How to choose a major


Step #2: Look at the Job Market

Learning to help others learn Your next step is to examine the projections that predict where the best career opportunities will be. The good news is that all demographic studies indicate a strong job market as the “babyboomers” start to retire. But it still pays to look ahead, and career lists may suggest job opportunities that you’ve never considered.

Industry analysts predict that the fastest growth will occur in the health care and computer industries. You may immediately think, “I don’t want to be a doctor or a computer programmer.” But these fields are large umbrellas that include hundreds of jobs, many of which you may never have heard of. For example, at Utica College you can major in economic crime investigation and learn to detect computer and accounting fraud, a rapidly-emerging field with outstanding opportunities.

Or perhaps under the health care umbrella you could consider nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, or therapeutic recreation, all hot careers for the future and all taught here at Utica College. The psychology-child life major prepares specialists to assist children and their families in coping with hospitalization — another health care field, but one you may not be familiar with. There are many other appealing careers that you probably haven’t yet encountered, and it pays to research various fields until you find one that suits your personal skills and seems to offer exactly what you want.

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