Exploring Careers for Your Major

Declaring a major is not the same as having a career direction.

Taking time to explore career options and specific details about careers thoroughly is crucial for successful career planning.

Key factors to consider in researching career options:

  • Nature of work/job responsibilities
  • Work environment
  • Education & training required
  • Salary ranges
  • Job trends & employment outlook
  • How does this information relate to your priorities?

To be effective in your research, you should consult with many different sources.  Refer to the Helpful Career Resources Links below to utilize valid and reliable career resources.

Students – Login to handshake via berea.joinhandshake.com using your Berea email and password. Click on the “Career Center – Resources” located on the menu at the top of your handshake profile page.

What can I do with this major? This resource gives a detailed overview on each major listed, including employment areas to specialize in, potential industries and types of employers to target, and strategies to take to be successful.  Check out the additional links for job listings, professional associations and career profiles.

  • Under Career Center Resources in Handshake, go to “What can I do with this major?”
  • Click on any major that you are interested in (PDF and HTML versions available)
  • Click on the LINKS for any major you are interested in (provides a list of website resources for each major)

Looking for more information about career options?  OOH provides a thorough profile of a wide variety of career fields.

  • Visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Use the key word search engine at the top right side of the OOH home page
  • Search by career field and learn about position descriptions, salary ranges, and employment outlook

O*NET contains information developed by job analysts using the O*NET skill-based structure. Data is collected directly from workers themselves, describing the work they do, the skills they need, and the knowledge they use on the job.

  • Go to O*Net Online or Find on the resources page in Handshake
  • Use the keyword search engine on the center-right side of the home page
  • Search by career field
  • Review detailed information on each career profile, including info on abilities, work activities, knowledge, skills, job zones, work context data, training and education required, and work experience required

CareerOneStop is a source for employment information and offers a variety of tools to help job seekers, students, businesses and career professionals to develop their capacity and make sound economic decisions in the new economy.

  • Go to CareerOneStop
  • Click on Explore Careers or use the keyword search engine in the top right corner of the home page
  • Review detailed information on each career profile; the best aspect of this site: typical wages listed by state.