A Major Decision

Amari Sewer, Staff Reporter

“We’re not going to have a shortage of sports marketing degrees. We’re gonna have a shortage of doctors and nurses,” presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar said at the Democratic Debate on Mar. 3, 2020. 

Many high school and college students have a hard time deciding what major they want to pursue. Sometimes, it takes switching majors a couple of times to find the perfect one. If you’re having trouble finding the major best for you, here are a couple of ways to help you decide your major.

Personal Interest

The biggest thing to take into consideration when choosing your major is your own personal interest. The field that you are considering should be something that you are either good at or enjoy doing. If you are good with numbers, maybe you should consider being an accountant or a statistician. For those who have an interest in animals and nature, try majoring in zoology or biology.

Occupational Values

Also, think about your personal occupational values. Your occupational values are things outside of the work content that you would take into consideration when thinking about the type of job you want. For example, you may want a career in which you can help others, make a lot of money, or a career where you get to move around instead of sitting at a desk.

Who’s Hiring

Another thing to look at are majors that give you plenty of job opportunities. It can be easier for some people to look for jobs in your selected field.

According to USA Today, there are a plethora of science-based and technological majors that have some of the lowest unemployment rates. Majors such as Biological Engineering, Nursing, Animal Sciences, and Genetics all have unemployment rates under 2%. These majors also have average salaries approaching the six figures. 

Education majors also show up on the list with unemployment rates under 2%, but their average salaries are lower than the science and technology majors. Nonetheless, they’re many opportunities for those planning to be teachers.

According to Career Outlooks, occupations such as lawyers, healthcare social workers, mental health counselors, and many more occupations that require a graduate degree are projected to  have over 10,000 job openings by 2026.

For Bachelor’s degrees, there are plenty of occupations that you can work in depending on your major. For those who are pursuing an information technology (IT) major, there’s expected to be over 75,000 job openings for software developing and over 25000 job openings for a computer systems analyst. PCH teacher Cassandra Maloney believes that having a major that can have multiple uses can make finding a job easier.

“It’s important to have a major that can be used in several areas. For example, if you have a general business major, it’s easier to transfer into other types of careers,” Maloney said.