Research Options

Look Before You Leap

Use these resources to make informed choices about what is involved in the career before you head too far down the road toward it.

Resource
What is it? Types of Career Info
Working in Canada This portal brings together career and labour market information from several different government sources to provide a good snapshot of a career field either nationally or specific to a certain area.
  • duties & responsibilities
  • outlook
  • wages
  • job & education requirements
National Occupational Classification The NOC is Canada's official career dictionary, with 40,000+ job titles organized into 500 occupational description clusters.
  • duties & responsibilities
  • education/training required
  • career progression
O*Net

USA's counterpart to the NOC. It has a few career clusters the NOC doesn't (and vice-versa) and includes advanced search options including Holland code, outlook, and "green" collar sectors.

  • tasks
  • tools & technology used
  • interests (Holland code)
  • work values
  • outlook (U.S.)
Canadian Occupational Projection System Federal government (HRSDC) initiative to analyze and project long-term national labour market demand through 2020.
  • expected numbers of job openings vs job seekers
  • expansion demand
  • retirements
  • emigration/immigration
OCC Info Profiles on 500+ occupations. Part of the Alberta Learning Information Service but most info applies Canada-wide.


  • duties & responsibilities
  • working conditions
  • personal characteristics
  • advancement
  • salary (Alberta)
Career Cruising


Canadian site with detailed information profiles on hundreds of careers, including multimedia interviews with people doing those careers. Each career profile includes a photo file and video interview.
  • core tasks
  • working conditions
  • detailed requirements for education & training
  • career progression
Professional & Trade Associations Massive list of Canadian Trade/Professional Associations - many of their web sites will include a section profiling careers within that field.  
Sheridan KPIs Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are an initiative of the Provincial Government to measure college performance, and consist of independently surveying to determine graduate employment rates along with various measures of satisfaction. Results are listed for each Sheridan program.
  • employment rates
  • employer satisfaction
Sheridan Library Research Guide Resources to help students with career exploration, all organized into an easy-to-use portal to help you find articles, books, videos, and web resources.
  • occupations
  • industries
  • employers
  • labour market
Vault Career Intelligence One of Sheridan Library's newest resources, Vault.com provides in-depth intelligence on what it’s really like to work in an industry, company or profession—and how to position yourself to land that job.
  • internship database
  • Vault job board
  • company profiles
  • career & job search guides

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Notice to Users: This page has been developed by a Career Counsellor to offer self-directed resources but it is not intended to provide comprehensive advice, or to replace professional guidance.

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