ATLANTA, Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- It's the age-old question: What do you want to be when you grow up? Although harmless in the beginning, this becomes a serious decision as children advance in school – one that will have a life-long impact on their income, standard of living and most importantly, their day-to-day job satisfaction and happiness.
To provide some clarity for this tough decision, Dr. Dan Whitenack, Ph.D., an industrial psychologist with more than 20 years of expertise, has developed an innovative, web-based career counseling program called OccupationProfessor. This comprehensive aptitude test analyzes an individual's interests, talents and practical considerations to fine-tune and pinpoint the best occupational matches.
Choosing one job path after high school or college and sticking with it for the rest of a career is becoming a rarity, as a recent Harris survey for the University of Phoenix in Arizona revealed over half of American workers in their 20's, 30's and 40's want to change jobs.
"Individuals spend approximately 100,000 hours of their lives pursuing a career," said Dr. Whitenack, who has personally tested and evaluated over 15,000 career placement candidates of all ages for companies across various industries. "This program helps individuals gain knowledge and confidence that they'll be spending that time in a field that is fulfilling, rewarding and best-suited to their personality and talents."
The career test, which is derived from proven personality and aptitude testing tools, identifies individuals' strengths and weaknesses to match careers that will maximize their talents and opportunities for greater success. Unlike other job counseling services, OccupationProfessor includes all 1,064 career fields officially listed by the U.S. Department of Labor. In addition, the service allows individuals to search for careers based on their particular interests and even refine their search criteria over time.
"We recognize that at some point in an individual's working life, their career path and focus can change," said Dr. Whitenack. "It's important to realize it is never too late to rethink a career, and OccupationProfessor accounts for that shift in mindset. With the right tools and guidance, this major decision becomes much less intimidating and much more empowering, no matter what stage of life an individual is in."
For students trying to choose a major, parents helping their children plan a career, professionals feeling unsure at a career crossroads or retirees looking to stay active, OccupationProfessor provides direction for discovering their perfect career path.
"This is one of the most important decisions individuals will ever make," said Dr. Whitenack. "Career counseling greatly increases the chances that they will choose a career they truly love. It's not about working; it's about living and thriving."
Basic membership for OccupationProfessor includes access to the web-based career assessment test, comprehensive results, a customized job matches list and unlimited access to the occupational-match database. For an additional value, individuals can further connect with Dr. Whitenack and his team of career guidance experts regarding their individual test results, job matches, career choices and other occupation-related issues.
Developed by Ph.D. level Industrial Psychologists, OccupationProfessor is an innovative career counseling service to help students, parents, professionals and retirees decide on their ideal career path. Through a comprehensive aptitude test analyzing each individual's interests and talents, the undecided can determine their ideal job match, which can ultimately launch them into a rewarding career field. For more information or to purchase a membership, please visit http://occupationprofessor.com/.