While some careers require a specific undergraduate major, many do not. Nursing and engineering are examples of careers which require a specific undergraduate major. Other majors can significantly increase your likelihood of entering a career field. Journalism, social work, and accounting are examples of such degrees. Meanwhile, a degree in Liberal Arts might take you in several directions. A College Placement Council study found that many college graduates are successfully employed in fields not directly related to their academic major.
You can begin exploring the connection between majors and careers right here. Find a general description of the major, careers, career options, typical employers, and salary and employment outlook information at Careers Related to CSULB Degrees .
If you know what you'd like to study, but aren't sure what careers a given major will prepare you for, check out What can I do with this major?
With this information, you may be ready to declare your major. Or, you may want to make an appointment for Career Counseling for guidance through decision PROCESS by a professional counselor.
The following steps provide a systematic process for clarifying career goals and deciding on a major or a career. Following these steps can help you identify a major you'd like to study or occupations in which there is a high probability for success and satisfaction. You move through the process when you are ready to do so, and you may move back and forth between steps at any given time.
The PROCESS involves:
Consider using the following CDC services for Step 1:
Individual career counseling and vocational assessments, Choices computer career guidance program (Assessments: Learn About Yourself section), EUREKA computer guidance program (MicroSkills or Occ-U-Sort section).
The following CDC services will help you with STEP 2:
Explore Choices (Occupations with Post-Secondary Schools section) and Eureka (Occupations section), visit CDC Career Resource Library, attend job fairs, obtain a Major/Career Profile from CDC, research internships (paid or unpaid).
The following services can be of assistance in Step 3:
Schedule an appointment with a career counselor, visit the CDC Career Resource Library, and/or consult with department academic advisor.
Use the following CDC services and resources: Step 4:
Visit CDC Career Resource Library and Internship Program Office, attend CDC sponsored job fairs, conduct informational interviews, meet with a career counselor, use the computerized guidance programs: Eureka, Choices, and/or Bridges.