Lisa Harding

7 Free Digital Career Research Tools for Teachers Transitioning Careers

Transitioning from teaching to a new career can be an exciting yet challenging endeavor. As a teacher, you possess a unique set of skills and experiences that can open doors to various job opportunities. To help you navigate this transition successfully, we have curated a list of seven free digital career research tools specifically tailored to teachers seeking new career paths. These resources will assist you in exploring different industries, discovering transferable skills, understanding job prospects, and finding rewarding career opportunities outside the classroom. 

1. O*Net OnLine: 

O*Net OnLine ( is an invaluable resource for teachers transitioning careers. It offers comprehensive information on various occupations, allowing you to explore job descriptions, required skills, educational requirements, and salary ranges. By analyzing the skills you've acquired through teaching, you can identify alternative career paths that align with your expertise and interests. 

2. MyNextMove: 

MyNextMove ( is a user-friendly tool that helps teachers discover potential career options based on their skills and interests. This platform allows you to explore different industries, access detailed job profiles, and learn about related occupations. By inputting your teaching skills and interests, you can discover new career possibilities that utilize your expertise in different ways. 

3. CareerOneStop: 

CareerOneStop ( provides a range of career exploration tools and resources designed to support teachers in their career transition. Utilize the Skills Profiler to assess your transferable skills and identify potential career matches. Explore the Occupation Profile search to gain insights into various jobs, including salary data, required education, and industry trends. 

4. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook: 

The BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook ( is an essential resource for teachers exploring new career opportunities. It offers detailed information on employment projections, job duties, educational requirements, and median pay for various occupations. This tool provides valuable insights into the future outlook of different careers, helping you make informed decisions about your next professional move. 

5. LinkedIn Career Explorer: 

LinkedIn Career Explorer ( can be a valuable asset for teachers transitioning careers. Leverage LinkedIn's vast professional network to explore career paths of individuals who have successfully transitioned from teaching to other industries. Gain insights into alternative job titles, required skills, and industries that value your teaching background and expertise. 

6. Indeed Career Guide: 

The Indeed Career Guide ( offers a wealth of resources tailored to job seekers, including teachers transitioning careers. Explore articles and guides covering resume writing, job search strategies, interview tips, and industry-specific advice. This platform will help you navigate the job market effectively and provide valuable insights for your career transition. 

7. Vocational Information Center: 

The Vocational Information Center ( is an excellent resource for teachers considering vocational or technical career paths. Discover vocational schools, trade programs, and educational resources specific to different industries. This platform provides guidance on alternative career paths that may value your teaching experience, such as instructional design, corporate training, or educational consulting. 

Transitioning from teaching to a new career opens up a world of opportunities, and these seven free digital career research tools can be your guiding light in this journey. From O*Net OnLine and MyNextMove for exploring alternative occupations to CareerOneStop and the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook for understanding job prospects, these tools empower you with valuable insights. LinkedIn Career Explorer connects you with successful career transition stories, while the Indeed Career Guide and Vocational Information Center offer resources for navigating the job market and exploring vocational paths. Embrace these tools, leverage their potential, and embark on a fulfilling career beyond the classroom. If you haven’t yet, join LearnWorld’s Facebook Group, Teacher Career Transitions (LearnWorld). 


About This Post: 

This blog post is based on information shared within the Teacher Career Transition Academy. To learn more about this particular topic, refer to the video title “Discover Your Next Career: The Journey of Career Exploration” located within the Teacher Career Transition Academy. 
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