Career Exploration | Western Technical College

Career Exploration

Are you unsure of what career you want to pursue? Are you wondering if your current program or career is the best option for the future?

Spending some time now to discover your personal interests and abilities can get you on the right track by helping you find a career that matches your unique strengths.

For a Zoom or phone appointment please click here. Zoom is recommended if you have an assignment, so that you can share your resume with the career services staff. For a face-to-face appointment in The SPACE (Student Success Center Room 222), email us at or call 608-785-9440. 

Online Interest Assessments

Career Interest Questionnaire - Wisconsin Technical College

Participate in this 10-minute questionnaire about your interests to help identify which clusters (career areas) might be the best fit for you. Based on activities you enjoy, your personal qualities, and school subjects you like, the questionnaire ranks the career clusters you may find most fulfilling. 

Fill out questionnaire now


TypeFocus is an online career development tool with the motto "Success through self-awareness."

TypeFocus provides practical applications through online personality assessments and personalized reports that help connect you to careers that you may be interested in. The first time using this online tool, you will be asked to register using your name, email address, and create a password. You can return to the assessment anytime using your email address and password.

Please contact Career Services at 608-785-9440 or to schedule a meeting to review your assessment with a career advisor.

mySkills myFuture

Tell mySkills myFuture a job you had. They'll find careers with similar skills to positions you've had in the past.

Career and Salary Information (Labor Market Information)

Western publishes salary information for the graduates of every program. Check out our programs, choose a program, and click on the “Graduation Employment Facts” button.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
The principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy.

Career Finder (What you can do with a major in...)
Career Finder makes it easy for students and graduates to find career inspiration for their field of study. Just enter a major to see a visual breakdown of the most popular, highest paying, and fastest growing jobs in a field, as well as the most relevant job listings from 12,000 companies. The results are based on government data from over 2 million respondents representing 360 careers and 148 majors.

A comprehensive website that also provides salary data, which can be filtered by company name, job title, and/or location. Take a look at their additional resources such as employer profiles, company reviews, job postings, career advice and more!

A comprehensive career site sponsored by the U. S. Department of Labor, Employment, and Training Administration where you can explore careers, find about required education and training for various types of careers as well as labor market information and links to other helpful sites and services.

Guides to Health Careers, Degrees, Schools and Job Search Resources.
Information about healthcare schools, jobs, and careers.

National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Salary Calculator Center
Compensation data for more than 1,000 occupations in 560 regions of the United States.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
This website provider the reader with the latest information relating to projected job openings, earnings, training and education. 

O*NET Online
Detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more.
Search for RN jobs in Wisconsin, sign up for RN job alerts, and learn about RN salaries throughout the state.

Simply Salary
See how your salary compares with others in your profession—both locally and nationally.

Wisconsin labor market information

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD)
A state agency charged with building and strengthening Wisconsin's workforce in the 21st century and beyond. The Department's primary responsibilities include providing job services, training and employment assistance to people looking for work, at the same time as it works with employers on finding the necessary workers to fill current job openings.

Volunteer Opportunities

A great way to “try-on” a career is to do volunteer work for organizations that interest you. Western is partnering with the United Way, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and Viterbo University to organize volunteer opportunities with local non-profits. Visit for more information.

Candid Career Videos

Candid Career Videos are a fun and efficient way to explore careers!

  • Discover career fields you did not even know existed and learn what it takes to get there.

  • Save your favorites to help guide your college and/or career discussions with your parents and/or school educators.

  • Use the advice to further educate yourself on your favorite careers, complete pre-requisites, and pursue internships and job openings.

Career Fairs

Watch this video to learn how to make a career fair successful, from preparation to the follow ups.

Graduate Outcomes Report

The Graduate Outcomes Report is a follow-up of graduates who were awarded an associate degree or technical diploma by Western Technical College for completing their program of study. This report is released annually.

Non-Traditional Occupations

A non-traditional occupation is defined as any occupation in which women or men comprise less than 25% of the workforce. Today, many women and men are breaking down barriers to pursue careers. 


Let us help you find the career that’s right for you!