't military friendly. It may be more “military friendly” than others on the site, but just didn’t want to pay or have the money to pay to get onto the site.
On the other hand, don't assume that because a school is included that it's what YOU'D call "military friendly". Beware of sales people disguised as college counselors who talk you into doing something you're really not sure you want to do. This includes taking out loans, using your GI Bill, and taking courses at all.