Associations for your industry will provide overviews and statistics as well as news articles. You can identify the major associations for your industry with the Encyclopedia of Associations (52nd edition, c2013), which offers brief information on almost 23,000 “non-profit American membership organizations of national scope.” Organizations included represent: business, commercial, commodity exchanges, chambers of commerce and other types of organizations pertinent to business; once discovered, search the Internet for their web sites. The Polson Corporation maintains a comprehensive list of industry portals. Business.com provides Internet sites on over 28 industries. A multiple-industry business association is the U.S Chamber of Commerce.
Listed here are a few sites that provide industry-level statistics and policy analysis. Note that many of them originate from trade associations, some that encourage college students to get involved:
The Encyclopedia of Associations online edition can be a great resource towards discovering information relating to potential careers.
Here are some tips as to how to improve your search experience:
The link above will take you to the "Gale Directory Library" webpage, which provides a list of products, including the International, National, and Regional Encyclopedia of Association directories.
In the upper left-hard corner, click on the "Categories" radio button. From the resulting list, pick "Organizations". Then, in the blank field, type in your search, for instance, enter "paralegal".
The default listing is in alphabetical order. For finding more pertinent associations, there are a couple of options:
1. Type an additional term in the "Find: Within these results" field. For instance, enter "Student".
2. In the "Smart Sort" drop-down menu, choose "NumMembers" to filter to the top of the list the associations in the field which have more members than the others.
When you find an interesting association, just click on its title and browse the resulting information. This will generally include information regarding the cost of a student membership, as well as publications such as salary surveys and career booklets.