What Should My Major Be?
I always thought the right major for an individual in college was the one that they'd enjoy the most- the one that they thought they'd have the most fun with. Going to a university where many people are either business/broadcasting majors, I have some worries. You should be thinking about your life in the long-run and not the here-and-now. Realistically.
What's the economic future of the country going to be like? What kind of salary do you want to make? What values are most important to you?
It's okay if you don't know right away
Your first year at university, especially if you have NO idea what you want to do, should be about exploring. If you're going to college because one of your values is having a good income (which I'm sure is for many of you), then picking a major isn't just about something you love. It's mostly about picking a major that's going to give you opportunities to get the job/type of salary you desire.
Is majoring in business a good idea?
For those of you who want to go into business, I have some concerns which I think you should consider- not so much to discourage you from majoring in business, but for something to think about, because I know that they're many college students who want to major in business. We need to think about the country and it's economy, because it's our generations and the ones to come who are going to lead it. There are so many issues that need solutions and fast (there is an energy crisis). Think about this: Does it make sense to have lots of people go into marketing products? So much so that there's more people marketing products than there are products being made? I really think the issue of not enough people producing and too many people selling, is going to eventually be a big one if there is nothing done differently.
What can I get out of it?
What are you going to be able to do with a History, English, Psychology major? Not every major is created equally, neither in it's difficulty nor in it's eventual pay off. If you want to major in something like History, you need to find a type of job that is going to give you the salary you want. You need to do research. If you aren't finding anything that suits you.. then maybe it's time to break-up with your major.
Every year payscale.com lists the highest paying salary majors: http://www.payscale.com/best-colleges/degrees.asp
Among the top for 2012 are the science and math majors. Among the lower are the non-science like majors. Take a look.
Top 10 Highest Paying Major
- Petroleum Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Aerospace Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Applied Mathematics
- Computer Science
- Nuclear Engineering
Top 10 Lowest Paying Majors
- Child and Family Studies
- Elementary Studies
- Social Work
- Culinary Arts
- Special Education
- Recreation and Leisure Studies
- Religious Studies
- Athletic Training
- Public Health
Notice a trend? Categorize for yourself what kind of majors are at the top, and are at the bottom. What fields do we need people in for the future?
Decide what you want out of your career
The ultimate goal is this: to pick a major that makes your future career feel like you haven't worked a day in your life. Pick a major that can give you a career- that can give you options, to obtain the quality of living you desire. Pick something, for those of you brave enough, that can help change the world. I truly believe (and am a little biased, here) that we need more people in science and math, because these are the people that are going to solve the problems. This world just has too many problems and not enough solutions.