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New College Writing Program Library Guide: Identifying Professional Organizations

Identifying Professional Organizations

You can find professional associations and organizations in the Occupational Outlook Handbook but a simple Google search can often retrieve more.  

Using Google

Professional associations usually publish trade literature or maintain web sites that contain useful information about a profession.

Google is a good source for finding professional associations and organizations. You can limit your search to only ".org" domains using a simple trick.  ".org" denotes sites such as non-profit associations and special interest or advocacy organizations.  Almost every profession or job has a professional organization.   

To locate professional organizations, enter your search using your selected occupation combined with "site:.org."  Example:

You still have a little work to do.  Examine each organization carefully and try to determine the organizations role in the profession.  For example, The American Psychological Association is the leading professional organization for psychologists.  

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