Pathways to Promising Careers
This resource is sponsored by the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation and the Vermont Community Foundation to improve access to higher education and to ensure today’s students are ready for tomorrow’s jobs in Vermont.


Research Current Career Opportunities

Welcome! This site is designed to assist Vermont students, graduates, and veterans seeking career information to:

  • Identify those occupations that pay more than the average hourly wage for Vermont workers ($21.00 as of May 2012) AND are projected by the Vermont Department of Labor to show the greatest increase in the number of job openings in the state through 2020.
  • Determine the training and/or education requirements needed to prepare for these promising careers.

Explore Promising Career Opportunities  

Our listings of promising careers for Vermonters are categorized by their educational requirements. Start with the list that fits the education level you have achieved — or hope to achieve. When you identify an occupation of interest on one of these lists, click on that job title to link to the wealth of information the Vermont Department of Labor has gathered in its Infolink system:

For a complete listing in a printable format (but less suitable for mobile devices), see:

Explore Vermont Education Opportunities 

Veterans: The Community College of Vermont offers a suite of resources for you. Visit the Veterans' Benefits Page or contact one of their Veterans Advisors. Your life experience may qualify for college credit and get you off to a solid start. 

Students: Take a look at the Vermont Student Association (VSAC) Start Where You Are website and the Community College of Vermont's College and Career Guide. Work with your school counseling office to enroll in coursework that will prepare you for the careers that interest you. For a look at Vermont colleges at which to pursue post-high school studies in your area(s) of interest, see the Consortium of Vermont Colleges' Search by Major website. Consider getting a head start on college via the Vermont Dual Enrollment Program, in which students earn college credit while still in high school, thereby reducing the time and costs associated with getting a college degree. 

Adults Seeking New Job and Educational Opportunities: Work with your local Adult Learning Center to prepare yourself for a GED, or for furthering education and job training. Additional options are offered by the Vermont Adult Technical Education Association and the Area Health Education Centers. Consider pursuing college coursework through Johnson State College's flexible external degree program.

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