This major will give you skills in planning, budgeting, managing, and administering a business. Businesses have an absolute need for people who are skilled in these areas. They have titles such as marketers, salespeople, managers, accountants, and human resource employees. Many in this field work their way up the corporate ladder. Caveat: Each type of business has its own culture, and if you are a nonconformist and cannot let go of the hiking boots, dashikis, and dreadlocks, you may want to consider another field.
This field requires the ability to understand, analyze, and solve human problems. Psychologists help people handle the complexities of life. Industrial psychologists work in the business field. Child psychologists may work independently, through an agency, or for a school system. It takes more than a four-year-degree to expect full-time employment in this field. You should be willing to commit to earning a master’s degree or a Ph.D. in psychology. Caveat: If you do not have a truly sincere interest in helping others, do not pursue this field. If you freak out at the thought of a person having a mental “episode” while under your counseling, you may want to think about another field.
This field is perfect for people who love numbers. If you would love to work in a scientific research field, this major is good for you. A great research area is mathematical applications in medicine. Many mathematicians compile data for the Department of Defense, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Many mathematicians work in telecommunications, in computer technology, and in electronics design. Some even become actuaries or economists. Caveat: If you are extremely sociable, talkative, and love being in the company of others (you are commonly known as a people-person) you may want to consider another career.
Professionals with majors in chemistry are expected to understand chemicals and how they can be analyzed. They can expect to work in the fields of biotechnology, the pharmaceutical industry, and chemical manufacturing. Caveat: Before you choose this area as a major, expect to invest in a substantial amount of education. A Ph.D. is required if you want to land the higher-paying research and development jobs in this industry.
The advantage of majoring in accounting is that it puts you in the position to become an entrepreneur. You can sit for the CPA exam and become a certified public accountant, or sit for the CIA exam and become a certified internal auditor, or sit for the CMA exam and become a certified management accountant and have your own practice. You can specialize in taxes or auditing. You may also choose employment with any of a wide variety of corporations. Caveat: If crunching numbers is too tedious for you, choose another major.
Many people have been hesitant to choose a career in this field because the starting salaries were traditionally low. This is no longer the case. Average starting salaries for first-year teachers with a four-year-degree is comparable to average starting salaries for business majors. You can choose an area as a specialty and enjoy a very short work year. Teachers work approximately eight and a half to nine months a year. Caveat: If you can’t stand being disrespected by kids, look for a new profession. (Take it from me personally. I have over fifteen years of experience in this field).
This is a high profile, high-salary field. Unfortunately, it is also a high-liability insurance-policy field that doctors must carry. Doctors can specialize in cardiology, pediatrics, dermatology, neurology, and so on. There are a plethora of areas of specialization. Caveat: If you are concerned about pursuing a minimum of ten solid years of higher education, look for another major.
A legal profession can lead to a career in business management, real estate, the government, public policy, and entrepreneurship. The potentials and the money are two of the major reasons people choose law as a career. Lawyers spend time in the courtroom negotiating contracts, arguing cases, handling tax matters, researching patents, in addition to a medley of other duties. You can expect to spend long hours doing research, which is also what you can expect while pursuing your degree. Caveat: If a seventy-five- to eighty-hour workweek sounds absurd, look for another profession.