Here are two powerful tools to help you explore potential careers. The World-of-Work Map breaks down the job world according to four basic interests: working with things, working with data, working with ideas and working with people. It’s a handy way to think about potential careers in terms of your own personality and inclinations. Do you like working with numbers? Are you a people person? Seeing career areas this way can point you in the right direction. (You may already have a customized version of this map from the EXPLORE test report you got in the ninth grade.)
Once you’ve got your bearings on the map below, go to act.org and click on “Education and Career Planning” to use an interactive version. It will help you learn about jobs in each category, average salaries and typical training requirements.