Professional association and organizational websites are excellent resources for identifying issues and trends in your career field. There are professional and trade organizations for almost every industry or career.
Once you've found the website for a professional organization, you should . . .
Once you have identified some issues or trends relevant to your field, you can then move on to search for resources that discuss those particular issues in more detail.
In addition to finding basic information about your career, you can use the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) to find professional organizations related to your field.
The OOH guide for Occupational Therapy Assistants - [opens a new window] includes a More Info tab. Click the More Info tab to see a list of professional organizations.
Once you've clicked the More Info tab, look under Contacts for More Information to see what organizations are listed. Follow the links to the website(s). In this example, there is a link to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) website.
Once you click an organization link, the website will give you an extra page alerting you to the fact that you will be leaving this website and going to another one. Just click the link provided to proceed to the organization website.
Once you get to the organization website, look around for things that will give you clues as to what sorts of issues are important in the field. In the case of the AOTA website, reading through the information found under the tabs labeled "Advocacy & Policy," "Education & Careers," and "Publications & News" may be most helpful. A close reading the information about AOTA's legislative victories from 2018, seems to imply that the organization has worked very hard to have occupational therapy formally recognized as a treatment option in mental health and opioid addiction. This means that we can now search for articles from journals and trade publications that talk about how occupational therapy, mental health, and/or opioid addiction are related.
Keep in mind that every organizational website is different and that some may include more information than others. Many sites may also keep much of their information locked so that only members of that organization can access it.
Use an Internet search engine to see if there are local chapters or state-level organizations in your field.
Here are just a few examples of national and local professional organization websites.