Career Testing/Advising

Careers and Majors

We do career mapping, interest/personality typing, and various forms of assessment to help students determine their best suited career options. We have studied various types of testing and give these tests as appropriate and requested to our students. However, we thought you might want some additional information.

What is a major?

The major you chose is the focus of your studies. For many people who know they want to study engineering, medicine, law, or business, they are set. However, for many other students, the decision is more difficult. Even with an engineering degree there are more than 20 types. For business, medicine, and law, there are a myriad of possible major choices.

Engineering:

There are many types of engineering majors offered: agricultural, aerospace, architectural, automotive, bio, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, construction, electrical, environmental, industrial, material science, mechanical, mining, metallurgical, nanotechnology, nuclear, petroleum, structural, systems, and engineering physics.

Medicine:

For medicine, any major works provided you have the required basic science and math classes and take the MCAT. According to the American Association of Medical Colleges (www.aamc.org) only 51 percent of students who enrolled in medical school in 2012 majored in one of the biological sciences. The graph of acceptances by major is shown here (www.savvypremed.com). Surprisingly, the data indicates that the two majors with the highest acceptance rates are humanities and mathematics. However, most applicants apply with majors in chemistry, biological sciences, and, psychology.

Law:

Like medicine, students can major in just about any field in order to get accepted to law school. Some of the majors might surprise you. This graph by the Law School Admissions Council shows that the highest LSAT average scores are earned by philosophy majors with economics, history, and English the next three. You decide, but law school requires considerable analytical reading, so any major that requires a ton of critical thinking and reading are good choices.

Business:

Business has become one of the most popular majors on campuses these days. It is a catch all for students who want to own, manage, or work in a business. Business majors have lots of degree requirements, so if you plan to change your major from another subject into business check the requirements ahead of time. Business majors at some schools require considerable math including statistics, finite math, calculus, and probability, though some students would say that accounting and finance are math courses too.
Business concentrations can include: advertising/marketing, accounting, analytics, economics, finance, leadership/management, operations research, real estate, retail supply chain, statistical modeling, strategic management, and technology.

Undecided:

Many students are absolutely undecided. Do not worry. You have a few years to decide. If you are writing an essay to be admitted to college, do not feel bad that you have not chosen your career and future ahead of time. Eighty percent of students change their majors in college. I did not change and remained a chemistry major, but I am now a college counselor, so that tells you where chemistry went a few years into my career in the chemical industry. There are pitfalls, though.
According to USA Today College (http://college.usatoday.com/2015/01/07/avoid-these-3-pitfalls-when-considering-switching-majors/) you should avoid these three pitfalls:
Pitfall 1. Not talking with your advisors
Pitfall 2. Not doing enough research
Pitfall 3. Not considering your credit hours

You can change your major, but once you head down the college road and pick up credits, you may find that changing majors requires a completely new set of courses which may require that you stay in college longer.