A Day in the Life of a Special Agent - Special Agents have many different
responsibilities, including community outreach, investigation, and continuous training. Learn what one
particular day in the life of an Agent in Washington, D.C., may be.
Accountant - Accountants and auditors keep track of a company's money.
The company's managers and people outside the company read their reports. Managers look at the
accountants' reports to see how well their companies are doing.
Actor - Actors
perform in stage, radio, television, video, or motion pictures. It's hard for most actors to find steady work. Only
a few become famous "stars." They also teach in high school or college drama departments, acting
conservatories, or public programs.
Actuaries deal with risk. They decide how likely things such as death, sickness, injury, disability, and loss of
property are to occur, as well as the costs of these things.
Agricultural and Food Scientist - How can farms use less labor? Control pests and
weeds? Conserve soil and water? Do all of the above, yet still grow more food? Agricultural and food
scientists look for the answers to these kinds of questions.
Architects design houses and buildings. They plan offices and apartments. They design schools, churches,
and airport terminals. Their plans involve far more than a building's looks. Buildings must be safe and
Artist - Artists
make art to express what they are feeling or thinking. They use many methods—drawing, painting, sculpting.
They use an assortment of materials—different kinds of paints, pencils, and pens, plaster, clay, and even
Mechanic - Automotive service technicians and mechanics fix cars or light trucks that have
broken down. They must be able to figure out the source of the problem quickly and correctly. They must
know automobiles well.
Aviation and Space Careers - (Federal Aviation Administration) - Find out how to
become a mechanic or a pilot.
Clerk - Bookkeeping clerks add, subtract, multiply, and divide many numbers each day. They
must be able to use computers to calculate and record data. There is a wide variety of bookkeeping clerks.
Certain clerks handle only specific accounts. Some bookkeepers maintain books for an entire company.
Career Information - NASA - NASA isn't just astronauts and scientists.
NASA has engineers, mathematicians, technicians, accountants, historians, writers, computer support
people, project managers, artists, educators, human resource personnel, public relations managers,
physicians, lawyers -- and more. The most important thing for preparing to find a job at NASA is that you
study what you like and work hard to achieve your goals.
Career Videos - Career Voyages - (Department of Labor) - You will find
videos about some of the specific occupations in different industries, such as the automotive industry or retail
Career Voyages - (Department of Labor) - Do you know what you want to be when
you grow up? What job do you think you would like? At this fantastic website, you’ll learn all about different
jobs, their pay and growth prospects, and how to prepare for them.
Careers in Earth Science - (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) - One of
NASA's biggest assets has always been its people. Through distinguished service, ability, courage, and
education you can make a contribution to the advancement of Earth Science.
Carpenters build many things from wood and other materials, like buildings and boats. They construct, erect,
install, and repair structures and other fixtures. To do this, they cut, fit, and join the various materials
Everything is made of chemicals. Chemists and materials scientists find ways to make chemicals useful to us.
They also try to improve things that people use daily, such as paint, medicine, and cosmetics, as well as cars
Worker - Childcare workers teach and care for children while their parents are away. They
make sure children are safe. They might also help them play games, do art, and read books. Childcare
workers need to be energetic, fun, and patient. They help kids gain new skills and learn how to get along with
Engineer - Civil engineers design things. These might be roads, buildings, airports, tunnels,
dams, bridges, or water supply and sewage systems. They must consider many factors in their designs, from
the costs to making sure the structure will stay intact during bad weather.
Coach - (Bureau
of Labor Statistics) - Coaches help people learn how to play a sport. They start by teaching them the basics.
They show them the proper form and technique.
Computer Hardware Engineer - (Bureau of Labor Statistics) - Computer hardware
engineers research, design, develop, test, and oversee the installation of computer hardware. Computer
hardware engineers are much like electronics engineers, but work only with computers. The rapid advances
in computers are a result of their work. To keep up, these workers must stay up to date on what they
Computer Software Engineer - (Bureau of Labor Statistics) - The impact of
computers on our lives means there is a need to develop new software. Computer software engineers apply
computer science, engineering, and math to design, develop, and test software.
Computer Support Specialist - (Bureau of Labor Statistics) - Computer support
specialists help people use computers. When something goes wrong, support specialists figure out why.
Then, they try to fix it.
Estimator - Cost estimators figure out how much a project or product will cost. This helps
business owners and managers decide whether to build a structure or manufacture a product.
Reporter - Court reporters make word-for-word reports of court cases, meetings, speeches,
and other events. Court reporters play a critical role in legal proceedings. They are expected to create a
complete and accurate legal record.
Dancers express ideas, stories, rhythm, and sound with their bodies. Some dance in ballet; others perform
modern dance. Dancers work in musical shows, in folk, ethnic, tap, and jazz dances. Many dancers also
teach or choreograph dances.
Database Administrator - Computer databases that store information on
customers, inventory, and projects are found in nearly every industry. Data must be stored, organized, and
managed. Database administrators work with database software to find ways to do this. They identify user
needs, set up computer databases, and test systems.
(Bureau of Labor Statistics) - Are you creative? Designers have a desire to create; they mix knowledge with
artistic ability. Designers focus in a specific area of design, such as cars or websites.
Publisher - (Bureau of Labor Statistics) - Using computer software, these workers combine
printed materials, numbers, pictures, and charts to prepare publications. Find out more.
Diplomat - Careers at the State Department - (Department of State) - Do you find
the life of a diplomat interesting but don't know where to begin? You may just find what you're looking for.
Jockey - (Bureau of Labor Statistics) - Disc jockeys, sometimes called "deejays," put music on
the radio. They also talk about the news, sports, and weather. They also make commercials, talk with guests,
and tell you what's going on in the community.
Discovering Your Interests and Talents -
GirlsHealth.gov - (Office of Women's Health) - Taking the time to think about your interests and
abilities is the first step toward discovering what it is you want to do now as a teen, or even later when you
become an adult.
Doctor - (Bureau
of Labor Statistics) - Doctors use science to figure out what is making people sick. Doctors examine people,
listen to them describe their health problems, and do tests to see what is wrong.
Drafter - Drafters
make drawings and plans. Drafters use math and engineering skills to add numbers to their drawings. They
can turn someone's rough sketch into an exact drawing. Some plans show how to make objects like toys,
toasters, and machinery. Some plans are for larger things like houses and office buildings.
Economists do research. They prepare surveys to collect data, and then figure out what the data mean. They
also forecast how the economy might change in the future. Economists study topics such as prices, jobs,
taxes, interest rates, and the stock market.
Engineer - Electrical engineers design new and better electronics. They also test equipment and
solve problems. A project starts by deciding what the new electronics will do. Then, the engineer designs the
circuits and other parts of the electronics. Engineers might draw their designs using a computer.
Without these workers, there would be no lights, no computers, and no TVs plugged into our walls.
Electricians bring us electricity. They put in the wires that carry electricity through houses, offices, and
factories. They also fix electric machines.
Technician - Engineering technicians solve technical problems. Some help engineers and
scientists do research and development. They build or set up equipment. They do experiments. They collect
data and calculate results.
Environmental Scientist - Environmental scientists find and fix pollution and other
environmental problems. They figure out what is in the air, water, and soil to make sure that the environment is
safe. They also give advice on how to clean the environment.
Estuaries.Gov - Students Page - (National Estuarine Research Reserve
System) - Learn about basic estuarine concepts and answer questions to solve a puzzle. You can also find
information about careers in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the knowledge
and skills required to enter these careers, and much more.
Farmers grow crops and raise animals. Farmers decide when to plant, fertilize, harvest, and sell crops.
Farmers watch the prices for the crops they produce and try to sell at the best time. They choose what types
of machinery, seeds, and animals to buy. Farmers use new technology, and they learn about new farming
Investigates a Spy - (Federal Bureau of Investigation) - Special Agents have been investigating
and catching spies for over 60 years! A spy is a person who keeps secret watch on another person or thing
to get information.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Students’ Corner -
This Corner is intended to explain to students of all ages how the FERC regulates energy for the United
States. There are many different things to learn about FERC, including the history and the energy industries
we regulate and our commitment to the environment.
Federal Prosecutor - (Department of Justice) - Federal prosecutors are attorneys
who represent the Federal government in a court of law and attempt to prove that a person or company
committed a crime.
Analyst - Financial analysts help people decide how to invest their money. They work for banks,
insurance companies, mutual funds, and securities firms.
Firefighters put out fires, which is not as simple as it may sound. Fighting fires is dangerous and complex, and
it takes organization and teamwork.
Future State - U.S. Department of State for Youth - (Department of State) - The State
Department has embassies in more than 190 countries. Find out at this great site how you can prepare for an
exciting career as a diplomat or foreign service officer.
Getting a Job at the CIA - Working at the CIA can be a very
exciting and rewarding career. The CIA is looking for enthusiastic people with unquestioned integrity, strong
interpersonal skills, and the desire to be a part of a mission that helps protect and secure our family, friends,
Health Care - Career Voyages - (Department of Labor) - Find out about nursing,
primary care, long-term care and more.
Resources Assistant - Human resources assistants keep records of a company's employees.
Every day, human resources assistants update information and answer questions about employees. They
also may create reports for managers.
Judge - Judges are
in charge of trials. They make sure that trials are fair. They resolve differences between lawyers. They read
the law to decide what lawyers can and can't do.
Architect - Landscape architects decide where to put flowers, trees, walkways, and other
landscape details. They work with architects, surveyors, and engineers to find the best place to put roads
and buildings. They work with environmental scientists to find the best way to conserve or restore natural
Lawyers spend a lot of time doing research. To be a good lawyer, a person must be good at finding facts in
books, on computers, and in other places. Lawyers also interview people to get information.
(Bureau of Labor Statistics) - Librarians help people find facts. They organize information and help people find
books, magazines, videos, websites, and other information.
Officer - Loan officers help people apply for loans. This lets people do things like buy a house or
a car, or pay for college. Loan officers help businesses by loaning them money to get started or to buy
Look to the Future: Careers in Space - Since you were little, you have
probably associated space careers with astronauts, walking on the moon, Neil Armstrong, and space
shuttles. Not every space career involves hopping around in a big spacesuit, but there are lots of
opportunities available for exciting space careers today.
Mathematician Quiz - (National Center for Education Statistics) - Complete this profile and
learn which famous mathematician shares your interests.
Mathematicians - (Bureau of Labor Statistics) - Mathematicians use
mathematical theory, computational techniques and the latest computer technology to solve economic,
scientific, engineering, physics, and business problems.
Meteorology and Your Career - (Naval Meteorology and
Oceanography Command) - Curious about Navy careers in weather? Find out what a meteorologist does and
how to become one.
Musicians and singers compose, sing, and play music. They perform solo or as part of a group. They perform
in sound studios and on stage. They also perform on television and in movies. Some musicians go on concert
tours, traveling all over the U.S. and the world.
Nurse - Nurses,
also called registered nurses or RNs, take care of sick and injured people. They give people medicine. They
treat wounds. And they give emotional support to patients and their families.
Oceanography and Your Career - (Naval Meteorology
and Oceanography Command) - Learn what an oceanographer does, and how you can become one.
Paralegals, or legal assistants, help lawyers in their work. They perform some of the same tasks as lawyers.
Paralegals investigate cases to make sure that lawyers know all of the important facts.
Peace Corps -
Teens - Peace Corps Volunteers are exposed to some of the most interesting and exciting
things this world has to offer and their experiences are both one-of-a-kind and once-in-a-lifetime.
Pharmacist - Pharmacists are experts in medicine and its side effects. They
sometimes help doctors choose which medicines to give patients. Pharmacists also warn doctors if the
doctors have asked their patients to take any medicine that might hurt their patients.
Photographer - Photographers know how to choose the right tools to give
them the best picture. They use different things such as lights, lenses, and film to create a picture. New digital
technology is being used more and more by photographers. A lot of them use computers to finish their
Physicists study the natural world, from the tiniest subatomic particles to the largest galaxies. They do
experiments to discover the laws of nature. They study what things are made of (matter) and how things
behave. They also study energy. They learn how it changes from one form to another.
Pilot - Pilots fly
airplanes and helicopters to do many jobs. Most pilots fly people and cargo from place to place. Some pilots
test new planes, fight fires, do police work, or rescue people who are hurt or in danger.
Officer - Police and detectives enforce laws. They catch criminals. They collect evidence. At
times they testify in court. Others patrol set areas to prevent crime. Some patrol and give out traffic tickets.
Some police direct traffic. Most police wear uniforms. Detectives and special agents work in regular clothes.
Most detectives are part of regular police forces. Special agents work for Federal and State agencies.
(Bureau of Labor Statistics) - Politicians run Federal, State, and local governments; they are the Nation's chief
executives and legislators. They get their jobs by being elected. They make and pass laws that affect all of
Athlete - Very athletic people might want to consider getting a job as a "pro" athlete. But they
should know that very few athletes ever make it that far. It's a good idea, then, to have another job in mind as
Psychologist - Psychologists study the human mind. They also try to explain
why people act as they do. They do research to test their ideas about people's actions.
Agent - Real estate agents help people buy and sell houses. They must be able to say
approximately how much money a house is worth. They need to know what the neighborhoods in their towns
are like. They must know the laws that have to do with buying or selling a house. They also can tell home
buyers where to get a loan if they need more money to buy a house.
Recreation and Fitness Worker - Recreation workers plan and teach activities that
people enjoy in their free time. This may include camping, sports, arts and crafts, dance, or drama. Recreation
workers organize these activities for people of all ages.
Therapist - Recreational therapists help people who are sick or hurt to get active again. They
use sports, games, arts, crafts, and music to help patients build confidence and get back into life.
Reporters gather information and write news stories. These stories appear in newspapers and magazines.
Some reporters appear on television and radio. To get information, reporters look at documents. They observe
the scene. They interview people.
Scientists in Action - (Geological Survey) - Want to map the planets, explore the ocean
floor; protect wildlife, or forecast volcanic eruptions? If this sounds like fun, then take a peek at this website
and learn about various careers in the natural sciences.
Secretaries make appointments. They put files in order. They also write letters and answer the phone. They
may make travel plans. Secretaries use computers, fax machines, and copiers. Secretaries make sure that
the information that leaves the office is right. Other people in the office rely on secretaries to keep things
Slide Shows - Coverdell World Wise Schools - (Peace
Corps) - Listen to Peace Corps Volunteers talk about their experience and express their opinions through their
own photographs and in their own voices.
Worker - Social workers help people overcome problems and make their lives better. They might
work with people who are homeless, sick, or having family problems. Or they might help students who are
having trouble in school.
Agriculture in the Classroom - (Department of Agriculture, NASA) - Learn about the space
program and the role of agriculture in our economy and society. Helps students see the connection between
agricultural practices on Earth that relate to space-based research, particularly in the plant sciences.
Star Child - Astronauts - Every two years, NASA must make the
difficult decision of selecting new members of the astronaut corps. Learn what it takes to be an astronaut.
Statisticians help to design surveys and experiments. They also collect, analyze, and interpret numerical data.
Some work for businesses and some work in government.
Surveyor - Do
you know where your backyard ends and your neighbor's yard begins? Have you ever wondered how maps
are created? These are questions for a surveyor. Surveyors measure and draw what the earth's surface
Analyst - (Bureau of Labor Statistics) - These workers figure out how to use computers to get
things done. They tell businesses and other organizations which computers and software to buy, and they
decide how to get those tools to work together.
Teachers teach children to read, write, do math, and much more. They use games, videos, computers, and
other tools to teach children different subjects. Teachers show students skills. They also explain information.
Teachers plan their lessons before they teach.
Link - (Small Business Administration) - Want to own a small business? At this site you will find
ideas for a business, how to start a small business, business tips, and meet successful young
Planner - City planners figure out the best way to use the land in cities and neighborhoods. They
report on the best location for houses, stores, and parks. They try to solve a lot of problems. These include
things such as too much traffic and increases in air pollution.
USA Freedom Corps for Youth - (White House) - There are opportunities to help all
across America and we’ve put together some ideas on this site to help you find the right opportunity.
Veterinarian - Veterinarians take care of sick and injured animals. Like
doctors, they perform surgery and give medicine. When an animal is sick, vets examine it to find out why.
Videos - Coverdell World Wise Schools - (Peace Corps) - Vivid
videos of daily life in Peace Corps countries from Kyrgyzstan and Sri Lanka to the Dominican Republic and
Paraguay. Gender and Development videos are also available.
Webmaster - (Bureau of Labor Statistics) - Webmasters make websites; they
turn words and art into Internet sites that people can use. They give computers instructions about how
words and art should look on the computer screen.
NASA - (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) - There are many math, science, and
technology careers for women at NASA. At this interesting site you can take the NASA quest and read
profiles of NASA experts about their work days.
Working for the Great Outdoors - A Day In The Life - (Forest Service) - Take a
closer look at just what it's like "on the job" for a few of the people of the Forest Service.
Writer - Writers
and editors write! Writers write stories, or they write about things that really happened. They write books, and
they write articles for magazines or journals. They write for newspapers, and they write for radio and
Many people like animals, but taking care of them is hard work. Zookeepers take care of wild animals in zoos
and animal parks. They feed the animals, clean their living spaces, and work to keep them healthy.
Doc - The interactive site, created by the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia,
guides children through a variety of topics like understanding dog behavior, fun facts about sheep and Paco's
story, in which a little donkey has his leg fixed.
Aquarium Careers - Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Even if you love the seas, but get seasick as soon as you leave the shore, you can still find a marine-
related career that suits your talents and interests.
Aviation Careers - Young Eagles - Find out about careers in the airline industry, like
becoming a pilot and aircraft manufacturing.
Careers in Marine Sciences -
New England Aquarium - Find out what it takes to have a career in marine sciences at one of
the world’s premier aquariums.
Engineering - So what is engineering? It's hard to get a good idea from just a few words. This
whole site is meant to help answer that question.
EEK! - Career Zone - (Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources) - Do you think you
might want to have a job that involves helping take care of the environment? Check out these careers.
Engineer Girl! -
There are plenty of opportunities for women and girls in engineering. Space, medicine, environmental and
communications - all need engineers. At this cool site you can check out fun facts, learn about women in
engineering and what you need to know to become one.
Engineering K-12 Center - Have you ever wondered who created that spine-tingling
ride you love so much at the amusement park? Have you ever thought about why today’s cars are more fuel-
efficient and cause less pollution? Or who came up with instant messaging? The answer is engineers. If you
want to change the world through innovations like these, a career in engineering will help you do it.
Girls Go Tech - Careers You Can Count On - Math, science and technology are as
varied as they are exciting. Find out more about the careers associated with them.
and Careers - There are so many jobs out there, and you're bound to find something that's right
Post - Get the scoop on current events and entertainment, homework help, and have fun with
games, polls, and more from The Washington Post.
Mapping Your Future - No matter what you dream of doing with your life, preparing
yourself for life (and most likely education) after high school is important.
Marine Science Careers - Georgia Aquarium - Find out what a
Research Biologist, Marine Mammalogist, Ichthyology, Biological Oceanographers and more do on a daily
Ambassadors - An exciting new joint project of Oprah’s Angel Network and Free The Children
that will inspire young people to become active, compassionate and knowledgeable global citizens. The
program connects young people in North America with people around the world to create lasting change.
Participants address problems such as hunger, poverty and limited access to education.
The Fun Works - For Careers You Never Knew Existed - You may not know
now exactly what you want to do as an adult, but this site will help you start. Discover who you are, what
you like to do, and what you do best.
Working at the San Diego Zoo - There are so many jobs you can do at the zoo. Learn
about working with animals, plants, science, conservation, and much, much more.
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