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Research Career Fields/Occupations
Research Marquette Majors
Research Employers Online

Research Organizations
Research Graduate and Professional Schools
Research Post Graduate Service Organizations

Research Career Fields/Occupations


The best way to learn what it is really like in a particular career field is through research. This can be done in two ways: online resources and informational interviewing (talking to people in the field).

For each career field you are exploring be sure to gather at least the following information:

  • Salary range
  • Employment outlook
  • Education requirements
  • General description of career/job
  • Skills needed
  • Work environment/conditions
  • What people in this field like and dislike about their positions

Online Resources

All career research comes from one place: the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Below are some of Career Services favorite online resources, which offer different ways to locate and organization occupational information.

Other Methods

Research Marquette Majors

Research Organizations


  1. Every employer expects you to know how to do research as a result of your education. Therefore, it is expected that you know as much as possible about his/her company. Research coupled with being able to ask pertinent questions and discuss the organization and field with some degree of familiarity will reflect your ability to be a self-starter.


This is a good list of resources for researching employers

    Reference USA
    Reference USA is a database of 12 million companies and organizations. It is searchable by geographic location, SIC codes, company size, etc.
    - Access Reference USA
    - Additional Information on: Reference USA

    Book of Lists
    Access the most comprehensive coverage of local business news and information from major metropolitan cities across the country with American City Business Journals. Each business journal contains local leads that can provide job seekers with the opportunities they need to start or change careers.

    Digital Editions: Exact digital replicas of the weekly business journals, including all the lists and special publications. Read them online, or print/download selected pages . . . it’s your choice.

    Digital Book of Lists: Our most popular business resource containing the names and contact information of hundreds of rank-ordered companies.

    Unlimited Access to the Online Story Archive: Search 10+ years of business journal articles in HTML format.

    - Access Book of Lists

    The Riley Guide: Target and Research
    A compilation of sites designed for employer and company research. Includes business and non-profit directories, business rankings, financial and stock market sites, and more.
    -Access The Riley Guide: Research and Target Employers

  1. Areas you could research include:
    1. History of the organization
    2. Types of products/services offered
    3. Reputation
    4. Locations
    5. Size and organizational structure
    6. Financial stability
    7. Philosophy
    8. Prospects for growth or change
    9. Major competitors
    10. Promotional activities
    11. Current industry trends/issues
    12. Mission and vision of the organization

Research Graduate and Professional Schools

Career Services suggest applying to nine institutions (programs)

    1. Three "safe" schools: a program that you will almost certainly get into because your test scores, GPA, and grades are well above average when you look at the program's profile.
    2. Three "reach" schools: a program that you have a chance of getting into, but your test scores, GPA, and grades are a bit on the low side when you look at the program's profile.
    3. Three "match" schools: a program that you are pretty likely to get into because your test scores, GPA, and grades fall right into the middle range when you look at the program's profile.

Graduate and Professional School Listings

The Student Doctor Network
Rating of medical schools through surveys of candidates who completed interviews there. Offers valuable insight about the interview day, questions, campus etc. (Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Podiatry, Pharmacy, Psychology, Veterinary)

Peterson's Guide
Search for graduate and professional programs by academic level or keyword.

On-line database of graduate programs and descriptions by field of study.

Grad Source: the Magazine for Graduate Studies
Provides students with a searchable database of grad schools and programs, useful links and resources, a resume builder, career profiles and articles not published in the magazine.

Graduate Guide
A comprehensive graduate college resource with multiple search features and resources for prospective graduate students seeking to attend college.

College Source
Features over 9,000 college catalogs representing 4-year, graduate, and professional schools.

The most comprehensive resource for education and career decision making. Determine your personality type, explore college majors, colleges, and careers.

APA Education Directorate
Provides information for teachers and students of psychology on accreditation, continuing professional education, scholarships, grants, and funding. Links to resources for faculty and administrators about K-12 teaching and education for all levels.

Chronicle of Higher Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education is the number one news and job-information source for college and university faculty members, administrators, and students.

Princeton Review
Through The Princeton Review, students receive smart, effective, efficient test preparation, admissions help, and financial advice.

Kaplan, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Washington Post Company, is one of the nation's premier providers of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan has helped transform the for-profit education industry, setting professional standards in an era of educational innovation, global expansion and technological advancement.

CollegeNET is the complete online guide to colleges, universities, graduate programs and financial aid. With CollegeNET you can find the perfect college for you with the college search engine, apply to that college online, then get the funds to pay for college using the scholarship search service and directory. In addition, we provide many links to useful resources and advice to prospective students.

Research Post Graduate Service Organizations

  1. Non-Profit/Service Resources