Researching the Major Occupational Groups
Fork in the Road

Here we stand at the Fork in the Road.
This is the point at which you will recognize the ‘Field of Interest’ in which you are most comfortable working.
Which road will you take? Let’s have a look at what’s up ahead.

What you’ll find on this page . . .

  1. How to Do Occupational Research
  2. A listing of the Major Occupational Groups
  3. Links to Your Database Research Tools

Note: There is an Occupational Research Worksheet which goes with this page which you’ll find in Career Manual 2 – Appendix 1.

All Tests, Inventories and Worksheets for this website are available in an easily printable format in Career Manuals 1 and 2.


  1. In the list below, look over the main categories or fields of knowledge that most jobs are found in.
  2. Take your Occupational Research Worksheet which you’ve downloaded in Career Manual 2.
  3. Write the headings of those fields, that interest you, across the top of your Occupational Research Worksheet.
  4. Go to the Online Database Links and look at the types of work being done in each of those fields you’ve chosen.
  5. Do any of them appeal to you?
  6. List the Jobs you think you’d be interested in doing in the columns.
  7. When finished, look over the jobs you’ve listed in the columns.
  8. Now which of these lists are you mainly interested in.
  9. That’s the Major Occupational Group that you will find your job in.
  10. Keep the list of jobs in that Occupational Group for Step 3 where you’ll be doing your Job Research

MY GOAL: To find one Major Occupational Field that I find fascinating. Once I have found it, this is where I will focus. In Step 3, this will be the field within which I will be looking for my dream job.


This listing will serve as a guide as to what to look for. The main government database sites, can get a little fancy with their cataloging of these jobs. Here in plain terms are the words you can use when doing your research, just to keep it all straight in your mind.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES – Agriculture, Horticulture, Aquaculture, Mining
  • CONSTRUCTION – Housing, Highway, Bridge and City Infrastructure
  • UTILITIES – Power generation, transmission, distribution, Water, Sewage, Garbage Disposal.
  • BUSINESS SERVICES – Accounting, Advertising & Public Relations, Computerized Services
  • FINANCE – Banking, Insurance, Commodities & Securities
  • MANAGEMENT CONSULTING – Administrative, Scientific, Technical, Occupational & Environmental Safety
  • EMPLOYMENT SERVICES – Employment, Recruitment, Placement Specialties.
  • HEALTH SERVICES – Specialists in Health Care – Doctors, Naturopaths, Nurses, Dentists, Optometrists, Chiropractors, Nutritionists, Therapists
  • EDUCATIONAL SERVICES – College, Vocational, Secondary, Elementary, Early Childhood, Teachers & Counselors
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE OCCUPATIONS – Psychologists, Social Workers, Therapists, Clergy
  • GOVERNMENT REGULATORY SERVICES – Judges, Lawyers, Police, Policy Researchers, Economists
  • PARAPROFESSIONALS in Law, Social Services, Education, Religion.
  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES – Astronomers, Chemists, Physicists
  • LIFE SCIENCES – Biologists, Geneticists, Microbiologists
  • ENGINEERS – Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Computer, Industrial, Aerospace
  • ARCHITECTS – Urban Planners, Land Surveyors
  • MATHEMATICIANS – Statisticians
  • INFORMATION – Systems & Security Analysts, IT Professionals, Database Developers, Computer Programmers, Interactive Media Developers, Web Designers, Broadcasting, Motion Picture, Publishing, Telecommunications.
  • TRANSPORTATION & TRADES – Air, Water and Land Transport and Warehousing, Automobile Related, Equipment Operators, Machinists, Electrical, Plumbing, Skilled Crafts, Clothing, Accessories, General Merchandise, Grocery Retail.
  • MANUFACTURING & PROCESSING – Aerospace, Chemical, Computer, Electronics, Food, Machinery, Motor Vehicles, Pharmaceuticals, Printing, Steel, Textiles.
  • ARTS & CULTURE – Live Theatre, Musicals, Orchestras, Historical & Educational Exhibits, Museums, Fine Arts, Libraries, Art Galleries, Creative & Performing Arts, Authors, Actors
  • ENTERTAINMENT – Gaming Establishments, Musicals, Dance, Video & Motion Picture, Themed Events, Carnivals
  • RECREATION & SPORT – Popular sports, agents, managers, sport & country clubs, gyms, spas, health clubs, fitness industry
  • HOSPITALITY – Resorts, Casinos, Hotels, RV Parks, Bed & Breakfast Inns, campgrounds.
  • SALES & SERVICE– Advertising & Marketing Specialists, Cashiers, Real Estate, Retail, Insurance, Travel, Food & Beverage, Personal Services, Protective Services, Childcare, Home Support, Cleaning & Maintenance, Astrologers.
  • ARMED FORCES – Many occupational groups above are represented in the Military.


Here are the links to the Big Databases located in the US and Canada. No matter which country in the world you are in, you will find these databases informative, if nothing else, than to acquaint you with the many types of work that are out there. Each database has its own way of listing the major occupational groups. These are just different ways of cataloging the various jobs.

GUIDING COMMENT: It’s worth looking into these databases, even if you don’t get to see everything. Your want to give yourself a chance to know what’s available in the world of work. This will help you create that list of jobs where you may just find your Dream Job.

The Canadian Career Handbook – provides global ratings assigned to ten occupational groups which delineate the skills, worker characteristics and other indicators related to occupations that are important for Career Exploration and informed career decision-making.

Canadian Occupational Index

The Canadian Career Handbook may be a little easier to follow. Covering the same 23 job groups listed under the US Classification System below, it puts them into just ten categories from 0 to 9, according to Skill Type. You click on the Major Occupational Categories listed and take a look at the kinds of jobs under each category.

This counseling resource is used by a wide range of professionals, and by individuals like you, engaged in self-directed career planning. It describes duties, skills, interests, aptitudes, education requirements and working settings in 520 occupational groups classifying more than 45,000 job titles in the labor market.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook – produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, provides current, detailed career descriptions for hundreds of different types of jobs, in 23 different job groups. This site gives you US statistics: the training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job, and working conditions.

US Occupational Index

This Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook lays out 23 SOC or Standard Occupational Classification Groups from 00-0000 to 53-0000. Don’t bother with the numbers, just click on the classification to explore the jobs under each class.


After you have done your Occupational Research on the fields that interest you, you can list below the one you are ready to focus on. This is the area you will be looking into, in order to find your Dream Job.

My Chosen Occupational Field is: ___________________


Now that you’ve decided on which “Occupational Field” you’d like to play in, you are ready to go for the gold – Your Dream Job. This is the “fun part”. You now get to choose the actual job that will get you into the action.

This Link Will Take You Through Steps 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Program

Links to Step 1 - The 5 Career Tests on This Site

Step 1 - Discovering Who You Are
Links to Step 2 - Career Exploration

Step 2 - Exploring Your Career Options
Links to Step 3 - Getting into the Nitty Gritty

Step 3 - Doing the Research For Your Dream Job
Links to Step 4 - Taking Care of Your Career

Step 4 - Managing Your Career - Doing Career Planning
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