CG130H Introduction to Today's Careers: Health: Websites

Professional organizations on the web

Most careers have a few professional associations that help connect people in those professions to share information, including job postings. Here are a few tips on how locate a state or national professional associations using a web search engine:

Try search terms like these:

  • medical assistants -- try the job title
  • association OR chapter OR society -- the OR will look for any of these words 
  • Oregon -- add a place name if you want to find one in a particular location

Try limiting the search to organizational websites:

  • site:org

Example search: 

site:org "medical assistants" association Oregon

Recommended websites

Advanced Google Searching

Google's advanced search lets you limit your search to more reliable resources, like education sites or government sites. To do this, add site:edu or site:gov to your regular Google search.

For example: 

  • If you do an ordinary Google search for nutritional supplements, most of your top results will be commercial (.com) sites trying to sell you vitamins.
  • If you search for nutritional supplements site:gov , the top results (except for the sponsored ads) will be sites such as the National Institute of Health and the Food and Drug Administration, which are authoritative, unbiased sources that are not trying to sell you anything.
  • If you search for nutritional supplements site:edu, your top results will be from universities providing research on nutritional supplements.

Learn more Google Search tips from "6 Google Tricks That Will Turn You Into an Internet Detective" in the New York Times.