14. COMPLETE: Comparing Career Choices & Salary Assignment (Due 5/7; accepted for credit until 5/14)

COMPLETE: Comparing Career Choices & Salary

To explore careers and their salaries across the United States, research at least three occupations of interest and record the information needed on this Google Spreadsheet (make a copy). You will need to visit the following sites to compare the salary ranges of New York, California and Pennsylvania. A site for Utah wages is included later as well. As you are exploring salaries, keep in mind cost of living differences.


Once you are at one of the sites, you will need to choose the link for “Assess Yourself” (Quick Assessment). You then will be prompted to choose and rank 3 of these 6 interests:

Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Artistic - Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Clicking on "View Occupations" will then give you a list of career choices to choose from. You must choose the same 3 at each of the sites to correctly fill in the spreadsheet.

Now go to utahfutures.org to add the Utah wage information to the spreadsheet. First you will need to create an account. Once your account is created, follow these instructions:
  • Click on Occupations & Jobs
  • Click on Occupations Index
  • From the alphabet, choose beginning letter of the occupation you want information about.
  • Find your occupation in the list and click on it.
  • Click on any links at the left that you need to view in order to finish filling in the spreadsheet (skills, knowledge, wages,etc...) Note that wage info is included for the State of Utah, counties and a national average-be sure to copy the Utah wage.
  • You may want to explore this site more when you have time since it is a very valuable resource for High School students!

Write a parapgraph about what you discovered about yourself and the economic differences among careers at the bottom of your spreadsheet.

Submit the link to your spreadsheet below following these instructions.