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Subject: College Major
Category: Reference, Education and News > Education
Asked by: kitzy10789-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 23 Jul 2006 22:55 PDT
Expires: 22 Aug 2006 22:55 PDT
Question ID: 748921
I am currently looking for a college to attend, but I have not the
slightest idea what I want to major in.  I am interested in majoring
in something like:  English, Greek, History, Latin, Religion,
Philosophy, Journalism, Political Science, Psychology, Media Studies,
or Chemical Engineering.  I would like to know what jobs are offered
in these areas before I make my decsion, but I cannot seem to find a
website or a place that will tell me what jobs are offered.  I am very
poor right now because I am saving up for college, ergo my price is
rather low, but will you
please help me?
Subject: Re: College Major
Answered By: easterangel-ga on 23 Jul 2006 23:36 PDT
Hi! Thanks for the question. provides such information. In the link below just
click on a broad topic. Then a list courses will be shown to you.
After that just click on a course and at the lower right corner of the
next page, you will get a list of careers that are usually associated
with that course. also has a very good resource on its website and it is
much more simpler to navigate. This will be very useful to you.

Other sites providing such a service are the following:


University of Delaware

Indiana University

My Majors

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college major careers jobs
I hope this would help you in your research. Before rating this
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Subject: Re: College Major
From: myoarin-ga on 24 Jul 2006 01:13 PDT
Hi Kitzy,

Easterangel has answered your question, but I don't believe it is
really the right question.
Long ago, I was in your position, not so much worrying about what
could be a good career, but just what to major in, per se.  I simply
didn't know what I was really interested in, probably like many, many
young people.  Why not?  High school courses are intended to give
broad general knowledge and are seldom career oriented, and most young
people only know relatively few adults well enough to get any insight
into what they actually do  - and of these few, probably some are in
the same professions as those of the parents.
The majors you mention sweep from Classics to Chemical Engineering,
quite remarkable, but suggesting that you don't know yet what your
real interest is.
Picking a major now that is career oriented could be a wrong choice. 
Too many people discover they slipped into the wrong profession by
basing the decision on lack of knowledge of what the work would
actually be like, OR by only looking at what could be most lucrative 
- which may not hold true in a few years, or because they can't
achieve the level that makes it so,
AND because they did not know themselves.

I would suggest that you find and take one or two tests that help
define your interests and career aptitude.  I believe that there are
some online.
The one I took was a seemingly random list of questions about my
preferences on difference subjects.  The results were compared with
those of persons satisfied with their careers, suggesting that my
profile was similar to those in a couple of fields  - not the one I
had chosen, but they made sense to me  - more so over the years.
Perhaps  - I hope -  someone here agrees  - and can find such websites.

Good luck!
Subject: Re: College Major
From: keystroke-ga on 24 Jul 2006 05:23 PDT

I would agree with myoarin's advice that the major should be your top
priority, not your eventual job. Most liberal arts majors get jobs
that have nothing to do with their majors anyway, and the most
important advice I have about college is to take classes that you
enjoy so that you actually do enjoy it!  I ended up with a different
major than I thought I would simply because I enjoyed that major's
classes much more than what I would. If I'd gone to a different
school, I might have taken a different major. It really depends on
your school.
Subject: Re: College Major
From: boquinha-ga on 24 Jul 2006 10:26 PDT
Ditto much of what has been said. It used to be that a college
education was part of, well, being educated. Over the years, it has
become "career preparation." The emphasis is often on "what's
marketable." Choose something you enjoy. Relish it. Whatever it is can
give you a sound foundation for many, many things.

You can become marketable in and out of college (be it in a trade or
whatever). My own personal opinion is that, more and more, a
bachelor's degree isn't enough to make you "marketable." (I can think
of some, of course, that are--teaching, engineering, etc.). So another
option is to get an undergraduate degree in the liberal arts (or
whatever suits your fancy) and then get a graduate degree in something
"marketable." I've seen many corporate professionals that can't even
write an email well. I often think that a liberal arts background
would do a lot of good for a lot of people . . . (personal opinion,
for what it's worth . . . ). Good luck!


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