I am a junior in high school, and I am starting to narrow down my college and career searches. I am thinking about going into medicine or pharmacy or becoming a nurse anesthetist. I was wondering, what is the average salary a person would receive straight out of college in these fields? I understand that money is not everything, but this would be helpful info. These are all studies that I am very interested in. Also, can you tell me what colleges in Ohio and Pennsylvania would be best for me for the fields in which I’m interested?
Your question is a tough one because each one of your career choices requires you to do graduate work in order to become certified to practice. To become a nurse anesthetist, you’ll need to do some post-graduate work, just as you’ll need to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy to become a pharmacist. To become a doctor, you’ll need to attend medical school, which could take as long as eight years.
I don’t have specific statistics for the salaries of recent graduates in these fields, partly because a college education isn’t sufficient to become a doctor or nurse anesthetist. Of the professions you mention, you’ll probably make the most money as a doctor, depending on the type of medicine you practice and where you practice. However, you’ll have to account for the fact that you won’t start making money for several years. In fact, you’ll need to find a way to pay for medical school. If you have to take out loans, it may be a few years before you’re finished paying them back.
Nurse anesthetists make an annual base salary of $90,000-$115,000.
The average annual salary for a pharmacist is about $90,000-$100,000. However, like all of the other jobs, this varies depending on the company you work for and the location of your company.
There are dozens of schools in Ohio and Pennsylvania with good programs in the areas you’re interested in.
Ultimately, of course, you should pick the career that you think you’ll enjoy the most. You have plenty of time for that!
I am currently a sophomore in high school. I would like to study either civil engineering or meteorology. What are some of the best schools to attend in the tri-state area of Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia for each major? Also, what are a few good jobs you could get with each major? Thanks.
I’m a sophomore in high school, and I’m highly interested in early childhood education. I love to work with kids, which I do in the summers. I’m worried about the tough economic times that the salary wouldn’t be enough to survive comfortably. However, I’m very reluctant to stray from this area of interest. Should I be worried?
This is a good question to address right now, with our economy struggling in the U.S. It is true that teachers don’t usually make a ton of money. There are other professions that aren’t among the highest-paid as well. If you are on a career path to one of these, you may have concerns about your future. Should you be worried?
First, let me say that many, many people in this country live on teachers’ salaries or salaries that are in a similar range. You have to learn to live within your means, follow a budget, and possibly live in an area where the cost of living is low. Yes, you can “survive.” The question comes when you talk about “surviving comfortably.” To you, if this means eating out several times a week, driving brand new cars, and taking big trips, then you need to reconsider your profession. If you want to live a certain lifestyle, and you are not willing to budge on that lifestyle, then your career choices need to assure that you will make enough money to support yourself.
But, if you really believe that you are good at working with children and feel led that way, I certainly hope you will follow that path. Good teachers are so difficult to find, yet so necessary. Or if you are following another career path that is not among the highest paid, and you really, really love what you are going to do, I hope that you are able to continue that path and learn to live within your means.
If you are able to finish college with very little or no debt, you give yourself a huge head start. Try to find financial aid, scholarships, and other programs that will help finance your education. You can also look into work-study programs that offer great on-campus jobs for students. Once you graduate and get a job, consider taking courses toward a graduate degree while you are working. Typically, the more education you have, the better your salary will be.
So what can you do right now? As I said before, do everything you can to finance your education with scholarships, grants, and college savings. Learn to live on a budget right now. Ask your parents to help you set up your own finances on a limited basis, and take a financial class for students. Create good money habits now, and you will not need to worry so much about the future.
I am a sophomore in high school and get straight As in honors classes. I am interested in becoming a child psychologist. I want to know good schools for that. I would love to go to Vanderbilt, but I feel that might be a little out of my reach. Also, how much do psychologists and psychiatrists normally make? Money isn’t everything, but if our economy continues the way it’s going, I’m definitely going to need a job that pays off. I’m willing to look at colleges all over the U.S. if that helps. Thanks so much!
The first thing you can do is to get yourself a copy (or flip through one at your nearest Barnes and Noble) of the new edition of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges 2010. This magazine is a pretty authoritative national guide for the top-ranked schools of each field. It will have a list of the top programs for psychology.
If you already know you want to focus on child psychology, then you might want to check out the rankings of graduate programs in child psychology (U.S. News and World Report also publishes an annual edition of best graduate programs). If you can get into an undergraduate college that you know has a great graduate program, then that will be valuable for you since it’s possible to do some networking and work up some advantages to help you be accepted to a program within the same school. (For example, you’ll be able to connect with child psychology professors that could help you along the way.) But that doesn’t mean you can’t transfer to a good graduate program from a different undergraduate school, either.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to get into one of the best-ranked schools to be a success in your program of study. There are plenty of schools out there that have credible, solid psychology programs. When it comes to colleges and career choices, the U.S. News doesn’t always have all the answers.
Lastly, I would suggest you check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook www.bls.gov/oco for statistics on the job outlook and salary ranges of psychologists and psychiatrists. The Handbook also gives a lot of great basic information about the nature of these positions, the pertinent work environments, and other good things to know before you pursue this specific career.
Hope this gives you a good start. Best wishes to you.
I have an idea of what type of career I’d like to be doing, however, I don’t know what major I would study in college in order to have that career. So the type of career I’m thinking of involves taking fixer-upper buildings and turning them into what I believe they should be, such as fixing up places into houses or actual commercial properties.
Thanks so much for your question! The kind of program you are talking about is known as Building Restoration, Building Preservation, or Historic Preservation. There are several technical and specialized college programs around the country that would help you toward this goal.
Or, check out this catchall site that lists other preservation degree programs around the country.
Good luck to you!
I am a sophomore in high school, and I think that I would like to be a nurse. It would be a career where I could move to another city or state if needed, and I would have job security and good pay. I have enjoyed my science classes, especially life science. I am taking biology this year, and I look forward to learning about that. I am in honors classes, which are the highest my school offers for my grade, and I do very well in them. But how do I know if this career is for me? And what can I do to find the career that would be best suited for me and my personality?
Thanks for your question. I know there are a lot of people out there that are struggling with this same thing.
I think the first thing you could do right now is not to worry too much. It sounds like you’ve started to subscribe to the myth that there is one perfect career for you out there, and if you don’t find it, you’re sunk. Now, the truth is, there’s probably not only one thing out there for you as far as careers go. You may end up switching careers once, twice, or multiple times. Or maybe you will become a nurse and love it so much that you decide to stick with it for 30 or 40 years. We don’t know yet.
The point is, you have time to figure yourself out, and it sounds like you are doing just that. You are figuring out what you truly enjoy (science) and also thinking wisely and practically about the future (job security). You are in a great place right now.
Keep learning about nursing. Maybe start volunteering at your local hospital and see how you like the day-to-day aspects of working in a medical setting. Ask people around you what they see you are good at and what they see you love, whether it is nursing or not. Try other different things. You have a lot of time to figure out who you are.
Keep “pushing up” against different possibilities. That’s the point of the different classes and activities you’re involved in as a kid: they help you figure out what you love and what you’re good at. As you keep doing that, you will begin to narrow down what kinds of work truly inspire and motivate you. (And it might be nursing after all.)
One more fun idea is to take this personality quiz from Human Metrics–it could help you figure out more of what you’re like and what you enjoy doing. Or you could go up to your local library or bookstore and see what types of career help books they provide. You have lots of resources at your fingertips. Good luck!
I’m a junior in high school who wants to become a graphic designer, but I’m also afraid I won’t make a lot of money with it, so I’m considering becoming a computer engineer (getting my degree from the University of Houston, University of Texas, or Texas A&M) mostly because I think that I will have a more stable job in this field if this economic crisis continues. This decision makes me feel like I’m giving up my dream. I know that anything related to art can be a miss or a hit. I’m also considering getting a degree of graphics communications with a minor in computer engineering technologies or a minor in political science at the University of Houston. What kinds of career opportunities can that give me? And I might be able to get into Texas A&M for a bachelor of science in visualization, although I hate the 3-D animation aspect. But the distance of the location makes me very nervous because I don’t know if I can really be an independent person, and I’m worried about how I’m going to get a job in a place or a college station, where I don’t know anyone. I have been starting to get worried because I feel like I have so little time to make my career choice. I’m taking my SATs in March and worrying about getting a low score in the math section. It’s making me very anxious. I don’t want to lead a life where I see myself hating my job.
Instead of speaking to every point of your question, I’m going to focus on one thing you said: “I have been starting to get worried because I feel like I have so little time to make my career choice.” I’m going to disagree with you. Yes, you have to choose a college major in the next few years, but you may change it (lots of students do), and it might take you a while (even years!) to figure out exactly which avenue you want to pursue. Or you might pursue something for a while and then switch to something else later. Guess what? That’s completely okay.
You’re going to change some when you go to college. Chances are your interests and what you value most might be somewhat reshaped too. You may find that you value job stability, or you may find that you really want to pursue something you love and take a pay hit for a while (but you may not have to take a pay hit either, it’s hard to say!).
Now, you sound like a thoughtful, disciplined, and organized person. Clearly you have spent time researching and pondering the pros and cons of your options. That’s really great, and I am glad you are so thoughtful. But I want to submit one main thought to you: No matter what, you don’t know exactly what is going to happen. And that’s okay. You don’t have to!
So what should you do? Move ahead, keep working hard, press into some different things, and don’t worry quite so much. As reassuring as it might feel it would be to be able to know exactly how to proceed, you cannot plan your life to the point where everything is perfect. You simply can’t. So why not see the next few years as an adventure to step into with courage and joy, rather than a fearful contest where you have to choose the exact right door to a walkthrough?
I hope this encourages you–you sound very talented and versatile to me, and so I don’t want you to feel too anxious about the future. I’m guessing that you will eventually find your way, and I wish you full enjoyment of the process.
I am fresh out of high school with a 3.0 GPA and have always wanted to be an online proofreader, but it’s extremely hard to find anyone legit to talk to about it. Every admissions counselor I’ve talked to has given me generalized answers because they don’t know what classes I need and are too embarrassed to admit it, so we constantly circle the issue and they try to get me into some completely different program that is of no interest to me. PLEASE, if there are any solutions, please let me know. I’ve mostly come to the conclusion that I need a bachelor’s, followed by master’s, in English Literature and to hope for the best: I’m not willing to throw away that much money on a prayer! Thanks for your time!
I know what you mean, there’s definitely a huge need for online grammatical correctness, isn’t there? The truth is, online proofreading is still a new kind of work–usually related to print editing, or graphic design, or web development…or web editing…or just being the random intern at a company who is pegged to find all the errors on the company website!
Typically, there’s not an official program of study that can lead you right to online proofreading. And the Internet is full of scams for would-be proofreaders, so proceed with caution.
One likely option that I will provide for you is that you could certainly go ahead and study English, which is usually thought to be most closely linked with proofreading and editing. (You could also study linguistics, which is packed with grammatical training.) But really, what you need to do most is to gather work experience. Offer to proofread the online portfolios of your art student friends. If you get an internship somewhere, volunteer to proofread the website.
Proofread print work for people, too. If your school has a writing center, volunteer or get a job there–workers at the writing center do proofreading all the time. Some professors even love help with keeping their websites up-to-date and correct, so that may be an option. Get copies of the AP Stylebook, the Chicago Manual of Style, and maybe one or two other style manuals. Read up on your grammar!
If you end up working at a non-editing-related job for a while, do the same thing: offer your stellar proofreading services as a way of adding value to the organization. Every company and organization needs to present itself in a grammatically correct, precise way. So the work experience you could potentially collect is encouraging.
I again urge you to be careful when trolling the Internet for online proofreading sources and online proofreading work. There are some valid freelance options out there, but there are also a lot of scams. Some sites may suggest you need an online certification, but that’s not always the case. You can certainly research that option. And I wouldn’t say that you necessarily need a master’s degree in English in order to be a proofreader, although you may choose to gain one.
For the moment, the best route would be to collect a bunch of work experience that can get you to where you want to be, as I explained above. Maybe some of the kinks in this new field will iron themselves out in the meantime as you keep researching and looking forward. Be careful, be savvy, take the initiative…and that way, you will be able to make your college experience work for you, not the other way around. Enjoy the ride!
I am a sophomore in high school, and I am all over the place on what I want to do as a career. Do you have any suggestions on how to narrow it down?
Sure. Here’s just one suggestion: Go to your high school adviser and ask to take a career test. Most career tests are meant to help you figure out 1) what your interests are, 2) what your skills are, 3) what kind of work environments you like. Putting all those things together helps you to narrow down your college major choices…and helps you figure out what you really value.
My daughter is a junior in high school. She says that she would like to be a forensic anthropologist. Which colleges offer this specialized subject as a major? What are the chances she’ll find a job in this area after college? What salary could she expect to earn?
Those are great questions to pose to your daughter! If she wants to consider that career, she could surf the web and find out a few key facts about the field. After all, research and critical thinking skills are going to be necessary for her to successfully complete college and become a forensic anthropologist. The BLS.gov website will allow her to search for any job or career field and find salary data, key duties, and job growth projections. She can also search the websites of her local universities and colleges to see what kinds of programs are offered in anthropology. In fact, just Googling “forensic anthropology” brings up several results for university programs. Just with one click, I see that the University of North Carolina at Wilmington has a program, as does UT Knoxville. If you put the task of researching into her hands, she’ll learn more and start her own steps toward her education. Good luck!
I will be a senior in high school this fall, and I finally came to the realization that I want to major in the medical field and become a physician or a pediatrician. However, I’m slightly confused about the process that helps me become one. What do I have to do once I get into college? And, approximately how many years will it take?
To become a physician or an M.D., you’ll need a four-year college degree first. Most students who aim for medical school major in pre-medical programs, biology, chemistry, or other sciences that provide the core foundations necessary for medical study. Next, you’ll apply to medical school, which can take an average of six years to complete with a residency included. Medical school is a commitment, so your four-year college experience should show you whether or not you’re really passionate enough about career choices in health sciences. For more information, take a look at a few websites of medical schools in your area. There, you’ll find the requirements for admissions. Many students participate in internships during college to help them prepare for medical school. Congratulations on this goal! It will be a challenge, for certain, but it will be a rewarding one if you’re truly passionate about the field. Good luck!
I am a junior and I can’t figure out what major I would go into because I want to be a fiction writer. Is it better to just major in English or to have a different major and minor in English? Many people are telling me to go for it, but I want something to fall back on.
A fiction writer doesn’t necessarily need a college degree, much less a particular one. But, a fiction writer does need to be well-read, and studying English will help you develop a working knowledge of literature and the craft of writing. Some schools offer creative writing majors and minors, and these are great for learning to write, revise, and critique the stories of others. If you research popular authors, you’ll find that some have formal degrees in English or creative writing, and others come from other fields such as law, criminal justice, and even medicine. If you’re worried about having something to fall back on, you could consider a double major. Know that most writers work for years before they become successful enough to write full time without a secondary source of income. This means that a “fallback” plan is helpful, because you may need to work other jobs on the side as you build a career as a fiction writer. Certainly, go for your dream, but know that it’s a hard industry, and it’s good to build a wide array of skills so that you can support yourself as you move forward!
I would like to major in finance, but I am not sure if it is a field in which I will make money in the future. What should I do?
No field is guaranteed to make you money, unfortunately. Only hard work and smart planning will ensure a successful career. The field of finance is so wide, that you’ll find many different career paths that stem from this major. Instead of thinking about making money, think about what you’d really like to do as a lifelong career. Does it involve accounting, or business planning, or investment consulting? Do you want to open your own business or work for a major bank as an analyst? The list goes on, and these are only a few paths to take from finance. Narrow down what you believe you’d like to do, and then search for programs that lead to those careers. Also, make sure you understand the requirements for each career type. A CPA, for example, will have to take the CPA exam after completing a college degree. A financial consultant for small businesses, however, might benefit from an MBA program after the bachelor’s degree is finished. The more research you conduct, the higher your chance of success. Good luck!
I am not sure what exactly to do after high school. I am certainly interested in working with teenagers, but I’m not sure what field I want to enter. I’m also not sure if I should jump into college or wait. Do you have any advice?
It sounds like you’re off to a good start if you’re already thinking about potential careers. It may also help you to come up with a list of careers you know you don’t want, just to begin narrowing the field. It’s okay to be unsure about the future when you enter college, but there are more options available than just diving right into a four-year degree. You could start at a community college and take your core classes while you explore a bit more. Some students even decide to work part-time or take an internship while completing their core coursework before deciding on a major. Or, as you mentioned, you could jump into college and see what sparks your interest once you start. When you begin to research colleges, find out what programs are available and how a student goes about entering a major. You’ll find that some schools actually require you to “apply” for a certain major when you send in your application. Others allow you to stay undecided for a while. As a final note, ask lots of questions to adults who work with teenagers in a variety of fields. As a high school teacher what a typical day is like at work, or find a counselor or sports coach and see if they’ll talk to you a bit about the career. The only way to find out more is to ask lots of questions and observe! Good luck with your applications!
I love fashion and cooking. Those are my passions but have decided to pursue human resources as my career and major. How can I pursue cooking and fashion as possible part-time jobs?
Your best resources are the professionals who work in these fields. They can describe how they cook and pursue fashion while working other full-time jobs. Seek out chefs, food writers, fashion writers, stylists, and other professionals that you can ask about this issue! It’s great that you’ve isolated the main goal for your career. You can always have hobbies on the side, and sometimes even earn income. You may find, though, that most professionals in the food and fashion industries work full time. Both are tough industries that bring about a lot of competition. However, many style consultants and clothing line sellers hold different full-time jobs. If you can find someone in your area to meet personally, you will get a sense of what it takes to work part-time in these fields. Good luck!
What are all the career choices for art degrees and what do you do with those degrees? Also, what art degree would be best to do art in sports (i.e. design uniforms, stadiums)?
Hi there! Very wise of you to try to figure out your “end game” before you begin pursuing a career.
Art is actually a great skill and opens up the doors to many career options, from designing uniforms to logos to packaging to advertisements or editorial magazines.
Designing uniforms would probably entail more of a fashion degree, working with textiles and materials, and designing stadiums would likely require more of an engineering or architecture focus but each of them likely have an art component as well.
The best way to figure out what degrees are offered and how they translate into real-world careers is to do some research. Browse the online catalog of schools that you are considering to see what degrees they offer — from fine arts and art history to graphic design — to see which ones best suit your skills and interests.
It also would be wise to talk to people in the professions that you are considering to find out the path they took. It’s fascinating to hear the different journeys people take on their careers and you might find out a course of study that you hadn’t considered.
One way to do this is to sleuth out some people on LinkedIn, where you can read their entire career and educational history. That gives you insight into people’s paths, even if you don’t get a chance to meet them. But you might want to reach out to a sports team or company near you to see if you could have an informational interview to find out more about how they landed there — and make a great contact in the process The career placement department of a local college would be a great place to get information as well.
Good luck with your endeavors!
I graduated back in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology but I am having no luck finding a job in my field of study. So I was thinking about going back to school to get a second bachelor’s degree in Geology to go along with my Anthropology degree in hopes that would help me get a job. The only thing is that I owe the federal government a lot of money for financial aid for my first bachelor’s degree, so I can’t get any more undergraduate financial aid. So I am stumped as to how I would go about getting the money to go back to school for my second bachelor’s degree. I would be most grateful for any help you can give me.
If you already owe a large debt for a prior student loan, taking out another one to attend school is not a wise idea. It may be a good time to do some career research and isolate what you’d like to do long-term. It is normal to have difficulty finding the exact job or career you want straight out of college, but that doesn’t mean you need to go back and start over. For example, if you’d like to become an anthropologist that studies in a research facility or at a university, you’ll probably need more than just a bachelor’s degree. Perhaps research graduate programs that offer masters level or doctoral programs in anthropology. Many will offer funding and tuition remission in exchange for teaching and research, so additional loans may not even be necessary. You could also open up your job search to positions outside of the field of anthropology, and tack on additional skills and experience such as business, sales, or marketing through on-the-job learning. Returning for another bachelor’s degree is not your only option, and it sounds like it may not be a good option considering the loans you already owe. A few years of working might help you pay off those loans and get your feet on the ground. Good luck!
I am a junior in college and I don’t know what to major in. I graduated in the fall with an AA degree and I transferred to a 4-year college. In my last year of community college, I took 3 chemistry courses and I passed them with As. So I figured I’ll major in chemistry, but I’m not passionate about it. I want to be a nurse anesthetist but I am worried I won’t get a job right after graduation with a BSN degree and most importantly gain experience in the ICU, I heard it’s hard to get into an ICU program. Most importantly I don’t see myself working as a nurse, but I love needles, blood and I find it exciting to know I can help others fall asleep for surgery. I studied to be a medical assistant so I know the feeling. So, with that being said I thought about being a dentist. I loved the satisfaction my dentist gave me when he pulled my wisdom tooth out. I wish I can help others and satisfy them the way my dentist did, but I’m worried I won’t get accepted into dental school. I also have to be realistic. I have a 7-year-old and I really don’t have help from anyone and I really need to hurry through school to support my son. So I guess I am in between nursing or dentistry.
Congratulations on all your hard work. Both of those are really great options and it sounds like you have done some homework to figure out what might be a great fit for you. Sounds like you have narrowed it down to nurse and dentistry. Only you know the one that will be right for you but here are some ways to help you choose:
— Since time and tuition are a factor, which one is the most doable, given your current resources?
— Have you looked into what it takes to get into dental school, i..e you indicate you might not get in but is that based on anything concrete? Can you boost your chances of getting in from here on out?
— Is it worth trying to get in, knowing that nursing would be a fulfilling back-up option?
— Which one has courses that interest you most?
— Have you shadowed people in both professions, which one appeals to you more? (seems you’re leaning toward dentistry, but nursing has many routes, have you looked into others that might be more appealing?)
— Which one has more future options, i.e. with nursing you may be able to have more flexibility (but maybe not?)
— Which one has more career options in your area? Have you talked to practicing professionals to find out?
— Are there ways to combine them, i.e. do some dentistry procedures use nurses?
Bottom line is that either one sounds like it would provide a fulfilling and lucrative living for your interests. The key is deciding which path to take. Often once you choose a path, it becomes the right one. The decision making can be the hardest part.
I wish you great luck in your endeavors!
I am a sophomore in high school. I have been looking around for a career for me in the future, and I have noticed that a certified registered nurse of anesthetics (CRNA) sounds like a fit for me. I will graduator high school with a GPA of 3.7 and an ACT of hopefully a 28. I was wondering if being a CRNA would be a good smart career choice? Also, I have been doing research and I have noticed that getting into a CRNA school is very difficult. So I was trying to get into Wisconsin Madison which is ranked highly in the country for a nursing major, and I feel like that will help me learn a lot about nursing so I can get into a CRNA school. A school in Minnesota is preferred. Sorry for the super long paragraph, but I just need to get this stuff straight before I graduate from high school. Thanks three tons if you answer this question. Actually make it a fourth ton of thanks.
Ah. I love a ton of thanks! 🙂
Great GPA, congratulations on your hard work! It is a competitive field, no doubt, but if it’s where your heart lies it would likely be a great fit! The best way to evaluate if it is the career for you is to talk to some professionals in the field who can also talk about their career path. You still have some time to figure out what is best for you, perhaps see if you can intern or volunteer in a health care facility to make sure the career is of interest, and also to bolster your application. Your counselor can help you determine which school might be best for your career path, as well.
The best thing you can do is keep working hard, keep an open mind about schools and careers, and focus on finding the right fit for YOU!
I’ve been passionate about sports my whole life although my smaller stature has kept me from playing at the competitive level that I would like. I don’t plan to play in college but nevertheless I’m knowledgeable about a wide range of sports, as well have exceptional math abilities. What college majors or career choices do you suggest that combine both my passions? Also, how do I find out what colleges offer the programs you suggest?
Hi there, thanks for getting in touch. That is such a common issue. What’s important to remember is that a tiny fraction of the athletic world is actually athletes. The majority of the industry revolves around support: sportswriters, sports lawyers, clothing designers, agents, managers, accountants, sales of all types from tickets to sponsorships to equipment — there is a sports-related job in virtually every industry that allows you to live out your sports passion without playing. If you are interested in math, consider an accounting degree or economics degree and then eventually you could work for a sports franchise, equipment or clothing manufacturer or other sports-related company. Many business schools have sports management or marketing programs that would perfectly combine your interests. Just do a search for colleges that offer those programs to start finding the right school for you. The great thing about the sports industry is that it is huge, and encompasses virtually every job function you can conceive of, making it a great way to combine your passion for sports with your academic interests. Good luck with your career path!
I’m trying to decide my college major going into my freshman year. I’ve always had an interest in foreign languages in high school, but I never pursued it past the third year. I feel like if I tried studying languages in college that I would be very interested and could withstand the course-load/etc. But I’m a little nervous about it because I’m 19, and it’s honestly just harder for new languages to register the older you get. However, I researched job offers/demands and some foreign languages I studied in the past (e.g. Korean/Italian) are high in demand. So maybe it’s a good idea?
It is very wise to be thinking so critically about choosing a major, as college is expensive and you want it to pay off in the long term. The best step for you — and anyone considering declaring their major — is to do more research on job opportunities that are available. If you major in a language, does that qualify for the job types that interest you or is it more an indicator that you could teach that language? Would studying business or communication (just two examples) in conjunction with a foreign language improve your marketability? Remember that many freshmen don’t know where they want to end up, so now is the time to ask questions of your advisor, meet with professors and professionals and find out more about your many career options and what course of study might be best. As far as your age and learning, yes, of course, there are studies that indicate it’s easier to pick up a foreign language at a young age. However, unless your home was bilingual or you were in an immersion situation, it’s not common for most people to master a language at younger ages. Your interest, desire, and motivation are what will help you succeed in this or any other course of study you decide to pursue. Good luck with whatever you decide. College is the time to explore a variety of paths and I wish you luck on your journey!
I am currently a freshman in a community college, but I am still having a little bit of trouble deciding what I want to do. I plan on transferring to a university later on. I like Spanish and also I like to help out people. Would sociology be a good major with a minor in Spanish?
Hi there! You are smart to start thinking about your track early in your college career, to ensure that you take the right classes and maximize your time in school. And this goes for everyone, no matter what major they are considering.
The best way to assess whether a major might be right for you is to find out the kinds of jobs that people land with that major. Your career center will be able to help you. If possible, see if you can shadow a professional to see what a day in the life is really like. And talk to as many people as you can about their career tracks and how they got there, and the aspects of their profession that they like ad don’t like.
That said, for you, this sounds like a smart path. In today’s diverse world, a second language will always be an asset But “helping people” could mean that you are helping them buy a house as a realtor, teach them as a teacher, or counsel them as a therapist. You don’t really know what job paths are open to you via a certain major until you do some research — smart advice for any college student, no matter what career profession they are considering.
I am a student who yearns greatly to be involved in the art field, but my strengths are in realistic drawing using color pencils and other mediums. The medium I am not strong with is painting, which is what most careers require. What career can I go for that will help pay my bills in life?
So you don’t want to be a starving artist? There are actually many creative careers that don’t make you choose between making a living and finding a professional role where your creativity will be valued.
For example, if you have an eye for design and communicate ideas through visual art, you could find a job as an art director in movie production, publishing or advertising. If you think about the visual aesthetics of products, you could become an industrial designer. If you love to help people, you could study art therapy. You just have to find your niche.
The best way to figure out what to study and how that major translates into a career is to browse the online catalog of the schools that you’re interested in attending. Do they offer a bachelor’s degree in graphic design? Fine arts or studio arts? Animation or computer graphics? Look at the programs, and see which best suits your skills and interests.
Another way to investigate careers that would use your strengths is to find people who are doing what you would like to do one day. Ask them about what steps they took to get to where they are today. Their answers might surprise you.
With a little digging — and dedication to following your passion — you can find a creative career that will allow you to earn a living.