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Industry Preference Exercise

When considering work options, it is important to research occupations of interest (i.e., editor, sales representative, graphic designer, etc.). Consideration of occupations alone, however, offers only a partial view of the world of work, whereas it is also important to think about industries of interest and how a given occupation fits into one industry versus another. For example, if people had an interest in personal counseling, they could explore the field of counseling in general and then they could explore counseling options in a number of industry settings including the education industry, the social services industry, and the health care industry. Given a choice, we all have our preferences as to industries of interest. Before you start this exercise, make a copy of this page as a reference. Review the list of major industries below and circle all industries that are of interest to you. Next, out of those industries you circled, pick your top five industries of interest (with number one being your first choice, number two your second, and so on). List these top five industries in the space provided at the bottom of this page. 

*The "WetFeet" website career/industries page is currently under construction. The links below to that site will connect when work is complete.

 

INDUSTRY 

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Accounting 

Vault  

 WetFeet  

 
Advertising & Public Relations 

Vault  

WetFeet 

Occupational Outlook Handbook 

Aerospace & Defense 

Vault 

WetFeet 

 

Agriculture 

Occupational Outlook Handbook 

United States Department of Agriculture 

 
Airlines 

Vault  

Occupational Outlook Handbook 

 
Alternative Health Care 

American Association of Oriental Medicine 

American Holistic Nurses Association  American Holistic Health Association 
Animals  American Zoo and Aquarium Association  American Veterinary Medical Association  American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 
Automotives  Vault   Occupational Outlook Handbook   
Architecture & Interior Design 

Vault  

American Institute of Architects  American Society of Interior Designers 
Banking 

Vault  

WetFeet  

Occupational Outlook Handbook 

Biology  Occupational Outlook Handbook  Career Zone   
Book Publishing  Occupational Outlook Handbook  WetFeet   
Biotech 

Vault 

WetFeet 

 
Broadcasting 

Occupational Outlook Handbook 

National Association of Broadcasters   
Business  International Franchise Association  U.S. Small Business Administration   
Chemicals 

Vault  

Occupational Outlook Handbook 

 

Computer Hardware 

Vault  

WetFeet 

 
Computer Software 

Vault  

WetFeet 

 

Computers  WetFeet  Occupational Outlook Handbook   
Construction 

Vault  

Occupational Outlook Handbook 

 
Consulting 

Vault  

WetFeet 

Occupational Outlook Handbook 
Cosmetology 

Professional Beauty Association 

Cosmetology Advancement Foundation 

 
Dance 

Dance USA 

American Dance Guild   
Dental Care 

American Dental Association 

American Dental Hygienists' Association   
Earth Sciences 

American Geological Institute 

American Institute of Professional Geologists   
Education  Vault   WetFeet  Occupational Outlook Handbook 
Electronics  American Electronics Association  Vault    
Energy 

Vault  

WetFeet 

 
Engineering 

Vault  

National Society of Professional Engineers 

 
Entrepreneurs 

American Home Business Association 

United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship 

 
The Environment 

Ecological Society of America 

Environmental Careers Organization 

The Nature Conservancy 

Fashion 

Vault  

American Apparel and Footwear Association   
Film  Occupational Outlook Handbook  American Film Institute   
Fire Fighting  International Association of Fire Fighters     
Food Processing  Occupational Outlook Handbook  Grocery Manufacturers Association   
Foreign Trade  Federation of International Trade Associations  National Foreign Trade Council   
Government    WetFeet  Occupational Outlook Handbook 
Grocery Stores  Occupational Outlook Handbook     
Health Care  Vault   WetFeet  Occupational Outlook Handbook 
Home Furnishings  National Home Furnishings Association  Home Furnishings International Association   
Hospitality  Vault  Occupational Outlook Handbook   
Human Resources  WetFeet  Society for Human Resource Management   
Information Services  American Society for Information Science  American Library Association  Association of Independent Information Professionals 
Insurance  Vault   WetFeet  Occupational Outlook Handbook 
The Internet  Vault   WetFeet  Occupational Outlook Handbook 
Journalism  Vault  WetFeet  Journalism.org 
Law  Vault  WetFeet   
Letter & Package Delivery  Vault   National Association of Letter Carriers   
Literary Arts  The Author's Guild  Writer's Guild of America
(East Chapter) 
 
Machining & Machinery  Occupational Outlook Handbook  National Tooling and Machining Association  New Hampshire Machining Association 
Manufacturing  Vault   WetFeet  Occupational Outlook Handbook 
Mathematics & Physics  American Mathematical Society  International Association of Mathematical Physics  American Physical Society 
Metals  American Iron and Steel Institute  ASM International   
Military Services  Vault   Military Officers Association of America  Today's Military: Military Careers 
Mining  Occupational Outlook Handbook  National Mining Association   
Museums & Cultural Centers  American Alliance of Museums  Archives & Museum Informatics   
Music & Recording Industry  American Federation of Musicians  Recording Industry Association of America   
Newspapers & Magazines  Newspaper Association of America  Magazine Publishers of America   
Nuclear Energy  International Atomic Energy Agency  American Nuclear Society   
Packaging  Institute of Packaging Professionals  National Institute of Packaging, Handling, and Logistic Engineers   
Parks & Public Lands  National Recreation and Park Association  National Parks Conservation Association  National Park Service 
Petroleum  American Petroleum Institute  Society of Petroleum Engineers   
Pharmaceuticals  Vault   WetFeet  Occupational Outlook Handbook 
Photography  Professional Photographers of America  National Press Photographers Association   
Plastics  The Society of the Plastics Industry  American Plastics Council   
Printing  National Association for Printing Leadership  Specialty Graphic Imaging Association   
Public Safety  American Correctional Association  American Jail Association   
Publishing  Vault   WetFeet  Occupational Outlook Handbook 
Pulp & Paper  Technical Association for the Pulp, Paper, and Converting Industry  American Forest & Paper Association   
Radio  National Association of Broadcasters  Radio Advertising Bureau   
Railroads  Association of American Railroads  American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association   
Real Estate  Vault   WetFeet   
Recreation   American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance   National Recreation and Park Association  American Gaming Association 
Religious Ministries  National Council of Churches  Rabbinical Council of America    
Restaurant & Food Service  Vault   National Restaurant Association  Occupational Outlook Handbook  
Rubber  Rubber Manufacturers Association  International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers   
Sales  Sales and Marketing Executives International  National Retail Federation  National Association of Sales Professionals 
Shipping  Vault   American Society of Transportation and Logistics  International Chamber of Shipping and International Shipping Federation 
Social Sciences  American Sociological Association  American Anthropological Association  Humanities and Social Sciences Online 
Social Services  Occupational Outlook Handbook  National Association of Social Workers  American Counseling Association 
Space Exploration  National Aeronautics and Space Administration  American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics   
Sports  Vault  WetFeet   National Association for Sport and Physical Education 
Stone/Concrete/Ceramics/Glass  Minerals, Metals & Materials Society  American Ceramic Society  National Glass Association 
Telecommunications  Vault   WetFeet  Occupational Outlook Handbook 
Television  National Cable & Television Association  National Association of Broadcasters   
Textiles  Occupational Outlook Handbook  International Textile and Apparel Association   
Theater  Dramatists Guild of America  National Association of Schools of Theater   
Toys & Games  Toy Industry Association     
Transportation  Vault  WetFeet  Occupational Outlook Handbook 
Travel & Tourism  Vault  American Society of Travel Agents   
Trucking  Occupational Outlook Handbook  American Trucking Associations  Professional Truck Driver Institute of America 
Visual Arts  American Institute of Graphic Arts  American Federation of Arts   
Waste Management  Air and Waste Management Association  National Recycling Coalition   
Wood 

International Wood Products Association 

Society of American Foresters 

 




This list of industries is taken from a variety of resources, including the Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance (Volume 1, 12th edition, 2003). You can ask to see this reference book in our career library in order to get an overview of any industry listed. A number of internet sites also contain information about various industries and you can access this information by clicking on the links that correspond to the industry of interest that you are researching above. More information about these industries and careers associated with them can also be accessed through our Career Exploration link.
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