What to Study

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Choosing which degree to pursue is as varied as your interests. This is where your own interests and knowledge will help you narrow things down. You know what you like to do, and more often than not, the school you choose to go to will offer courses in that field. Lots of students enter college without a set major in mind. This allows them to explore options, and experience different fields they may not have thought of. Most colleges don’t make you choose a major until the end of your sophomore year, so you have some time to take the required courses while taking courses to find the one you love.

It is also important to note that you can change your major at any time; try to pick a college that may offer a few fields of study that might interest you. A college that offers you only your current major courses would mean a transfer for you if you change majors.

Students that are career minded and already know they want to get into design or engineering may opt to just take classes in those fields. Starting a major like either of these after your freshman year will just add a year or two to your college education. If you love a field, but don’t want to declare a major right away, it is fine to take just those classes. Think about your life and what you have enjoyed doing up to this very date. Do you love working with children or animals? Are you a problem solver who loves to help others? Do you love the outdoors? Do you enjoy electronic gadgets, or the media and anything related? There are so many options to choose from when think about what you like. Odds are in your favor that a college somewhere offers just what you want to study.

The final factor in deciding on a course of study is financial. Everyone wants to get a well paying job straight out of college. Reality says that jobs are hard to come by right now, though we can always hope things change for the better. Do some research to determine if your major will land you a job right away, or is that field saturated with recent graduates. With computer technology still exploding, Software Developers are in high demand, commanding the highest pay. Students with high math skills should steer themselves towards Market Research Analyst/Marketing Specialist, or towards Accounting. The top 10 occupations all have their hands in the computer industry in one way or another.

Although a lot of people insist that STEM graduates will never find a high paying job in the high tech industry, STEM graduates can use their abilities in a host of other occupations. What you earn after college depends a lot on what you studied, where you are, what is available and what you want to do. There is no guarantee that you will land your dream job, but going to college increases your chances of living a middle class life in the future.