Career Seekers

Be Career Ready

Each step on the career pathway offers opportunities for advancement. The pathway prepares you for the next level, whether it is employment or education.

By focusing on in-demand industry credentials and certification, Career Pathways aligns you with the needs of Virginia’s workforce – targeting jobs important to the local economy.

Of the 1.5 million job vacancies expected in the next decade in Virginia, more than half will require more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree. Instead, businesses will seek job applicants who hold an associate’s degree and/or industry-recognized certifications.

Middle-skill jobs account for 49 percent of Virginia’s labor market, but only 40 percent of the state’s workers are trained to the middle-skill level, according to the National Skills Coalition.

Explore your career pathway

The following websites offer tools and resources to lead you on your career pathway, including what jobs are in demand in Virginia, what training is required and where you can find the necessary training and/or education:

Training for Students

Student Activities

What services are available to assist me?

  • Counseling and career planning
  • Developing an individual employment plan
  • Assessing job readiness skills
  • Developing resume
  • Identifying credentials or certifications needed
  • Prepping for GED, adult education
  • Finding internships/work experiences
  • Preparing for job search
  • Finding assistive technology to perform job

How do I develop a Career Plan?

  • Self-Exploration. Analyze your talents and interests, make a list
  • Career Exploration. Analyze jobs available, what they pay and the skills and education needed
  • Identify jobs where your talent and interests meet in-demand occupations
  • Develop a tentative career plan with a pathway that includes education, training and stackable credentials. Your DARS and DBVI counselors can help
  • Pursue your goals

Not connected with DARS or DBVI? 
Contact us to get connected today!

Frequently Asked Questions

Virginia's vocational rehabilitation agencies offer individuals with disabilities a new way to navigate their career. Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities (CPID) encourages individuals to attain marketable career credentials, qualify for skilled jobs and earn a livable wage.

CPID targets Virginia's high-growth industry sectors, identifies advanced credentials and provides work-based training programs. Industries include modern manufacturing, logistics and information technology. Other industries may be added within the next five years.

Today's manufacturing environment is not the factory of yesterday. Almost 234,000 people are employed in manufacturing in Virginia. Modern manufacturing jobs are highly skilled and require multiple credentials. The average salary in Virginia is $34,000 with an additional 40 percent in benefits. Logistics offers a variety of opportunities from shipping and receiving to advanced technology logistics planning.

“Dream It. Do It. Virginia” academies are held each summer. Offerings include advanced technology topics such as robotics, drones, 3-D imaging, welding and solar-powered water purification. For more information, visit

Candidates should be seeking employment and have middle school reading and math levels. Potential participants will be given a vocational assessment and are considered on an individual basis, with preference given to those with higher math levels.

Manufacturing credentials including Manufacturing Technician, Manufacturing Specialist, OSHA 10 and Career Readiness Certification are desired and often required by many businesses so it will increase job opportunities.

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