Tips for Exploring Careers

Career exploration is a very important step to help you determine your future goals.  Choose a career goal that will help you focus on what you want to do for a living. It can be a specific job you want to do – such as doctor or teacher – or be a particular field you want to work in, such as medicine or education.

  • Select a college. When you identify your career goal, it will be much easier to choose a college or university that will provide you with the appropriate education. Go to our "College Search" section on this website for further assistance.

And the number one tip for career planning is to get an internship, either paid or unpaid. Getting a summer internship before you enter college will give you the opportunity to try your intended career to make sure you have made the right choice. It is also very beneficial while in college since in today's economy graduates that have experience through an internship have a better chance at getting a job.

Therefore, once you have narrowed down your career choices, you will be able to plan accordingly by taking the right courses in high school, getting an internship, and choosing the college major that will help you reach your goal.  Below is a list of careers, college majors, and the jobs that fall under the different categories.

 

Careers in the Arts:

The Visual Arts (Art, Art History, Photography, Film Studies)
Humanities
Design (Digital, Graphic, Fashion, Interior, Architecture)
English, Journalism, and Communications Studies 
Foreign Language 
Performing Arts (Theatre, Dance, or Music)

 

Careers in Business:

Accounting, Finance, and Economics
International Business 
Management, Entrepreneurship, and Hospitality 
Marketing, Advertising, Retailing, and Sales 
Real Estate

 

Careers in the Sciences:

Agriculture, Biology, and Life Sciences
Environmental Science 
Chemistry and Biochemistry 
Engineering
Geography, Geology, and Geophysics
Physics and Astronomy

 

Careers in Service to People:

Education (Teacher)
Health Services  (Nursing, Nutrition, or Dietary Science)
Exercise Science and Recreation & Leisure Studies
Pre-Med and Pre-Pharmacy (Your degree may actually be in biology, chemistry, biochemistry or any major as long as you complete the core science requirements.)

 

Careers in the Social Sciences:

History and Political Science
Math and Computer Science
Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology
Criminology and Pre-Law