Every year, there are several studies that monitor and capture the most popular college majors. Regardless of what these studies say, it is ALWAYS more important to choose a major that will interest you, in a field that will satisfy and fulfill your career goals. Having said that, if you are unsure what you would like to do and you want to know which majors others are choosing, consider the current top five choices:
Business – A business major does not have to be focused in a narrow niche like finance or operations, although you may find that one area attracts you more than others. You can focus in accounting, finance, marketing, human resources, strategy or any one of a number of other areas.
Psychology – If you want to major in Psychology, you are likely to have a more successful career if you go on for a graduate degree. Most people who choose this major will go on to become a clinical psychologist or a psychotherapist. If you want to get a Psy.D. or Ph.D., you can count on another five to ten years of education depending on whether you go to school full-time or part-time.
Education – Interestingly, there is a resurgence of focus on elementary education right now. While teachers may not be paid as much as a doctor or a lawyer, many young people seem to be focusing on education because they believe it is important. Depending on the state in which you live, certification and continuing education requirements will be different, though most school systems will give you a period of time in which you can complete your graduate degree and teach at the same time.
Biology – Study biology and prepare for a career in medical research, environmental and ecological study, biochemistry, pharmacology, veterinary medicine, genetics or other related fields. If you love science and are interested in the healing arts or in finding a solution to disease, pollution or other worldly problems, this is the major for you!
Nursing – Speaking of the healing arts, many students are turning to nursing. If you are interested in medicine, but you do not have the interest or stamina to invest more than a decade to become a doctor, you may want to explore nursing. Nurses can focus in specialties like trauma care, recovery, operating room nursing, intensive care and/or home care.
There are many other popular majors like Political Science, Computer Science, Communication, and believe it or not, good old ENGLISH! Consider your choices carefully and don’t be afraid to change if you are unhappy!