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Career & Technical Education: Learning That Works for New Jersey

Exploration GraphicCareer Exploration Tools and Materials To Assist Educators, Counselors, And Students

The NJ Department of Education supports the New Jersey Career Assistance Navigator (NJCAN). NJCAN is the state's free web-based career guidance system. It contains a variety of resources to support students' lifelong career exploration and planning. The system includes self-assessments, college and other postsecondary school information, a searchable directory of scholarships, including opportunities specifically for New Jersey students, an extensive career database and the latest national, state and local labor market data and projections. If your school would like to create a free account, please contact

The websites listed below are for informational purposes. The New Jersey Department of Education does not recommend or endorse any of the organizations or websites listed in the chart.


Type of Resource

Information on a widely accepted college entrance exam. ACT provides educational and career planning for students and teachers at every level.
American Careers
Career exploration and curriculum materials.
America's Career InfoNet
Career videos of broad industry areas (Career Clusters®) as well as videos of specific careers within each broad industry area.
Bridges is a leading provider of products and services used by schools, universities and agencies to help people achieve education and career success. Over 14,000 schools and agencies use Bridges' products and services. Bridges' planning and exploration products give students and adults in transition reasons to achieve more -- exploring all their options, setting goals and making plans to get there.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections
A nationally recognized source of labor statistics and career information.
Career Clusters®
Career exploration via occupations grouped by commonalities into 16 Clusters.  The site is endorsed by the National Association of State Directors of Vocational – Technical Education.
Career Cruising
A comprehensive and interactive career guidance guide available on CD-ROM and the internet.   Career Cruising includes career profiles, multimedia interviews with real workers, career search tools, a web-based portfolio, and a comprehensive database of colleges and universities.
Career Discovery
A career discovery search engine for students, counselors.
Career Equity Resource Center
The Career Equity Resource Center (CERC) formerly known as Nontraditional Career Resource Center (NCRC) provides greater access and success in high-skill, high-demand careers for students in marginalized populations.
Career Exploration for Kids
Contains assessment and sites involved with career choices for kids.
Career Explorer.Net
A career choice and planning site with information on the types of careers available and how to choose them.
Career Key
A free resource and assessment to help with career choice, college choice, and choosing academic or career training.  Contains a detailed interest inventory, results, and career information.
Career Net
A directory of over 7,000 links to jobs, job search preparation, education, personal business and more, sorted by topic and region, onto more than 500 pages.
Career One-Stop
Jobseeker and business resources.
Career Overview is a non-commercial website dedicated to providing aspiring career professionals and students with relevant, reliable and up-to-date career and job information whereby helping them to make better, more informed career choices.
Features a work preference inventory assessment.
Career Vision
(The Ball Foundation)
Aptitude assessment and career exploration resources.
Career Wise
Award-winning workbook with content that develops work-world language, research, analytic and presentation skills through awareness about Career Clusters®/choices. Free Teaching Guide. Can be tailored for varied age and skill levels. Three handsome posters -1001 Job Titles, 201 STEM Jobs and 201 Green Jobs - promote valuable conversations & career exploration activities. Use as curriculum, classroom decor or promotional giveaways.
Careers in Science
and Technology
Students can select one of the professionals (Science Teacher, Geologist, Meteorologist, Chemist, Computer Administrator) and find out what it is like to have that job.  Students follow their chosen professional through a day at work.
Careers in Science Webquest
A web quest for high school students on careers in the sciences.
College Board Major and Career Profiles
This site is designed to help high school students gain college and career awareness. 
Construct My Future
Career exploration for construction occupations.
Could This Be Your Life?
An interactive game to facilitate exploration of nontraditional careers for students. The game is linked to high demand occupations in NJ based on the "Ready for the Job" research.
Environmental jobs and careers.  Sections include: Special Opportunities, Government Jobs, Environmental Agencies, Employer Web Site Directory, Resume Tips, Career Information and more.
Exploring Occupations
Information on a large number of occupations.  Click on the Occupation for links about that position.
Geoscience Career Webquest
A web quest on careers in the geosciences.
Minnesota's one stop gateway to education, employment, and career resources.
Job Hunt
An online Job Search Guide and Career Resource Center.
Job-Star Job Search Guide
"How-to" information for job seekers anywhere.
The Keirsey Temperament Sorter (KTS-II)
An online personality assessment used for career and personal development. Used by Fortune 500 companies, professional counselors, and major universities.
Keys 2 Work
Provides a web-based assessment of student abilities in; applied math, locating information, and reading for information; interests related to careers; and documentation to improve skill abilities.
Kuder, Inc.
Kuder, Inc. is a provider of Internet-based tools and resources that help students and adults achieve their educational and career planning goals.
Mapping Your Future
A one stop site for students and parents with information on financial strategies, career options, and career planning.
Military Career Guide
A U.S. Department of Defense resource on over 4,100 military careers.
Mind Tools
Mind Tools outlines important life and career skills in easy to understand language. These are supported by simple examples and exercises that expand and reinforce your understanding. Mind Tools outlines more than 100 of the most important thinking skills in nine essential areas. Career Center
Information on various careers, training, job openings, choosing a career, resumes, salary, quizzes, and more.
My Future
Information on military careers, post high school planning, and a comprehensive career toolbox with assessments.  For students and parents.
National Society of Professional Engineers
A forum for young engineers and students looking for guidance from engineers in the field.
Net – Temps
A job search site, by concentration, state or metro area.
New Jersey Career Assistance Navigator (NJCAN)
The New Jersey Career Assistance Navigator (NJCAN) is the state's free web-based career guidance system. NJCAN is designed to support lifelong career exploration and career planning through easy to use, straightforward search and sorting utilities, and an online portfolio for saving information from all system components.
New Jersey Next Stop
NJ Next Stop provides information on what skills will be in demand in New Jersey industries, including health care, finance, construction, utilities, manufacturing, and tourism, transportation, and information technology.
New York State Career Zone
Sponsored by the State of New York Department of Labor and hosted by AT&T, this site offers a cluster-approach to career exploration based on the Holland organization scheme. Information on specific jobs can also be sorted by years of training required. Includes an online portfolio.
O*NET® Computerized Interest Profiler TM
The O*NET Computerized Interest Profiler (CIP) is a new vocational interest assessment instrument administered by computer. Users receive an accurate, reliable profile of their vocational interests that provides valuable self-knowledge about their vocational interests, fosters career awareness, and provides a window to the entire world of work via the 900+ occupations within O*NET On Line.
Quintessential Careers
Information on choosing and planning a career.
Role Model Project For Girls
A "sampler" of careers for women, from the arts to trades.
Vocational Information Center
An independently developed list of career exploration resources.
Vocational Research Institute
Career aptitude and interest assessment, career planning and development, and educational resources.  Includes Career Scope, APTICOM, Work Place Mentor, ES-TIP, VITAS, and print resources.
Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network (WNJPIN)
State of New Jersey Employment Information Network for jobseekers, career explorers, and employers with links to many other sites.