INQUIRING MINDS: Resources on a new job or career

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here’s one of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. I’m currently in a career transition and I want to get information and research what careers will become bigger in the future.

A. Our library offers several good resources if you’re looking for a new job or career.  In addition to books on career change, we also have several online databases that can give you information on working conditions, pay, and projected outlook for many different professions — as well as test preparation materials that might help you get ready for employment and civil service tests. If you’d like more information about, or assistance logging on to sources like JobNow! or the Occupational Outlook Handbook, ask one of our librarians. 

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a particularly good resource for anyone contemplating a career shift. Prepared by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it was formerly published annually in book form. Now it’s available online, which allows for even more frequent updating of information on what to expect in hundreds of jobs and occupations. You can find the Occupational Outlook at or check with a librarian if you need assistance in getting started using it. 

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Do you have a question for the staff at the Roseville Library? You can call them at 651-724-6001 or ask your question in person at the Information Desk, Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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