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Resources for Exploring Majors and Careers

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What Can I Do With This Major?

Use this tool to learn about some of the career options associated with specific majors.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Use this resource to find career descriptions, salaries, projected outlook for the next 10 years, and similar occupations to the one you are exploring


Find out what occupations are growing fast, have the most openings, and the largest employment by education level.  You can also explore occupation descriptions, salaries, and much more.  It’s worth your time to browse around this rich resource.

Explore Occupations by Job Title

Fastest Growing Occupations 

Occupations with the Most Total Openings

Occupations with the Largest Employment 

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Discover Your Interests, Personality Type, and Strengths

What Recent Grads Are Doing

“Discover what you can do with a potential major! Find where recent graduates are currently working or studying, their salaries, and their undergraduate experiences in internships, study abroad, work, etc.”



Why Some Of Us Don't Have One True Calling 

What do you want to be when you grow up? Well, if you're not sure you want to do just one thing for the rest of your life, you're not alone. In this illuminating talk, writer and artist Emilie Wapnick describes the kind of people she calls "multipotentialites" -- who have a range of interests and jobs over one lifetime. Are you one?  Watch this 13-minute Ted Talk to learn more!

The Happy Secret to Better Work

We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.

How To Find Work You Love

Scott Dinsmore quit a job that made him miserable, and spent the next four years wondering how to find work that was joyful and meaningful. He shares what he learned in this deceptively simple talk about finding out what matters to you — and then getting started doing it.

Candid Careers

Watch videos about specific majors and also careers.  This is a great way to explore your options!


The Element:   How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Ken Robinson

How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don't Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up by Emilie Wapnick

The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People With Too Many Passions To Pick Just One by Margaret Lobestine

Making a Living While Making a Difference by Melissa Everett