Information about job opportunities, estimated salaries and training paths for more than 300 occupations is now available to Nova Scotians at the Department of Education Career Options website. “We’re providing Nova Scotians with as much information as possible about opportunities in the province when they make career decisions,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “The Career Options website is a one-stop resource that will make employment research much easier for Nova Scotians of all ages.” The Department of Education recently upgraded the Career Options site (www.careeroptions.ednet.ns.ca) to include labour market outlooks for 313 occupations in Nova Scotia. Information includes job availability and projected growth, estimated potential earnings, necessary credentials, education and training paths, and contact information for employers and educational institutions. The site targets youths, adults and career coaches, a category that includes teachers, parents and guidance professionals. Visitors to the site can search by occupation category, specific job titles or by keyword. They can also take quizzes to explore their abilities, interests and work values, and can find links to career-related and job search websites. The Department of Education is promoting the website as a tool for the Grade 9 Health/Personal Development and Relationships course and the Grade 11 Career and Life Management course. “The Career Options website is a great tool for students, teachers and career coaches alike because it provides comprehensive, searchable information on career opportunities in the province,” said Rob Wolf, a Grade 11 teacher at St. Mary’s Academy in Sherbrooke. “Students are doing much of their research online, and this site presents a realistic view of what’s available in Nova Scotia.” “It’s good to be able to check out various professions and to seewhat the job situation is like here in Nova Scotia,” said Larissa Humphrey, a Grade 10 student at St. Mary’s Academy. “There are jobs on this site that I didn’t know much about, it was so easy to be able to read up on the education requirements and the possible salaries for the careers I’m interested in.” The new Career Options website is one of a series of career information tools the Department of Education will launch this year. The Nova Scotia Career Guide was distributed to Grade 9 students across the province in November 2005. This year, the department will also introduce a Career Guide for Adults, a booklet for schools that provides information on job-related websites, and a teacher’s resource for Career and Life Management.