The Most Popular College Majors and How To Choose The Right One For You!

Choosing a college major can be a daunting task. It is difficult to decide exactly what you want to be when you are eighteen years old but there are things you can do to help yourself make the right decision. First, you can take an online personality quiz to find out what majors will fit best with your likes, dislikes and goals. One such quiz can be found at:

Next, take a look at last years’ top majors and decide if any of them are of interest to you. Take this opportunity to not only look at the title of the major but what classes would be involved in order to receive a degree in this major. Would you excel in these classes? Would you enjoy these classes? Do you feel these classes would be useful in shaping you into a viable worker?

Also, take the time to research these majors even more by finding out what career paths would be available to you after obtaining your degree. Are you interested in these career paths? And most importantly, will more education be needed to reach your goal? If so, are you prepared for more schooling?

Here’s a list of 2009’s top majors:

  1. Business
  2. Social Sciences and History
  3. Education
  4. Psychology
  5. Nursing
  6. Communications
  7. Biology
  8. Engineering
  9. English
  10. Computer Science

It’s also a good idea to research job trends to find out which industries will have the most job openings — not only when you are about to graduate, but for at least the next 10-15 years. That way, you can more easily obtain an entry-level position and have a chance to establish yourself before there’s any falloff. According to most sources, computers and healthcare are vibrant industries with solid future prospects. Other careers with potential growth for 2010 and beyond are:

  1. Computer software engineers, applications
  2. Database administrators
  3. Medical assistants
  4. Physician assistants
  5. Desktop publishers
  6. Home health aides
  7. Computer systems analysts
  8. Physical therapist aides
  9. Computer and information systems managers
  10. Audiologists

This is not to say that computers and healthcare are the only majors worth studying. It is important to not only choose a major for the job potential but to also have passion for what you are studying. What are you passionate about? Some people are passionate about helping people or making a difference in the world. Some wish to bestow art upon the world. And some people find passion in just making a lot of money, regardless of the field. Regardless, your passion will never steer you wrong; it will guide you and keep you motivated all the way to graduation!

If you need more information on college majors or which colleges provide the best programs for the major you are interested in, contact a college planning advisor who can help guide you through the process.

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