Choosing a major is a big step in your college journey. If you happen know what you want to major in, you don’t need to consider more than one (though it doesn’t hurt to explore). If you haven’t decided on a major yet, then it’s time to cast a wide net. The exact number will be different for everyone. Consider these approaches to explore different college majors.
Consider Your Preferred Subjects
By the time you’re a high school senior, you have a pretty good idea of your academic strengths and weaknesses. You know which subjects you excel in and which frustrate you. Use this awareness to eliminate majors that involve your weak subjects. If you enjoy solving math problems, STEM majors may be a potential field of study for you. On the other hand, if you have a strong entrepreneurial spirit, a Business major may be a better fit.
Make a list of majors use the process of elimination to keep narrowing down the list and zero in on the best-fit major for you.
Pick Your Dream Job and Work Backwards
This is another interesting approach that you can use to choose a major. What is your dream job? Do you see yourself working with caring for sick people or animals? Are you passionate about conducting research in a particular field? Does the thought of being a news anchor excite you? Spend some time thinking about your dream job and then choose a major that will help you make that dream come true.
Consider the Grad School Factor
Some fields require students to earn a master’s degree or higher, which means a few additional years of study. Overlooking this aspect can be a big mistake. For example, if you want to pursue medicine or law, a bachelor’s degree is just the beginning. You will need to spend many more years studying and interning before you can practice and start earning. If you balk at the thought of spending more than four years in college, you may need to reassess your career goals and your choice of major.
Look Into Employment & Earning Potential
While you don’t want to choose a major solely based on earning potential, it is an important factor to consider. You’ll likely have some debt by the time you graduate. Do some research into which majors can lead to careers in fast-growing industries. (Fun fact, average salary is another detail you can learn about in the Career Center). You’re sure to find something that is a good fit for you.
Choosing a major is a difficult but important decision. It takes time to find one that aligns with your passion and interests while also factoring in employability and earning potential. Speaking to your academic advisor and experienced professionals can give you valuable insights into your chosen field.