I/O psychologists are frequently called upon to help organizations select people for various jobs. However, most selection is done by employees themselves, as they choose careers. While some people may have an easy time deciding what they wish to do in life, others find it a difficult decision. The area of vocational choice, which is related to I/O, is concerned with this issue.

The U.S. government has funded a project, called ONET, to put information about careers and jobs on the internet. This is intended to be a resource to employers seeking people, and people seeking employers. It also contains resources to help people decide on a career. This project asks you to use two parts of ONET to find information about a career. Specifically, you are to choose a job that you think you might like, and then use ONET to find out about it, and it's potential employment prospects.

1. Go to the links page and go to ONET (

2. Choose a job, any job, e.g., psychologist. Note: I/O psychologist is too specific.

3. Go to America's Job Bank (AJB), then Job Market Information and do an occupation search on your job.

4. You will find information about your selected career. Be sure to go to Employing Industries, Training Requirements, and Career Resources.

5. Return to the ONET main page and go to America's Labor Market Information System (ALMIS). Go to State Occupational Projections. Enter your career choice, and see what seems to be its future prospects. If you want to live in a particular state, enter it, otherwise use the entire US.

6. Write a report about your future career, including the various information you found here

HINT: Be sure and take notes as you go, or download the information for later use.


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