Trying to decide what your career path should be? Need some direction with career exploration? The following resources will provide you with all the information about what jobs are in high demand in the Sacramento region and how much they pay. Find out what type of career education and training you might need and where you can get it.
CareerGPS.com is a one-of-a-kind, interactive web-based application designed to provide job seekers, students, workforce development professionals, teachers, and employers with one central location to find the information they need to make informed career education and training decisions. Get access to occupational classifications and identify occupational trends by industry and/or occupation.
EDD Labor Market Information
www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov provides a wide variety of industry and occupational information at the state, regional and local levels, including projections of employment, local area profiles, lists of “hot jobs”, demand occupations lists, job search links, and California occupational guides.
www.online.onetcenter.org offers users the opportunity to find occupations to explore; search for occupations that use their skills; look at related occupations, such as skills, knowledge, interests, and activities.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
www.bls.gov/oco provides a wide variety of occupational information, at the national level. The available information includes Nature of the Work, Working Conditions, Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement, Employment Information, Job Outlook, Earnings, Related Occupations, and other Sources of Additional Information.
Occupational Information Resources
Administrative & Support Services
The Administrative and Support Services occupational cluster is comprised of a diverse group of occupations. In addition to occupations directly related to office administration, clerical support, and finance and insurance. Also included in this broad group are occupations that provide a wide variety of support-related activities and services, including firefighting and investigation and security related occupations.
http://www.firescience.org provides information on a range of public service careers including those in homeland security, forestry, emergency management and criminal justice.
Agriculture, Food & Hospitality
The Agriculture, Food, and Hospitality occupational cluster is primarily comprised of occupations involved in providing food production, food service and accommodations related activities as well as occupations providing customer service, recreation, and entertainment related activities.
http://culinaryschoolsconnection.com provides information on the many types of culinary arts careers and features a blog that covers a range of topics centered on that field.
Construction & Clean Energy Technology
The Construction and Clean Energy occupational cluster is primarily comprised of occupations involved in the construction and design of buildings. Also included in this group are specialty trade contractors (e.g. Electricians, Painters, Carpet Installers, etc.), Cabinetmakers, Construction and Building Inspectors, Cost Estimators, and Welders. Many of the occupations in this occupational cluster are also directly related to clean energy technology.
http://www.hbi.org/ provides information about careers in the home building construction industry and tools to help develop a training pathway.
http://www.dir.ca.gov/databases/das/aigstart.asp provides an apprenticeship program locator.
http://sacramentobuilds.com provides information on apprenticeships in the building trades.
http://www.sustainabilitydegrees.com provides information on sustainability careers and the different sustainability degrees available.
Health Services & Life Sciences
The Health Services and Life Sciences occupational cluster is comprised of occupations employed by hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, physician’s offices, dental offices, outpatient care centers, and medical/diagnostic laboratories. This group also includes biomedical and life science related businesses.
http://explorehealthcareers.org/en/home provides a resource to explore many health care careers.
http://www.healthcarepathway.com provides information about various health care careers and a tool to find degree programs in an area of interest.
Information & Communication Technology
The Information and Communications Technology occupational cluster is comprised of occupations involved in the design, production, and administration of communications and computer hardware and software systems and networks. As with Administrative and Support Services related occupations, many of the occupations in this category are employed, to some degree, across most industries.
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/network-and-computer-systems-administrators.htm provides information about various computer related fields.
Installation, Maintenance & Repair
The Installation, Maintenance, and Repair occupational cluster is primarily comprised of occupations involved in restoring machinery, equipment, and other products to working order as well as occupations that typically provide general or routine maintenance or service on products to ensure that they work efficiently and to prevent breakdown and unnecessary repairs.
http://www.hvwtech.com/ provides a job description, salary information and guide to becoming a certified HVAC technician.
Transportation, Production & Manufacturing
The Transportation, Production, and Manufacturing occupational cluster is comprised of a diverse group of occupations directly related to the actual manufacturing and/or production of goods, as well as the manufacturing of industrial machinery, recycling, and green energy manufacturing efforts. Also included in this category are occupations related to the storage, distribution, and transportation of manufactured goods. Many of the occupations in this occupational cluster are also directly related to clean energy technology.
http://www.lifeasatrucker.com/ provides insight into the trucking lifestyle with video testimonials, driver tips, and a listing of the pros and cons.
Financial Aid Resources
Local Training Provider List for Sacramento Works Scholarships
If you are interested in receiving training through Sacramento Works you must meet with a coach at one of the 5 Job Centers throughout Sacramento County.
After you have been determined eligible for training, you may choose one of the training programs from the Eligible Training Provider List.
The California Student Aid Commission
Whether you’re planning to go to college or get career training, there’s money available to help you pay for it. Here you’ll learn about Cal Grants and other student aid programs, their requirements and how to apply for them. Higher education is a smart investment and can open doors to a variety of career paths.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
A state and federal aid program for students who are attending a university, four year college and a community college to help pay for educational expenses such as tuition, fees, and books. This is free money for college. The deadline is March 2nd of each year.
Federal Pell Grant
This grant is intended to assist eligible low- and middle income students to attend a university, four-year college, and a community college of their choice. Pell Grants are awarded to every undergraduate student who qualifies based on their financial need and don’t have to repaid. They can be used for tuition, fees, and living expenses.
If you are a California high school senior or a graduate student planning to attend community college, a four-year college, a university or a vocational school located in California, you should apply for Cal Grant.
Federal Stafford Loan
Fixed-rate student loans for undergraduate and graduate students attending college at least half-time. Stafford loans are the most common and one of the lowest-cost ways to pay for school.
Fastweb.com – Search for scholarships with our free scholarship matching service, get student financial aid and find money to pay for college.
Scholarships.com – Search for college scholarships you probably never heard of.
FinAid.org – FinAid was established in the fall of 1994 as a public service. This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools — on or off the web.
Adult Education and GED
Many of our regions school districts offer various enrichment and vocational classes as well as assistance to those wishing to obtain their GED. Generally, there is a fee.
- A. Warren McClasky Adult Center – Active Older Adults courses
- Charles A. Jones Career and Education Center – Day and Evening Career and Technical programs
- Elk Grove Adult and Community Education – High school diploma, GED prep, English as a Second Language, Citizenship prep, Career Technical Education, and many community interest classes
- Folsom Cordova Adult Education – High School Diploma, GED prep, English as a Second Language, Parent Education Programs and Driver Training
- Fremont School for Adults – Adult Basic Education, GED prep, High School Diploma, English as a Second Language
- Galt Adult School – High School Diploma, GED prep, English as a Second Language, Citizenship, Vocational Education, and programs for older adults and adults with disabilities
- Natomas Adult Education – GED, ESL (beginning & intermediate), High School Completion courses
- Roseville Adult School – Adult Basic Education, Computer Classes, English as a Second Language, Citizenship, GED Prep, High School Diploma, Just For Seniors, Parent Education, Technical Skills and Job Training
- Sunrise Tech Center – English as a Second Language, High School Completion, GED and CAHSEE Test Prep, Adult Basic Education, Career Technical Education, and Active Adult courses
- Twin Rivers Adult School – High School Diploma, GED prep, Career and Technical Education, and programs for adults with disabilities
Community College Programs
The region’s local community colleges offer certificate programs developed with the assistance of business and industry advisory committees. These programs provide vocational training for students who are not seeking a college degree. Many Associate of Arts programs are offered at the community colleges which will prepare you for a career in a variety of industries.
The Los Rios Community College District operates four community colleges in the greater Sacramento Area:
- American River College http://www.arc.losrios.edu/
- Cosumnes River College http://www.crc.losrios.edu/
- Folsom Lake College http://www.flc.losrios.edu/
- Sacramento City College http://www.scc.losrios.edu/
Surrounding area community colleges include:
- Sierra College http://www.sierracollege.edu/
- Woodland Community College http://wcc.yccd.edu/
- Yuba College http://yc.yccd.edu/
Vocational Training Programs
Sacramento Job Corps Center
Job Corp is a U.S. Department of Labor-funded program for low-income residents of Sacramento County and Yolo County, ages 16-24 years. This program has facilities for residential and non-residential students and offers vocational training, GED preparation and testing, and English-as-a-Second Language. Students receive medical and dental care, clothing allotments, a monthly living allowance, housing, meals and a subsidized savings program. Counseling and job placement services are also available.
For more information call (800) 733-5627
or visit sacramento.jobcorps.gov
California Conservation Corps (CCC)
You must be 18-23 years of age, not on probation, or parole, and a California resident. You will be contracted for one-year with the California Conservation Corps. Corps members are assigned to residential or non-residential centers located throughout California. Members are employed full-time to landscape, build parks, restore historical structures and respond to emergencies such as wild land fires, floods, oil spills, and earthquakes. CCC offers educational assistance and a scholarship upon completion of the Corps.
For more information call 1-800-957-JOBS, (916) 341-3141
or visit www.ccc.ca.gov
Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps (SLCC)
Participants are 18-23 years of age and residents of Sacramento County or West Sacramento. SLCC is dedicated to conserving Sacramento’s natural resources. Corps members are trained in public service conservation work including stream clearance, tree planting, public parks development, beautification, and recycling. An education program is a mandatory component of the SLCC. Classes are provided in the areas of G.E.D. preparation, career development, C.P.R. and First Aid certification training, conservation, community awareness, and life skills.
For information call (916) 386-8394 or
AmeriCorps is a National Community Service Program. AmeriCorps is often referred to as the “domestic Peace Corps.” Participants — known as AmeriCorps members — perform a year of service with a program that meets local community needs in return for a modest living allowance and education award.
For more information call (916) 323-7646,
Toll-Free (888) 567-SERV or visit californiavolunteers.org
CareerGPS.com is a one-of-a-kind, interactive web-based application designed to provide job seekers, students, workforce development professionals, teachers, and employers with one central location to find the information they need to make informed career education and training decisions.
The searchable web based application is broken down by the following sections:
- Find an Occupation–contains an alphabetical listing of more than 800 primary and secondary occupational classifications
- Find a School–contains an alphabetical listing of nearly 200 public and private sector education and training providers located primarily in the six county Sacramento region (El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba counties) sorted by sector.
- Find a Program–contains an alphabetical listing of more than 2,000 individual education and/or training programs across all training sectors.
- Interest Profiler–career exploration tool that helps individuals identify the occupations they are most interested in. The Interest Profiler measures six types of occupational interests Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional.
- Account Log-in–users create their own account to save the results of their interest profiler assessment and to bookmark their search locations for future ease of access. Individuals who create an account can also download industry sector and sub-sector data for their own purposes.
- Map of Schools–identify where an education or training provider is geographically located and to create driving directions.
Sacramento Works Training Provider List
If you are interested in receiving training through Sacramento Works you must meet with a coach at one of the 5 Job Centers throughout Sacramento County. After you have been determined eligible for training, you may choose one of the training programs from the Eligible Training Provider List.
Clean Energy Workforce Training Programs
Interested in getting into the Clean-Green Industry? Sacramento Works has training programs available for those interested in Green Building or Alternative Vehicles and Fuel.
If you are interested in receiving training in the Clean-Green Industry, you must meet with a coach at one of the 5 Job Centers to determine your eligibility for training. Once eligibility is determined, you can choose one of the training programs from the Clean-Green Local Training Provider List.