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There are many career options in the fields of science and technology. With your overall interest in the field of Engineering, you have many possibilities! The first step in this process is to UNDERSTAND YOURSELF. Use the Career Exploration Workbook to gain more clarity on connecting your interests, values, skills, strengths, and goals to careers. Determine your objective, and begin exploring career fields, majors, and opportunities that may be a good fit for you. After completing the Career Exploration Workbook, begin working on your personal mission statement using the Crafting a Personal Mission Statement Workbook

Cornell Career Services (103 Barnes Hall) offers assessment tools that can help you in this process.

Cornell Engineering Advising (167 Olin Hall) offers resources for helping you choose a major. offers 2,500 detailed courses with over 80,000 high-quality instructional videos on the latest software, creative, and business skills for people at all experience levels.  Learn new, or update your technical and soft (e.g. interviewing, presentation, leadership, communication, etc.) skills.

The second step in this process is to EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS. Use the websites below to learn more about the various disciplines and career paths within the field of engineering and to identify areas of interest. Check out Cornell Engineering's 4-Year Career Map for ideas on how you might engage and explore options while you are here. 

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.  Great resource for learning what career paths are associated with different majors/fields. 

Sloane Career Cornerstone Center

Explore over 185 degree fields and find out about education requirements, salaries, networking, and career planning resources. Browse interviews with hundreds of professionals who offer candid insight into their own diverse careers.


Provides an overview of engineering majors, profiles of engineers in various disciplines, and insight from experts in the field.

Biotech Careers

Interested in a career in biotech? Use the resources on this site to learn about job areas within biotech (e.g. biofuels, biomanufacturing, biomaterials, cell culture, medical devices, medical diagnostics, and more!); view biotech employer locations in specific states, the US, or the world; apply to biotech internships; learn biotech terms; and hear from people who work in biotech companies. .

Career Insider by Vault

Access resources to explore over 100 industries and professions including alternative energy, biotechnology, chemicals, engineering, pharmaceuticals, utilities, and more!  Review the downloadable VAULT Guides to broaden your knowledge on a myriad of topics including consulting, law, finance, interviewing, graduate schools & top employers. Click on Career Insider (powered by Vault) and create a free account using your Cornell email address.

O*NET OnLine

Includes information on skills, abilities, work activities, and interests associated with occupations.  It includes information for over 900 occupations. Assistance for making well-informed decisions about your education and career based on comprehensive research and data. Contains detailed descriptions of occupations and industries, information about majors, video library, top 10 lists and much more! This is a must see!
Career Search Powerful employment research took that allows screening for companies by industry, geographic location, size, or keyword through Cornell University's Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management Library. Scroll down to "To Connect" and login. 
Employment Trends Use Indeed's "trends" feature to explore job trends, job postings per capita, job market competition, and industry employment trends.
CollegeGrad CollegeGrad provides career resources for current students and recent graduates covering a number of topics, including career profiles, salary statistics, job prospects, resume writing tips, interview preparation, job offer negotiation and more!