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Resources for Exploring Majors and Careers


To explore majors at UMD, go to the list (linked above) and click on a major you want to know more about.  You'll see a description, required classes to take, sample 4-year plans, etc.

How to See a Sample 4-year Plan:
When reviewing a major in the catalog, there is a “sample plan” in the right hand column.  Click on that and you can see a suggested plan for sequencing your courses semester-by-semester.  Keep in mind it is a sample and in areas where you may have electives, it has chosen courses to show as part of the sample plan.  You might choose different courses.


Click on this link to explore minors you may want have.

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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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 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