Exploring Careers

There are thousands of job titles and more created every day as industries evolve. Start with a self-assessment of your interests and values and take time to explore the range of career options. Be careful not to limit yourself to only careers with which you are familiar.


Industry vs. Job Function

  • Industry refers to a field, often named for its primary product/service, such as the Aerospace or Technology Industry.
  • Job functions are jobs within an industry, such as an engineer or marketing expert, and are often found in all industries.
  • For example, Jane is a finance manager at Google, so she is in the technology industry, but her job function is finance.
  • The job function is the expertise you build and is transferable throughout your career, across industries.

Upcoming Career Fairs for Common Good Careers

Interested in working on issues related to the environment? Or how about interning for the government? A post-graduate job in nonprofit? OCS’ Common Good & Creative Careers Group has you covered! See the upcoming events and register ASAP in order …

By Robyn Acampora
Robyn Acampora Director of Strategic Initiatives and Public Service Careers
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Research Assistant for Pediatric Asthma & Climate Change Surveys

We are looking for a research assistant to help distribute surveys to parents during asthma clinic visits. Responsibilities would include attending asthma clinics and consenting parents for survey study. Ideal timings would be Wednesday mornings (9a-12p) or afternoons (1p-4p) however …

By Kristin McJunkins
Kristin McJunkins Director, Health Professions Advising & STEM Connect
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CampusCT – Industry Sector Spotlight Series

UpperCampus is a career exploration tool that connects students directly with career information based on their likes & interests. Explore over 15,000 videos and posts about unique jobs and prospective employers.

Throughout the semester, CampusCT will highlight specific industry sectors, companies that operate …

By David Halek
David Halek Director of Employer Relations
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Career Paths in the Biotech and Pharma Sector: A Panel Discussion with Yale PhDs in Managerial Roles

Our February event will spotlight career paths in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies through a managerial lens. Our panel discussion with Yale Alums will take place on Tuesday, Feb 7th, 6:00-7:30 PM ET via Zoom (click here to register). You will …

By Haofan Li
Haofan Li McDougal Career Fellow
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Career Strategy Essentials with the Office of Career Strategy (GSAS and Postdocs, Spring 2023)

Join OCS this spring for a series of career strategy workshops designed to help you navigate your career journey! We will introduce the many OCS resources at your disposal and cover essential skills like crafting a resume, exploring your interests …

By Jacob Gonzalez
Jacob Gonzalez Senior Associate Director, Graduate and Postdoctoral Career Services
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Career Resources

Forage offers virtual work experiences, which are online programs built and endorsed by leading companies. Each virtual work experience contains …

Community Resources

Explore Job Market InsightsIn partnership withLightcast logo

Search continually updated U.S. market trends to learn about job types (job functions), growth trends, and desired skills. The results will include general information about each job (functional area), employment trends from the past two years and projections for the next 10 years, employers that have that role, desired education level, skills for the position, and more!

TWO WAYS TO SEARCH:

  1. Find Career Data by Selecting Keywords: Enter keywords of various job titles and choose a state or search nationwide to learn more about that job.
  2. Filter by Industry and Occupation: Search by industry and choose among popular occupations/job titles within that industry.

First, choose an industry of interest, then filter for occupation. (If you'd like to see data for a specific location only, filter by state.)

Type in a keyword to select a relevant occupation. (If you'd like to see data for a specific location only, filter by state.)

Community Spotlights

YC Career Outcomes

The Office of Career Strategy collects information about Yale College graduates. This tool allows users to search outcomes by year and major. Please visit Statistics & Reports for detailed reports.

Helpful Tips on using the Interactive Tool:

  • There is no Enter or Submit Button  Results will appear automatically with your selections
  • Choose ‘All Years’ or ‘All Majors’- For results across years and majors or check one for more granular results.
    • Default results will show the most recent Class Year.
    • Uncheck the selected major(s) to reset your search.
    • To ensure student confidentiality, results are only reported in the aggregate and more granular data is not available through this public tool.
    • The tool will return results with at least five responses. If you require additional information contact the Office of Career Strategy
    • First Destination Summaries are based on the knowledge rate of graduate outcomes six months after graduation under the guidelines set by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Most Recent Class Overview

Knowledge Rate Success Rate Mean Starting Salary Top Five Industries
86.8% of those graduating between July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021 96.9% employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation $76,359 among graduates employed in the United States. Financial Services, Education, Technology, Consulting, and Healthcare

 

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First Destination

First Destination refers to the postgraduate plans of Yale College graduates six months after graduation. The pursuits of Yale graduates include employment, graduate school, independent research, military service, and more.

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