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Career Research - MCC

MCC Career Counseling

MCC Counseling Offices:

Blue River

Education Center building, room 115
20301 East 78 Highway,
Independence, MO 64057-2052
Learning Resources building, 2nd floor
500 SW Longview Road,
Lee's Summit, MO 64081-2105
Maple Woods
Administration Building, room 108J
2601 NE Barry Road,
Kansas City, MO 64156-1299
Penn Valley
Campus Center, Suite 234
3201 Southwest Trafficway
Kansas City, MO 64111

Occupational Research

Reviewing career information (e.g., salary, qualifications, job duties) is an important step in career exploration.  An internet search on career information can be frustrating and lead to sources that are not up-to-date or accurate.  The on-line resources listed below are free, credible, and current. 

Occupational Research Databases

Books Supporting Career Exploration and Development

An Intelligent Career

A playbook for the modern knowledge worker, providing a complete guide that will allow workers to take a composite, dynamic view of a life's work in the 21st century. Knowledge work - the kind of work where one thinks for a living - is fundamental in today's economy. It is the basis for long-term success in the global economy and it drives the collective brainpower through which goods and services are delivered. And today, knowledge work requires much more than a college degree: it means understanding the changing nature of work and employment, and the processes through which knowledge is generated, transferred, and applied. It means understanding new career possibilities, more dynamic work arrangements, and the growing demand for knowledge work around the globe. It means navigating work life with an authenticity that replaces any straightforward loyalty to a single employer, and instead calls for better understanding of the self, collaborators, clients, and customers. Provides clear guidance on how to take charge of your own destiny, seek continuous learning, collaborate with others, recognize and act on fresh opportunities, determine when it is time to move on, and much more. Ultimately, the goal of this book is to help knowledge workers from architects to lawyers learn to work on their own terms and to assume ownership of work and career.

The Career Manifesto: Discover Your Calling and Create an Extraordinary Life

Award-winning CEO of XO Group and sought-after speaker, Michael Steib, draws on his own diverse work experience and career highlights as well as powerful anecdotes from other successful business leaders to offer expert guidance, field-tested advice, and interactive exercises that will help you answer these three key questions, envision a goal and then craft and execute a plan to achieve it.

What Color Is Your Parachute?

With timeless advice, up-to-the-minute insights, and more than ten million copies sold over fifty years, the world's most popular and best-selling career guide is fully revised and expanded for 2022.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Covers topics including vocational guidance, labor supply, and employment forecasting. 


Includes discussion of employee motivation and tips for success.

Informational Interviewing

Document your occupational research and pair it with your self-assessment knowledge to begin moving confidently toward a career decision.

Job Seekers

MCC can help student and alumni job seekers with resumes, cover letters and interviewing tips. Campus coordinators can meet with you individually to customize your search for the perfect job.