Associations are formal organizations of individuals representing a profession, occupation, or industry. These organizations support and further the interests of the profession through a variety of member benefits and activities. Professional associations are also good sources of news, emerging trends, key issues, events, and problems in a field.
Listed below are several of the most common benefits and activities of professional associations.
Conferences, workshops and seminars
Career and leadership development
Lobbying and policy-making
Establishment of professional standards and codes of ethics
Here are two methods for identifying professional associations in your field.
1. Advanced Google Search:
2. Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH): https://www.bls.gov/ooh/
The OOH is published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and provides profiles of approximately 80% of jobs in our national economy. The profiles describe the responsibilities, educational requirements, compensation and outlook for each occupation. These profiles are also a good source of relevant professional associations in the field. Locate these organizations by clicking the More Info. tab in an occupation's profile.