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Navigating Pennsylvania's Workforce System

A brief guide to the national, state and local workforce development system with details on Pennsylvania's current workforce initiatives: Industry Clusters, High Priority Occupations, Industry Partnerships, Regional Career Education Partnerships, PA Youth in Transition, WIA Youth Programs, and a listing of key websites. This is a must read!

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Pennsylvania Labor Market Data

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National Careers Data and Information

  • State's Career Cluster Initiative
    The State's Career Cluster Initiative website is the clearinghouse for Career Clusters research, products, services and technical assistance for implementation of the States' Career Clusters Framework for lifelong learning. The 16 career clusters link what students learn in school with the knowledge and skills they need for success in college and careers. Career clusters identify pathways from secondary school to two- and four-year colleges, graduate school, and the workplace, so students can learn in school and what they can do in the future.  This connection to future goals motivates students to work harder and enroll in more rigorous courses.

  • O*Net OnLine
    The O*NET system serves as the nation's primary source of occupational information, providing comprehensive information on key attributes and characteristics of workers and occupations.

Links to Occupationally-Specific Websites on Careers

  • Plastics
    Engineering jobs are available in areas of plastics engineering, including plastic synthesis, material characterization, product design, mold design, troubleshooting and technical service. Many job openings are in manufacturing, product and process development, technical service and marketing. There are also some jobs in research, consulting and teaching.

  • American Welding Society
    The American Welding Society estimates that the industry is losing thousands of skilled welders every year. The deficit could leave more than 400,000 potential jobs unfilled by 2014, the AWS reports.

  • Exploring Health Careers
    US News & World Report's annual list highlights careers that offer prestige, high job satisfaction, strong employment prospects, and competitive pay.

    Among the Best Careers for 2008:
    • Audiologist, because the technology is advancing rapidly, enabling more people to hear better, audiologists can work in a variety of settings, and few students are entering the field, which makes job prospects even better.
    • Dentist, because you can work for yourself, keep regular hours and live just about anywhere - dentists are needed in cities, suburbs and rural areas.
    • Occupational Therapist, because you can work independently and creativity is encouraged to help patients achieve their own independence.
    • Physician Assistant (PA), because you can perform many of the functions a doctor performs with less education - PAs are in extremely high demand.

  • Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Engineering
    Your Career in the Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Engineering Fields
    This brochure describes some of the many challenging careers in electrical, electronics, and computer engineering and the educational path necessary to become an engineer, technologist, or technician. Whether you're a student, faculty advisor, or parent, this information will help you make sound decisions about a lifetime pursuit.

  • Heating, Ventilation, Air conditioning & Refrigeration
    Cool Careers - Hot Jobs is your link to a great career in the HVACR industry!
    An additional 20,000 technicians and installers are needed each year to work in a fast-paced, ever-growing, multi-billion dollar industry. A job in the air conditioning, heating, refrigeration and plumbing industry offers variety, job security, respect, upward mobility, great salary, lifelong employment, and opportunity. HVACR employment can take you just about any place in the world.

Funds for this Web site are provided under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-270) and from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Career and Technical Education.