Career and Major Exploration

Choosing a major is a complex and personal process. At the Career Development Center, we provide you with the tools necessary to assist you with declaring your academic major and finding the right career.

Our office has proven career assessments, web-based career resources, experiential opportunities, and career counselors that are available to assist you.

If you would like to schedule an appointment to meet with a career counselor, please contact Career Development Center at 559.278.2381.

Career Counseling Services

Career counseling can help you reduce confusion, make choices, and create changes in your life suitable for the academic and competitive work environment. It can also help you make better decisions, become more aware of your feelings and needs in relationship to your career choice, and improve your professional skills.

Do you need assistance with deciding on a career, choosing a major, finding an internship, searching for a job, or applying to graduate school? We offer assistance with all of these areas, including:

  • Professional resumes
  • Career exploration and career assessment inventories
  • Graduate school preparation
  • Interviewing skills (including mock interviews)
  • Managing job offers & salary negotiation
  • And much more.....

Career counselors are available to discuss any of your career concerns. Please call us at 559.278.2381 to schedule an appointment.

Career Planning

Career planning is a lifelong process in selecting an occupation, locating career opportunities, professionally developing one's self in a career, and possibly changing one's career.

It may happen once in your lifetime, but it is more likely to happen several times as an individual gains experience and redefines his or her self due a combination of their personal and/or career goals.

Career Planning: A Four Step Process

The career planning process is comprised of four steps, D.I.G.S., where one should consider seeking the expertise and services of a career development professional to help through this process. Whether or not you choose to work with a professional or on your own, the amount of energy and commitment you put into choosing a career is important.

Ready to start planning? Click here to learn more.

Online Resources for Career Research

California Career Zone

California Career Zone has extensive career information, but tailors it toward California and allows you to search careers by industry. The website has an "Assess Yourself" function in which you are able to assess your interests and match up your interest code with careers in the database. You are also able to "Get a Reality Check" by creating a budget with respect to the living expenses in a California city of your choice.

CareerOneStop Portal

Maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, this site contains an extensive amount of career, salary, education, and job search information.

Learn How to Become

This site provides detailed insight into 45 of career fields, including accounting, engineering, medical assisting, nursing, firefighting, financial advising and teaching. Each career has its own customized "how-to" guide, educational and professional steps needed to enter the field, and resources specific to the career in focus.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is maintained by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics in the U.S. Department of Labor. It has an extensive listing of careers and information on daily tasks, education required, salary, job outlook. The handbook is revised every two years to ensure up to date information.

O*NET

This site, also maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor, is able to assess your skills, values, abilities, and interests and match them up with career information in the extensive database. This site makes the information from the Occupational Outlook Handbook interactive as you are able to reach it through a variety of searches, not just alphabetically.

The Riley Guide

The Riley Guide introduces you to the online job search, listing many online sites and resources that are helpful for your search. This site also provides links to insightful articles on various job search needs such as resume writing, interviewing, etc.

What Can I Do With This Major or Degree?

Click on this portion of our website to link Fresno State Majors and Degrees to potential career paths and resources

Salary Information

In addition to the salary information you can find in the above sites, you can also find salary information specific to your zip code through the use of Salary.com