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5: Conclusion

Earning Resources


  • Use the U.S. Department of Labor’s CPI Inflation Calculator to calculate your buying power on two different days.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Dr. Amy Glasmeier operates the Living Wage Calculator which is used to calculate the minimum wages you need to make to cover basic living expenses.

Career Research

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistic in the U.S. Department of Labor offers several types of information:
  • provides information about occupations by keyword, industry or interest.
  • O*Net OnLine offers a number of different searches:
    • The Advanced Search offers five ways to search by your skills or the skills required for your desired position. The Related Task search gives you descriptive phrases to incorporate into your resume.
    • A Crosswalk Search lets you enter job codes or titles to access the O*Net database of occupations.
    • Find Occupations offers keyword, work clusters (areas in the same field), industry, job zones, growing occupations, sustainable, job family and STEM occupation searches.
  • Jobs and Career Information offers a portal into many different career fields, linking out to the Occupational Outlook Handbook for detailed information.

General Resources

  • presents a confidential Benefit Finder tool to help you identify federal and state benefits for which you qualify. Use the following tutorial to help you.


  • The Strong Interest Inventory (SII), usually administered by certified career counselors or practitioners, is helpful for students and young adults just entering the workplace. Note: This requires a purchase.
  • The Career Interest Profiler at O*Net can be self-administered and interpreted. It measures six patterns of interest as follows:
    • Realistic — people who enjoy practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
    • Investigative — people who like to work with complex problem solving.
    • Artistic — work that is expressive, artistic and not defined by rules.
    • Social — workers who like to help or teach others.
    • Enterprising — workers who persuade, make decisions and like to start ventures.
    • Conventional — work that follows directions, standard procedures and routines.
  • The Career Interest Assessment at CareerOneStop offers a shortened version of the self-administered assessment at O*Net.



  • The Bureau of Labor Statistic in the U.S. Department of Labor offers several types of information:
    • Career Outlook provides information about industries, pay, employment data and much more.
    • The list of Fastest Growing Occupations provides information on employment and median wages for various occupations.
  • provides salary data and other information about occupations by keyword, industry or interest.
  • O*Net OnLine offers a number of different searches including information on wages and employment trends.
  • lets you enter your job title and location to get an idea of what you should be paid in your current or desired position.
  • Learn how to fill out a W-4 with the IRS’s W-4 simulator.
  • The IRS offers sample forms and instructions for arranging your tax withholdings.
  • Use the IRS withholding calculator to estimate changes to your tax liability with different income levels.



  • Gallup’s StrengthsFinder 2.0 offers a scratch-off access code for an online assessment to help you find your talents. Note: This requires a purchase.
  • The University of Kent offers a free, online test of your strengths using straightforward language to help you apply your results to different occupations.
  • The O*Net Ability Profiler measures your abilities related verbal use, arithmetic reasoning, computation, spatial, form perception, clerical perception, motor coordination, manual and finger dexterity. It must be administered by someone who has specialized training. Use the interactive map from the U.S. Department of Labor to help you find work centers who can administer this assessment in your state.

Training, Paying for Professional Development

  • Beyond having your employer pay for your training and education, you can pay out of pocket.
    • Check for any assistance available to you at the state or federal level.
    • gives you a portal for finding loan information and isolating loans for which you may be eligible.
    • Federal Student Aid loans are available through
    • Search through links at for government benefits, grants or loans for which you may be eligible. Some of the links will direct you to your state level as well.
    • Certain training and education may be deducted from your taxes. See IRS Publication 970 for details.

Work-related Issues

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