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Choice of Major and Choice of Career

Trying to connect choice of major and choice of career?

For some majors, the connection between what you study and what you do for work (or at least where you'll start your career) is often relatively clear. Accounting majors generally work as accountants. Initially, nursing majors generally go on to work as nurses. Initially, education majors generally end up at the front of a classroom.

For other majors, the connection between what you study and what you eventually do for work is not as direct. Psychology majors may go into a helping profession, but they just as easily might land a position with an advertising firm. Philosophy majors may choose to be philosophers in the sense that they pursue a Ph.D. in philosophy or they may choose to apply their logic and analytic abilities to a career in law. In these cases, what you choose to do with your time outside the classroom (e.g., volunteer work, internships, summer jobs) may have greater impact on your career path than what you specifically choose to study at the undergraduate level.

This is good news! It frees you to make academic choices ​aligned with your intellectual interests. What subjects captivate you? Which professors inspire you to continue studying with them? No matter which major you ultimately select, you will develop communication, analytical, logic, critical thinking, interpersonal, and problem resolution skills that prospective employers and graduate admission committees seek.

We invite you to discuss your choice of major and its connection to career with one of our career counselors.

To schedule an appointment, stop by Roberts Hall 117 or call 401-456-8031.​

Check out these sites to expand your understanding of careers that have both direct and indirect connections to the major you may be considering. Check out Buzzfile, a comprehensive Employers by Major resource, to identify, research, and network with thousands of prospective employers, anywhere across the U.S.​​​​

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Rhode Island College - Employers by Major
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122,912
51,075
250,767
158,665
5,660
4,938
40,153
40,116
51,580
23,532
55,550
26,717
20,324
6,612
187,226
28,599
28,340
8,967
245,584
81,081
228,011
13,181
1,166,558
46,109
66,396
340,569
13,221
65,649
65,088
22,976
27,115
9,517
97,281
27,317
104,967
23,120
48,269
11,624
87,840
7,115
751,157
361,159
112,771
3,157
357,950
50,647
16,367
1,913
20,320

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Page last updated: May 31, 2018