August 15

Career Pathway 4 Part Series: Part 1-Choosing a Career

Many of us have all been there at some point, applying to hundreds of jobs, posting and reposting your resume, following up with employers, and the end result at times is not in your favor.  Have you stopped to think about whether or not you are applying for the right jobs based on your skill set and interests?

Check out the O-NET Online Occupation Handbook: Here you can search specific occupations and see what the qualifications, education, or experience one needs for those positions! Ex. If you type in “machinist in that search box, you get a list of jobs, if you click one of the jobs – you get this: includes the tasks you do, tools and tech used, KSAs, work activities, context, education, work styles, wages, job openings, etc.

For our MSSC candidates we also recommend utilizing our BLS sheet for Production and Logistics Occupations.  We have identified occupations that would best suit a MSSC candidate after receiving our credential along with the total employment in production and logistics occupations.  This will not only help you find the occupation that suits you best it will also narrow your job search!


  • First-line supervisors of production workers-559,350
  • Machinists-368,510
  • Tool & die makers-70,320
  • Welders, cutters, brazers-316,290
  • Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers & weighers-434,170


  • Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers-1,508,620
  • Light Truck or Delivery Services-771,210
  • Conveyor Operators and Tenders-37,200
  • Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers-2,063,580

For full list of occupations CLICK HERE

As an MSSC Candidate what positions have you applied for or recommend for fellow Candidates?  Please leave your comment below!

* SourceOccupational Employment Statistics, 2012 edition Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

-Catherine Feeney, Community Outreach Manager (MSSC)


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