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Although starting a career feels far away, the more prepared you are to work, the more likely you are to succeed. And if you don't know what you want to be when you grow up, that's perfectly ok.

It's hard to know what you really want to do with your life when there are so many choices. But we do want you to have information on what jobs are growing, what jobs are paying, and what jobs are just emerging.

This website is intended to be a helping hand for you to research the jobs you might like and to discover some new favorites. We're not talking homework. Just keep an open mind and have some fun!

Industries
Advanced Manufacturing Automotive Construction
Energy Financial Services Health Care
Hospitality Information Technology Retail
Transportation Aerospace and the "BioGeoNano" Technologies


Our Favorite Career Web Sites for Kids

These are some of the best web sites out there for kids on different careers and there are even more in each of the industry pages above!


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Advanced Manufacturing

Machine Operator - copyright ©If you've learned about the industrial revolution, you may have heard a lot of bad things about factories being dirty or dangerous places. Ugh! If you visit many factories today, you might be surprised how safe and clean they are. In modern factories, people get to work with robotics, lasers and other advanced technology.

Advanced manufacturing offers a lot of different jobs, because the finished product can be almost anything! For example, if you like science and are good with computers, you could help manufacture medicine or computer chips.

So go ahead and explore the world of advanced manufacturing with these cool videos:

Videos


Career Video for Hand Polishers and Grinders - Real format Career Video for Hand Polishers and Grinders - Windows Media format Hand Polishers and Grinders
Career Video for Machine Setters and Tenders - Real format Career Video for Machine Setters and Tenders - Windows Media format Machine Setters and Tenders
Career Video for Machinists - Real format Career Video for Machinists - Windows Media format Machinists
Career Video for Mechanical Engineers - Real format Career Video for Mechanical Engineers - Windows Media format Mechanical Engineers
Career Video for Precision Inspectors, Testers, and Graders - Real format Career Video for Precision Inspectors, Testers, and Graders - Windows Media format Precision Inspectors, Testers, and Graders
Career Video for Precision Assemblers - Real format Career Video for Precision Assemblers - Windows Media format Precision Assemblers
Career Video for Tool and Die Makers - Real format Career Video for Tool and Die Makers - Windows Media format Tool and Die Makers

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Automotive

Mechanic - copyright ©Do you ever imagine how much fun it will to drive? Have you ever thought it would be fun to work with cars as well as drive them? They go fast. They look cool. If your family has ever had a car break down, you know what a pain that can be and how important the person who fixes it is!

An automotive job is a great way to help out others when they experience a breakdown. Plus you'll have the knowledge to prevent it from happening to you! To learn more about mechanics, technicians, and other automotive jobs, check out these cool videos:

Videos


Career Video for Automotive Body Repairers - Real format Career Video for Automotive Body Repairers - Windows Media format Automotive Body Repairers
Career Video for Automotive Technicians - Real format Career Video for Automotive Technicians - Windows Media format Automotive Technicians
Career Video for Motorcycle Mechanics - Real format Career Video for Motorcycle Mechanics - Windows Media format Motorcycle Mechanics

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Construction

Crane Operator - copyright ©Hard hats, lots of noise, and big orange cones may come to mind when someone mentions the construction industry. But did you ever think about how many workers it took to build the home stadium of your favorite sports team? How about why some bridges have beams (the long flat ones) while others have trusses (the ones with lots of triangular shapes)? How about the number of gallons of water that a dam can hold?

Construction is a cool industry because it takes both brains and muscle to make things happen. There is a lot of time spent thinking and planning what will be built. There are a lot of interesting machines to work with, from the smallest chisel to the largest earthmover. And the finished products affect every aspect of the world around us: just about every place we play, learn, work, eat, and sleep was made by construction workers.

Are you ready to take on the construction industry? Take a look at the videos we have and some of our favorite web sites that will introduce you to the world of construction. Have fun!

Videos


Career Video for Architecture and Construction - Real format Career Video for Architecture and Construction - Windows Media format Architecture and Construction (Industry Overview)
Career Video for Architects, Except Landscape and Naval - Real format Career Video for Architects, Except Landscape and Naval - Windows Media format Architects, Except Landscape and Naval
Career Video for Carpenters - Real format - Real format Career Video for Carpenters - Windows Media format Carpenters
Career Video for Crane and Tower Operators - Real format Career Video for Crane and Tower Operators - Windows Media format Crane and Tower Operators
Career Video for Drafters - Real format Career Video for Drafters - Windows Media format Drafters
Career Video for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas - Real format Career Video for Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas - Windows Media format Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
Career Video for Electricians - Real format Career Video for Electricians - Windows Media format Electricians
Career Video for Excavating and Loading Machine Operators - Real format Career Video for Excavating and Loading Machine Operators - Windows Media format Excavating and Loading Machine Operators
Career Video for Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters - Real format Career Video for Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters - Windows Media format Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters
Career Video for Grader, Bulldozer, and Scraper Operators - Real format Career Video for Grader, Bulldozer, and Scraper Operators - Windows Media format Grader, Bulldozer, and Scraper Operators
Career Video for Masons - Real format Career Video for Masons - Windows Media format Masons
Career Video for Painters and Paperhangers - Real format Career Video for Painters and Paperhangers - Windows Media format Painters and Paperhangers
Career Video for Plumbers - Real format Career Video for Plumbers - Windows Media format Plumbers
Career Video for Roofers - Real format Career Video for Roofers - Windows Media format Roofers
Career Video for Structural Iron Workers - Real format Career Video for Structural Iron Workers - Windows Media format Structural Iron Workers
Career Video for Surveyors - Real format Career Video for Surveyors - Windows Media format Surveyors
Career Video for Welders - Real format Career Video for Welders - Windows Media format Welders
Career Video for Wood Machinists - Real format Career Video for Wood Machinists - Windows Media format Wood Machinists

Our Favorite Construction Web Sites For Kids


  • Construct My Future
    This site will teach you all about what a career in construction is all about.
  • Try Tools
    The Try Tools web site has some great links to games, toys and books.
  • Build it Big
    Find out about bridges, domes, skyscrapers, dams, and tunnels. Learn about the people behind these impressive structures and why they love what they do.
  • The Great Picture Book of Construction Equipment
    Find pictures and explanations of the machines that get down and dirty. You'll see the really big stuff here: dump trucks, bulldozers, hydraulic excavators, wheel loaders, cranes, and more.
  • The Great Buildings Collection
    Take a look at this comprehensive site that contains awe-inspiring buildings from all around the world.
  • Bob the Builder
    This is information about construction like you've never seen it before.
  • Hot Shot Business

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Energy

Electrician - copyright ©If you've ever experienced a power outage during a severe storm, you know the importance of energy. Electricity, heat, fuel - these are the bare necessities! Without them, we'd be back to using chunks of ice to freeze our food and open fires to cook it.

In the energy industry, you can do something adventurous like drill for oil out in the ocean, or you can play it safe and investigate new sources of energy. You can be adventurous by repairing electrical lines damaged in a storm or play it safe and work to ensure that people aren't exposed to environmental health hazards.

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to be a part of the industry that maintains life as we know it, check out the jobs that would be suited for you:

Videos


Career Video for Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers - Real format Career Video for Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers - Windows Media format Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
Career Video for Loading Machine Operators, Underground Mining - Real format Career Video for Loading Machine Operators, Underground Mining - Windows Media format Loading Machine Operators, Underground Mining
Career Video for Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators - Real format Career Video for Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators - Windows Media format Underground Mining
Career Video for Nuclear Engineers T - Real format Career Video for Nuclear Engineers - Windows Media format Nuclear Engineers
Career Video for Petroleum Engineers - Real format Career Video for Petroleum Engineers - Windows Media format Petroleum Engineers
Career Video for Power Plant Operators - Real format Career Video for Power Plant Operators - Windows Media format Power Plant Operators
Career Video for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas - Real format Career Video for Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas - Windows Media format Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas
Career Video for Surveyors - Real format Career Video for Surveyors - Windows Media format Surveyors

Our Favorite Energy Web Sites For Kids


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Financial Services

Bank Teller - copyright ©Have you watched your mom or dad do the family taxes, or gone to the bank with them? You might not know a whole lot about money right now but some day, you may be one of the people who help keep the world going 'round.

There are so many jobs that deal with money! You could work in a bank as a teller. You could work for a company that helps people to invest wisely. You could figure out how much a piece of land or property is worth for a real estate company. You could even work for a financial firm, analyzing stocks and conducting transactions worth millions.

Whether it sounds cool or confusing, take a look at how you can work with money to make money:

Videos


Career Video for Accountants and Auditors - Real format Career Video for Accountants and Auditors - Windows Media format Accountants and Auditors
Career Video for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks - Real format Career Video for Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks - Windows Media format Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
Career Video for Credit Analysts - Real format Career Video for Credit Analysts - Windows Media format Credit Analysts
Career Video for Loan Officers - Real format Career Video for Loan Officers - Windows Media format Loan Officers
Career Video for Personal Financial Advisors - Real format Career Video for Personal Financial Advisors - Windows Media format Personal Financial Advisors
Career Video for Tellers - Real format Career Video for Tellers - Windows Media format Tellers

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Health Care

Nurse - copyright ©Ever had a broken bone? How about bronchitis? Being sick or hurt really stinks. Sometimes you can't do the things that you love to do, like play outside or go to sleepovers or eat your favorite foods. Sometimes you even have to stay in a hospital or have an operation. Luckily, health care professionals are there to help us.

We all know about doctors and nurses, but there are a lot of other important jobs to explore! Physical therapists treat problems with muscles, bones, or joints. They use a variety of exercises and equipment to help their patients. That's just one of the many jobs out there.

There are lots of ways to be a part of the team that helps people feel better and have healthier lives. Find out how through the videos and fun links below:

Videos


Career Video for Dental Hygienist - Real format Career Video for Dental Hygienist - Windows Media format Dental Hygienist
Career Video for Dentists - Real format Career Video for Dentists - Windows Media format Dentists
Career Video for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers - Real format Career Video for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers - Windows Media format Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
Career Video for Home Health Aides - Real format Career Video for Home Health Aides - Windows Media format Home Health Aides
Career Video for Licensed Practical Nurses - Real format Career Video for Licensed Practical Nurses - Windows Media format Licensed Practical Nurses
Career Video for Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists - Real format Career Video for Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists - Windows Media format Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
Career Video for Medical and Health Services Managers - Real format Career Video for Medical and Health Services Managers - Windows Media format Medical and Health Services Managers
Career Video for Medical Assistants - Real format Career Video for Medical Assistants - Windows Media format Medical Assistants
Career Video for Optometrists - Real format Career Video for Optometrists - Windows Media format Optometrists
Career Video for Personal Home Care Assistants - Real format Career Video for Personal Home Care Assistants - Windows Media format Personal Home Care Assistants
Career Video for Pharmacists - Real format Career Video for Pharmacists - Windows Media format Pharmacists
Career Video for Physical Therapists - Real format Career Video for Physical Therapists - Windows Media format Physical Therapists
Career Video for Physician Assistants - Real format Career Video for Physician Assistants - Windows Media format Physician Assistants
Career Video for Physicians - Real format Career Video for Physicians - Windows Media format Physicians
Career Video for RadiologicTechnicians and Technologists - Real format Career Video for RadiologicTechnicians and Technologists - Windows Media format Radiologic Technicians and Technologists
Career Video for Registered Nurses - Real format Career Video for Registered Nurses - Windows Media format Registered Nurses

Our Favorite Health Care Web Sites For Kids


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Hospitality

Cook - copyright ©New York City, the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, Disney World... Maybe you've been to these places. Maybe your friends have talked about visiting them. Like any vacation destination, they offer a lot of cool things to see and do. When you work in the hospitality industry, you have the potential to turn a vacation destination into a workplace.

If you like talking and interacting with people, you can be a server, desk clerk, supervisor, or manager. If you're a little shy and like to work behind the scenes, you can cook or help prepare food. Or you can help organize conventions and big parties. These are just a few possibilities. Take a look at these videos to start finding out what jobs you think would be the most fun:

Videos


Career Video for Concierges - Real format Career Video for Concierges - Windows Media format Concierges
Career Video for Cooks, Restaurant - Real format Career Video for Cooks, Restaurant - Windows Media format Cooks, Restaurant
Career Video for Dietitians and Nutritionists - Real format Career Video for Dietitians and Nutritionists - Windows Media format Dietitians and Nutritionists
Career Video for Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop - Real format Career Video for Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop - Windows Media format Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
Career Video for Waiters and Waitresses - Real format Career Video for Waiters and Waitresses - Windows Media format Waiters and Waitresses

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Information Technology

Network Administrator - copyright ©How often do you use computers at school? How often do you use them at home to do homework, chat with friends or play video games? Computers are used just about everywhere, so if you think they're a lot of fun, you may just want to build a career around them.

At the professional workplace, there are programmers who create the instructions that tell a computer what to do. There are data communications analysts who make sure that it is possible for one computer to "talk" to another. There are network administrators who make sure that a company's computers all work together.

To learn more about these important jobs, check out these videos and a very cool technology web site just for kids:

Videos


Career Video for Computer and Data Processing - Real format Career Video for Computer and Data Processing - Windows Media format Computer and Data Processing
Career Video for Computer Hardware Engineers - Real format Career Video for Computer Hardware Engineers - Windows Media format Computer Hardware Engineers
Career Video for Computer Operators - Real format Career Video for Computer Operators - Windows Media format Computer Operators
Career Video for Computer Programmers - Real format Career Video for Computer Programmers - Windows Media format Computer Programmers
Career Video for Computer Software Engineers - Real format Career Video for Computer Software Engineers - Windows Media format Computer Software Engineers
Career Video for Database Administrators - Real format Career Video for Database Administrators - Windows Media format Database Administrators
Career Video for Help Desk Technicians - Real format Career Video for Help Desk Technicians - Windows Media format Help Desk Technicians
Career Video for Network Administrators - Real format Career Video for Network Administrators - Windows Media format Network Administrators
Career Video for Systems Analysts - Real format Career Video for Systems Analysts - Windows Media format Systems Analysts

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Retail

Sales Clerk - copyright ©Are you the type of person who owns ten pairs of jeans, or do you wear a favorite t-shirt to school all week? Do you go to the mall to hang out with your friends? If you are the kid who loves to shop, the retail industry would be a fun place to look for a job.

Malls, shops, and department stores do a lot of advertising to sound appealing. Inside the stores, there are cashiers and clerks who are friendly and ready to help out customers. Different jobs allow you to perform, manage, or supervise all of these activities.

Next time you go to the mall, look around to see how many people it takes to run a store. You just might want to work there someday!

Videos


Career Video for Cashiers - Real format Career Video for Cashiers - Windows Media format Cashiers
Career Video for Customer Service Representatives - Real format Career Video for Customer Service Representatives - Windows Media format Customer Service Representatives
Career Video for Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers - Real format Career Video for Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers - Windows Media format Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers
Career Video for Sales Representatives - Real format Career Video for Sales Representatives - Windows Media format Sales Representatives
Career Video for Salesperson, Retail - Real format Career Video for Salesperson, Retail - Windows Media format Salesperson, Retail

Our Favorite Retail Web Sites For Kids


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Transportation

Bus Drivers - copyright ©Have you ever taken a cross-country trip? How about a family vacation using the mini-van? Traveling on the open road can be a lot of fun (unless you start fighting with your siblings, of course!). Just think: some people sit behind the wheel to go to work. For others, sitting behind the wheel is work.

There are taxi drivers, bus drivers, truck drivers, train conductors, pilots, and so many other jobs that involve travel. These jobs may give you a sense of freedom that is hard to find in a stuffy office! You may be able to set your own hours and work at your own pace.

If you think that independence makes a job more fun, definitely check out these careers!

Videos


Career Video for Air Traffic Controllers - Real format Career Video for Air Traffic Controllers - Windows Media format Air Traffic Controllers
Career Video for Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers - Real format Career Video for Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers - Windows Media format Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers
Career Video for Flight Attendants - Real format Career Video for Flight Attendants - Windows Media format Flight Attendants
Career Video for Highway Maintenance Workers - Real format Career Video for Highway Maintenance Workers - Windows Media format Highway Maintenance Workers
Career Video for Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators- Real format Career Video for Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators- Windows Media format Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
Career Video for Longshoreman - Real format Career Video for Longshoreman - Windows Media format Longshoreman
Career Video for Railroad Yardmasters - Real format Career Video for Railroad Yardmasters - Windows Media format Railroad Yardmasters
Career Video for Ship and Boat Captains - Real format Career Video for Ship and Boat Captains - Windows Media format Ship and Boat Captains
Career Video for Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks - Real format Career Video for Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks - Windows Media format Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks
Career Video for Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs - Real format Career Video for Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs - Windows Media format Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
Career Video for Transportation Managers - Real format Career Video for Transportation Managers - Windows Media format Transportation Managers
Career Video for Transportation, Distribution and Logistics - Real format Career Video for Transportation, Distribution and Logistics - Windows Media format Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
Career Video for Travel Agents - Real format Career Video for Travel Agents - Windows Media format Travel Agents
Career Video for Travel Clerks - Real format Career Video for Travel Clerks - Windows Media format Travel Clerks
Career Video for Truck Drivers, Heavy - Real format Career Video for Truck Drivers, Heavy - Windows Media format Truck Drivers, Heavy
Career Video for Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services - Real format Career Video for Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services - Windows Media format Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services

Our Favorite Transportation Web Sites For Kids


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Emerging Industries

Aerospace ~ Biotechnology ~ Geospatial Technology ~ Nanotechnology

Lab Worker - copyright ©There are some fields that will need a lot more people by the time you are actually thinking seriously about a job so it makes sense to check them out now!

You've probably heard about the international space station that is being built right now high above us. What would it be like to work in space? Talk about not working at a desk job! A career in aerospace may be right for you.

Biotechnology is also quickly becoming a household word. If you've ever watched a TV show where DNA is used to solve a crime or had a relative get a brand new treatment help them get better, you were watching biotechnology at work.

Have you heard of or seen a car with a computer that tells the driver how to get someplace? This amazing ability is due to geospatial technology which uses satellites in space and computers on earth. This field will need people who know how to operate all of this equipment.

And if you want to REALLY be on the cutting edge, learn about nanotechnology. This is the science of using super small particles to do amazing things-once we figure them out! Maybe you'll be the person who develops new products based on nanotechnology.

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Career Video for Aerospace Engineers - Real format Career Video for Aerospace Engineers - Windows Media format Aerospace Engineers
Career Video for Air Traffic Controllers - Real format Career Video for Air Traffic Controllers - Windows Media format Air Traffic Controllers
Career Video for Aircraft Mechanics - Real format Career Video for Aircraft Mechanics - Windows Media format Aircraft Mechanics
Career Video for Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers - Real format Career Video for Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers - Windows Media format Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers
 
Career Video for Biological Scientists - Real format Career Video for Biological Scientists - Windows Media format Biological Scientists
Career Video for Biological, Agricultural, and Food Science Technicians - Real format Career Video for Biological, Agricultural, and Food Science Technicians - Windows Media format Biological, Agricultural, and Food Science Technicians
Career Video for Biomedical Engineers - Real format Career Video for Biomedical Engineers - Windows Media format Biomedical Engineers
Career Video for Chemical Engineers - Real format Career Video for Chemical Engineers - Windows Media format Chemical Engineers
Career Video for Chemists - Real format Career Video for Chemists - Windows Media format Chemists
 
Career Video for Surveyors - Real format Career Video for Surveyors - Windows Media format Surveyors

Our Favorite Emerging Fields Web Sites For Kids


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