Career Exploration

Student Job Shadow Week

Register to host students during Job Shadow Week 2023

Job shadows are experiential work opportunities where a student shadows a professional in the field they’re interested in for two or four-blocks. A low risk, high reward strategy, job shadows can quickly confirm for students that their chosen shadow experience is a field they want to pursue or, just as importantly, not pursue.


To promote job shadows, each February the Chamber EDC facilitates Job Shadow Week across Bismarck-Mandan. Area employers are encouraged to offer job shadow opportunities that are then promoted to high school and college students to experience that week.


In addition, Chamber EDC Staff are happy to help facilitate job shadows for area students throughout the year. Whether it’s during Job Shadow Week or another time, our members are always open to hosting students.


To learn more, contact Chamber EDC Workforce Development Speciallist Mary Kempenich at mary@bmcedc.com or (701) 223-5660.

Educator Experience

In addition to promoting career awareness to area students with the annual Student Job Shadow Week, the Chamber EDC also seeks to provide area educators with experiential learning opportunities through the annual Educator Experience program. After all, along with parents and counselors, our educators are ‘influencers’ who aid in the development of our students’ career paths.


The Educator Experience program places 20 educators in a week-long series of experiential learning sessions with area employers to educate them on the career opportunities available in Bismarck-Mandan’s most in-demand trades and occupations.


Providing our area teachers with hands-on career experience prepares them to bring that understanding into the classroom to provide their students with insight into the career paths that best fit their interests and skillsets. It’s a win-win as our employers showcase their industries and our educators gain access to in-demand work experiences.



To learn more, contact Chamber EDC Workforce Development Speciallist Mary Kempenich at mary@bmcedc.com or (701) 223-5660.

Careers by Education

Careers by Education is a publication of the North Dakota Career and Technical Education that details a wide range of careers and the training required. Included are examples of the work done by each occupation, the total openings in North Dakota for those listed occupations and the average wage. The number of openings and wages are based on 2013 information, so keep in mind the wages today would likely be higher in the examples provided.

College Planning Center

The Bank of North Dakota offers an online College Planning Center with information for students – middle school, high school, college, and non-traditional – and parents, guardians, and grandparents. You can explore occupations, learn about careers that you may not have been aware of and research programs to pay or save for college.

Youth and Careers

The Youth & Careers section of the North Dakota Department of Commerce’s Workforce Development website offers resources for those interested in learning more about the careers and opportunities in North Dakota. Bismarck-Mandan’s employers are seeking team members of all skill levels and you’ll find many opportunities to start your career.

Youth Forward

is anything and everything that connects people ages 14-24 (and their parents or guardians) to a future in North Dakota. Youth Forward offers resources for exploring careers, planning your education, finding an internship and more.

Registered Apprenticeship

provides training for people in a variety of occupations that require a diverse skillset. Registered Apprenticeship combines supervised, paid, on-the-job training with technical classroom studies in subjects related to the apprentice's occupation.

Job Seeker Apprenticeship

is a Job Service North Dakota publication that outlines career opportunities in the state, including employment projections, wages, core tasks, work activities, skillsets and typical education/training requirements. Those occupations that are in-demand and high compensation are noted.