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ACT World of Work Map

This resource contains both evidence-based research and practice-based materials that can help guide the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of career pathways programs.
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The ACT World-of-Work Map is an empirically based system for summarizing and displaying basic similarities and differences between occupations. It is visual and interactive, designed to engage users in the process of career exploration.  To help individuals navigate among hundreds of occupations, the World-of-Work Map organizes 555 occupations into 26 groups of similar occupations (career areas). The Map serves as a visual bridge, linking people (via career assessment results) to personally relevant occupations. Used together with the ACT Interest Inventory, the World-of-Work Map can help people see the connections between the work world and the activities they like to do.

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The purpose of this resource is to allow students, job seekers, advisors, counselors, parents, and others to conduct career exploration and planning through an easy, accessible, online career exploration tool.  The web-based resource is designed to assist individuals in guiding the next steps in their personal career progression.

This resource was reviewed and vetted through the Designing Instruction for Career Pathways initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education under Contract No. ED-CFO-10-A-0072/0001.