Alternate Career Resources

Career Resources


Bureau of Labor Statistics

U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, maintains this extraordinarily detailed web site. Of particular interest to the alternative career seeker are descriptions of major industries and compensation data for hundreds of occupations.

WSJ Career Journal

This site, sponsored by the Wall Street Journal, features job search news, tips, discussion groups, and a database of job listings searchable by job title or description.

Heiros Gamos Career Center

Hieros Gamos Career Center maintains a special section on changing jobs and career change generally.

Job Hunt

This comprehensive site contains job search tips, recent news articles, and links to tons of other resources. Search for job resources by location or industry/profession. The site has links to great general job search information. Be sure to check out The Online Job Search Guide.

Job Hunters Bible

This is Dick BollesÌ job search web site that is intended to serve as a companion to this book ÏWhat Color is Your Parachute?Ó ItÌs a great resource Ò full of articles, links, tips, tools, and even fun lists (e.g., Ten Best Jobs for People who...).

Lexis Nexis

On the LexisNexis homepage, click on ÏCompany InformationÓ at the top, then ÏEmploymentÓ on the left side, then click on ÏAlternative CareersÓ in the box on the right to find positions with Lexis Nexis.

O*NET OnLine

This is an interactive database of occupational information. Conduct a skills search to find jobs that match your skills or find information (nationally and by state) on particular occupations.

Opportunity Knocks

Look for nonprofit jobs and career opportunities on this site. Registration to receive email alerts of open positions matching your interests is free.

Riley Guide

This is a well-known guide to online job search articles and resources.

Thomson Career

The Thomson Corporation, which owns Westlaw, among its many holdings, lists careers with the company through its web site.


This is a comprehensive job search site, which provides job listings, as well as company- specific message boards. Vault produces various career guides for law students and other professionals.

Wet Feet

This is a great general job search resource providing career research information as well as job search resources. Check out company, career, or industry profiles to learn more about the job options that are available.


Maintained by the American Management Association, this site offers a full range of management development and educational services for business professionals.


The Association of Management Consulting Firms is an international association of firms engaged in the practice of consulting to management.


The American Production and Inventory Control Society is the source of expertise in resource management for manufacturing and service industries. Registration is required for job bank access.


The American Society for Training & Development is a leading professional organization and resource for workplace training and performance issues. A job bank is included on the web site.


The Institute of Management Consultants USA is a national professional association representing management consultants. It awards the CMC (Certified Management Consultant) certification mark.

Marketing Power

One of the largest organizations for marketers, the American Marketing Association maintains this site, which provides career and salary information, as well as job bank listings.


The Society for Human Resource Management is the worldÌs largest organization devoted to human resource management. The site provides links to resources, local chapters and job banks.


The Securities Industry Association is an organization of 600+ securities firms, including investment banks, broker-dealers and mutual fund companies, active in all phases of corporate and public finance.

Judicial Council of California

The Judicial Council of California provides information pertaining to court administration in California.

The National Judicial College

The National Judicial College (NJC) is the nationÌs leading judicial training and education institution.


The State Justice Institute (SJI) was established by Federal law in 1984 to award grants to improve the quality of justice in State courts, facilitate better coordination between State and Federal courts, and foster innovative, efficient solutions to common problems faced by all courts.

U.S. Courts

Click on ÏEmployment,Ó then ÏEmployment Opportunities in the Federal Judiciary,Ó then on the ÏSearch for Court PositionsÓ to find open positions within the Federal Judiciary.


The National Center for State Courts created this site as a gathering place for job seekers to browse open court positions. [Consult the Administrative Office of Courts in your preferred state for a list of available job openings and their requirements.]


  1. Federal Government

    The National Archives

    The National Archives employment website.

    Call to Serve

    The Partnership for Public Service has joined with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management to develop a national initiative, A Call to Serve: Leaders in Education Allied for Public Service. This initiative is designed to educate a new generation about the importance of a strong civil service, help re-establish links between federal agencies and campuses, and provide students with information about federal jobs. This site includes information regarding applying for federal employment, contains profiles of various opportunities with federal agencies (throughout the country), and links to each agencyÌs main and job listing web pages. It profiles specific federal opportunities by interest areas such as Economics, Education, Health, Human Resources, Law Enforcement, and Public Relations.

    Fed Jobs

    The Federal Research Service is a private organization, which maintains a searchable database of federal government jobs. Choose an occupation and narrow your search by location, agency, and other criteria.

    First Gov

    This is the official U.S. gateway to all government information on the Internet. This comprehensive site provides links to all federal entities in the three branches of government.


    This site details the Presidential Management Intern Program, a federal program designed to groom graduate students for upper-level management positions in the federal government. The site provides lists of agencies and their departments and offices that hire PMIs.


    This is a new section on the mega site. The entire section is devoted to employment opportunities in the federal government. Students can search for positions throughout the nation in a number of job categories.

    USA Jobs

    The Federal GovernmentÌs Office of Personnel Management announces all of its jobs across the country on this newly revamped site. This site allows to you search for government positions by agency, location, and series. Series include traditional legal positions such as Attorney and Law Clerk in addition to numerous law-related positions including Criminal Investigator, Equal Employment Opportunity, and General Investigator. The site also includes a Career Interest Guide section, which allows you to select an occupation based on your interests or based upon a career area.

  2. State Government

    Bureau of Labor Statistics

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides information on state and local government describing the nature of the industry, related occupations, working conditions, earnings and outlook for the industry.

    First Gov

    This site includes several links to state and local government home pages and related web sites, such as state administrative agencies, categorized by topic (e.g., Drug, Education, Health, Housing, Labor, etc.)

    Heiros Gamos

    This page on the Heiros Gamos web site contains links to state government resources for all the US states, as well as to associations dealing with state and government municipalities and other related sites. It provides a very comprehensive list of links and is a wonderful starting place for conducting research.

    University of Michigan Law School Career Services

    The University of Michigan Law School Career Services maintains this page of links to state government websites.

    National Association of Attorney General

    The website of the National Association of Attorneys General provides access to research, news, and links to the Attorney Generals Office for each state.

    State Jobs

    View job listings by industry, including state and local government opportunities, and post a resume on-line. This site contains state and federal government job listings as well as Fortune 500 listings.

    State Local Gov

    This site provides state government links for all 50 states. Click on the state that interests you and find links to the state home page, Statewide Offices, Legislative branch, Judicial branch,  Executive branch, Boards & Commissions, Cities, Counties, Towns, and Libraries for each state. Additional resources are also available on national organizations for state government employees, regional governments, and other related topics. This is a wonderful starting point for locating state government information!

  • Political/Legislative


    The Republican National Committee does not list positions with the organization on its site, but provides helpful information for those interested in conservative politics and causes.

    U.S. House of Representatives

    This page of the site maintained by the U.S. House of Representatives contains a discussion of employment opportunities at the House.

    Hill Zoo

    This Ïinside the beltwayÓ site lists positions on and off Capitol Hill for those interested in working on either the Right or the Left.

    OPA Jobs

    This site contains job listings in government affairs, public relations, legislation, print and broadcast journalism on the Hill, and in non-profits, corporations, and federal agencies in the Washington, DC area. Subscription required.

    RC Jobs

    The Roll Call, one of Capitol HillÌs political newspapers, lists jobs through these pages on its website.


    While the U.S. Senate web site does not contain a specific page on employment opportunities there, this general overview may prove useful to job seekers looking for a comprehensive overview of the entity.

  • Think Tanks


    National Institute for Research Advancement is a Japanese organization established to conduct independent research that will contribute to the resolution of various complex issues facing contemporary society. The Institute's research focuses on current and emerging issues in many areas, including politics, economics, international affairs, society, new technologies, and administration. This page of NIRAÌs site lists international think tanks, a brief description of their purposes and links to their webpages.

    Politix Group

    The Politixgroup is an independently run private organization whose purpose is to increase knowledge and understanding of the political process with the purpose of inspiring early involvement and activism at the local, state and federal levels of government. These two pages provide links to full time employment and internship opportunities with think tanks and partisan organizations


The American College of Healthcare Executives is the international organization for healthcare executives. Click on the Career Services tab to search the ACHE job bank and to find a list of healthcare career-related resources. Also check out the Publications section and view the books available on career development. This is a great starting place for information on healthcare management.

American Society for Bioethics and Humanities

The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities hosts this site, providing news articles, resource links, and employment listings.

Health Care Job Store

This web site is an enormous database of all types of healthcare jobs. Search for jobs by job title, get assistance with preparing a healthcare resume, or post your resume in the employer access database.

Health Lawyer

This is the web site of the American Health Lawyers Association. It contains information about relevant news and publications, listservs, related resources, and a national job bank.

Health Leaders

This multimedia company provides information to healthcare professionals through its Health Leaders Magazine, online news, and relevant research.

Health Management Careers

This site from the American College of Healthcare Executives provides information on what a healthcare executive is and the types of opportunities available within the profession.


The Healthcare Financial Management Association is a national professional membership organization. Its web site offers a Job Bank, lists of executive search firms, and resume-referral services (available to members only).


This is the web site for the United States Department of Health and Human Services. It provides information on the various HHS programs and operating divisions. Follow the links to learn more about employment opportunities both for students and graduates.


This site, from the Medical Group Management Association, offers information on physician practice management. The Job section contains a job bank and other career resources, including salary and internship information.

Modern Health Care

This is the on-line version of Modern Healthcare magazine. It is a great source for current healthcare news and hot topics articles. There is a members-only career center and a page of resources with archived articles, surveys, and lists.


This comprehensive site, maintained by the National Institutes of Health, provides links to ÏBioethics Resources on the Web.Ó There are links to specific topics, general and federal resources, and organizations of interest. The section on Careers in Bioethics provides job postings and information on post-baccalaureate opportunities.




The Association of American Law Schools maintains these pages to facilitate the Faculty Recruiting Conference, at which entry-level candidates meet with law school appointments committees each fall. An older, but still relevant, article providing advice on legal teaching is also included.

AALLNET Career Center

Resources suggested by the American Association of Law Libraries on law librarianship as a career.



The Association of American Law Schools maintains these pages to facilitate the Faculty Recruiting Conference, at which entry-level candidates meet with law school appointments committees each fall. An older, but still relevant, article providing advice on legal teaching is also included.


Resources suggested by the American Association of Law Libraries on law librarianship as a career.


American Association of Advertising Agencies is a national trade association representing the advertising agency business in the United States. Its membership produces approximately 75 percent of the total advertising volume placed by agencies nationwide.


The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication is a non-profit, educational association of journalism and mass communication faculty, administrators, students and media professionals.

The American Journalism Review lists news sources and journalism organizations. Also contains a section called ÏReportersÌ ToolsÓ that lists Ïreportorial aids from guidelines for searching the Internet to lists of quotable experts, from tips on using public opinion polls to video feeds for television newscasts.

All Star Jobs

This site contains links to many media-related job boards.

College Grad

On the main career page, click on Ïbrowse by career category,Ó then click on ÏBusiness, Management and Executive Careers.Ó In this section you can review information on careers in advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations and sales. It contains hiring projections, descriptions of the nature of the work, work environments, necessary training and skills, and statistics.

International Public Relations Association

The International Public Relations Association constitutes an international group of public relations practitioners worldwide, active in promoting the exchange of information and co-operation within the profession, and building a program of professional development opportunities and other initiatives aimed at enhancing the role of public relations in management and international affairs.


This site contains links to media and entertainment job boards and career resources, broken down by industry. For example, the site has separate areas for careers in entertainment, Internet, television and radio, etc.


The Vocational Information Center maintains this page, which serves as a ÏBroadcast Media and Journalism Career Guide.Ó It contains links by job descriptions. Each link generally includes information about job duties, job requirements and training needed, and salary. The site also includes links to media and journalism related sites such as union sites, news sites, and other information.

American Lawyer Media Publication

This part of law.comÌs site lists American Lawyer Media Publication sites and properties.

Nation Job

This job-searching tool provides a laundry list of media positions with a focus on publishing.


The Public Relations Society of America is the worldÌs largest organization for public relations professionals. Its nearly 20,000 members, organized into 116 chapters, represent business and industry, technology, counseling firms, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms and nonprofit organizations.

  • The Lawyer's Career Change Handbook: More Than 300 Things You Can Do With a Law Degree, Hindi Greenberg
  • Running from the Law: Why Good Lawyers are Getting out of the Legal Profession, Deborah L. Arron
  • The (Un) Happy Lawyer: A Roadmap to Finding Meaningful Work Outside of the Law, Monica Parker
  • The New What Can You with a Law Degree? A LawyerÌs Guide to Career Satisfaction Inside, Outside and Around the Law, Dr. Larry Richard & Tanya Hanson
  • Life after Law: Finding Working You Love with the J.D., Liz Brown
  • Consulting for PhDs, Lawyers, and Doctors (WetFeet)
  • Nonlegal Careers for Lawyers, Gary A. Munneke, et. al. (ABA Career Series)
  • Beyond L.A. Law: Break the Traditional "Lawyer" Mold Ò Inspiring Stories of People who've done fascinating things with a law degree, Janet Smith
  • Judgment Reversed: Alternative Careers For Lawyers Ò An Attorney's Advice on how to use your legal skills successful in another field, Jeffrey Strausser (Barron's)
  • Alternative Careers for Lawyers, Hillary Mantis (The Princeton Review)

*All publications can be found in the OCPD Resource Library.*