If you haven’t always had a dream career, choosing a major can be a tough decision. It is important that
you choose a major that interests you and offers career opportunities. When you are interested in your
studies you will perform better, be more likely to graduate on time, and find a career you enjoy.
5 Most Popular Degrees
According to Match College, the five most popular degrees awarded in 2014 were business
administration, liberal arts, nursing, psychology, and general studies. Other popular degrees include
education, communications, finance, marketing and computer science.
These five degrees may be that most popular because they cover a variety of topics and offer a very
broad range in career choices. While one of these five areas of study may be perfect for you, just
because they are popular doesn’t mean are the right fit.
Find the Right Fit
As you prepare to go to college think about your natural abilities and interests. Then do some research
and find out what career opportunities may exists for your particular interests. You may be surprised to
find careers that you have never heard of or considered before. After you have developed a few career
ideas, find out what qualifications and education they require and choose a major accordingly.
Consider Your Criteria
Some things to keep in mind as you choose a major are competitiveness of the job market, keeping in
mind how many jobs are available and how many people are pursuing those jobs; average salaries in the
field; and opportunity for advancement or professional growth.
It is also important to consider how much weight you want to give to each criteria. If you absolutely know
you want to be an educator, average salaries may not matter to you. Or, you may not love engineering,
but you are good at math and science and the availability of jobs and high starting salaries are very
Discovering Your Career Path
While business administration, liberal arts, nursing, psychology, and general studies are the top five
majors throughout the United States, a wide variety of academic programs are available. Take the time to
discover a field of study that you enjoy and will lead to a satisfying career path.
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