Career development is the lifelong process of managing learning, work, leisure, and transitions in order to move toward a preferred and evolving preferred future.
In educational development, career development provides a person, a student, a focus for selecting a career or subject (s) to be undertaken in the future. Schools assisting students with their educational development.
In organizational development (or OD), the study of career development looks at:
- how to manage their careers,
- how organizations structure the career progress of their members, it can also be linked to succession planning within most organizations.
In today’s world, they are looking for ways to encourage career development and encourage their employees to drive their own careers.
In personal development , career development is:
- “… the total constellation of psychological, sociological, educational, physical, economic, and chance factors that combine to influence the nature and significance of work in the total lifespan of any given individual.” 
- The evolution or a career – informed by (1) Experience within a specific field of interest (with career, job, or task specific skills as by-product) (2) (4) Communications (the capacity to analytically reflect your suitability for a given job by cover letter, resume, and / or the interview process), and (5) understanding of career development as a navigable process. (Angelo J. Rivera)
- “… as such, career development involves the person’s creation of a career pattern, decision-making style, integration of life roles, values expression, and life-role self concepts. ” 
Figures in career development
- Jesse B. Davis 
- John L. Holland
- Frank Parsons
- Edgar Schein
- Employment counselor
- Holland Codes
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
- Personality psychology
- Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF)
- Jump up^ Career Development: A Policy Statement of the National Career Development Board of Directors (Adopted March 16, 1993; revised 2003)PDF HTML ArchivedJune 16, 2010, at theWayback Machine.
- Jump up^ Herr, EL, & Cramer, SH (1996). Career guidance and counseling through the lifespan: Systematic approaches. New York: HarperCollins) (Niles, SG & Harris-Bowlsbey, J (2002) Career Development Interventions in the 21st Century, Columbus, OH: Merrill Prentice Hall., P7
- Jump up^ Pope, M. (2009). Jesse Buttrick Davis (1871-1955): Pioneer of vocational guidance in schools. Career Development Quarterly, 57, 278-288.