Careers & Vocations Study Guide

The type of resource below is a list of authoritative sources available on this topic, such as books available at the NCTC Libraries and Internet resources.


Search the Catalog. Use the NCTC Library catalog to search all NCTC campuses for books, DVDs, and more. Search by keyword, title, author, or subject. The call number and location indicate where the item is located.

Inter Campus Delivery

Request that items from other campuses be delivered to your home campus.

  1. Locate and click on an item in the catalog
  2. Click "requests" just below the library banner
  3. Complete and submit the "Request Item" form

Please allow two to three school days for delivery.

Suggested Searches

For careers in general, try searching for these terms:

  • Career
  • Job
  • Profession
  • Occupation
  • Employment
For specific careers, try searching for the career, or combine the name of the field with the terms above. For example:
  • Food job
  • Culinary career
  • Nutritionist
  • Chef


NCTC provides subscriptions to thousands of journals, magazines, newspapers and other credible sources of information through research databases.

Note: These links only work ON-CAMPUS. To access the databases off-campus, go the Library Databases page within MyNCTC.

Suggested Databases

Vocation and Career Collection
Provides subscriptions to trade magazines, journals and other publications covering hot topics and trends in different fields. Some publications include American Machinist, Aviation Week, Candy Industry, and Pediatric Nursing.

Learning Express Library--Job & Career Accelerator
Contains interactive courses, practice tests and eBooks for different careers. Use this database to build your skills and prep for licensing exams. Try the "Explore Careers," or "Occupation Matcher" tools. Requires a free account.

Founded by Syracuse and Harvard graduates. This database has an extensive collection of online, self-paced classes to help you gain marketable tech skills. Includes courses Microsoft certification, HTML, Python and more. Create an account and use the voucher code 9440501.

Internet Resources

United States Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook
Information on salaries, job responsibilities, work environment, and career growth. Compiled by government researchers and is considered the most reliable data on careers and vocations. Also available in print- ask for call number HD5724 .O26 2014.

Work in Texas
This website is a service of the Texas Workforce Commission that matches job seekers with employers in the state of Texas. In addition to the job bank, this site provides Texas job market information, information on career development and training programs.
Take the MAPP (Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress) test, and find out what job your strengths can be applied to.

Services from NCTC Counseling and Testing
Links to even more career exploration resources, career assessments and job banks from the NCTC Counseling and Testing Center.