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College Majors Handbook , Second Edition

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The most accurate and helpful information available for making decisions on a college major—or what to do with a degree you have.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Foreword
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Preface
    1. Organization of the Book
    2. Sources of Information
    3. Acknowledgments
  6. Part 1. What You Need to Know About the College Investment Decision, College Success, and Career Choice
    1. Chapter 1. What Pays Off in High School:
      1. Understanding the Investment Characteristics of the Education Decision and the Need for Parental Involvement in Decision Making
      2. Basic Skills and Economic Success
      3. Investing in Work Experience
      4. The Educational Attainment Decision
      5. Investing in Occupational Skills
      6. College Prices and College Finance
    2. Chapter 2. The Psychology of Career Choice:
      1. Knowing Yourself
        1. Abilities
        2. Self-Assessing Abilities
        3. Interests
        4. Values
      2. Collecting Information
      3. Organizing the Information
        1. Step 1: Setting Goals
        2. Step 2: Knowing What Is Most Important
        3. Step 3: Examining the Options
        4. Step 4: Assessing the Risks
        5. Step 5: Establishing a Plan
    3. Chapter 3. The Economics of Career Choice
      1. The Costs and Benefits of Investment in Higher Education
      2. Changes in the American Economic Environment
      3. Information Requirements of the College Investment Decision
      4. The Educational and Labor Market Experiences of College Graduates
        1. Graduate Study
        2. Labor Market Participation of College Graduates
      5. The Employment Experiences of College Graduates
      6. The Earnings of College Graduates
  7. Part 2. Behavioral and Medical Sciences
    1. Chapter 4. Audiology and Speech Pathology
      1. Where Do Audiology and Speech Pathology Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    2. Chapter 5. Criminal Justice and Criminology
      1. Where Do Criminal Justice Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    3. Chapter 6. Health and Medical Technology
      1. Where Do Health and Medical Technology Graduates Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    4. Chapter 7. Home Economics: Dietetics, Food, and Nutrition
      1. Where Do Home Economics Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    5. Chapter 8. Medical Preparatory Programs
      1. Where Do Medical Preparatory Program Graduates Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    6. Chapter 9. Nursing
      1. Where Do Nursing Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    7. Chapter 10. Parks, Recreation, Fitness, and Leisure Studies
      1. Where Do Parks, Recreation, Fitness, and Leisure Studies Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    8. Chapter 11. Pharmacy
      1. Where Do Pharmacy Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    9. Chapter 12. Physical Therapy
      1. Where Do Physical Therapy Graduates Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    10. Chapter 13. Psychology
      1. Where Do Psychology Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    11. Chapter 14. Social Work
      1. Where Do Social Work Graduates Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
  8. Part 3. Business and Administration
    1. Chapter 15. Accounting
      1. Where Do Accounting Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    2. Chapter 16. Applied Mathematics, Operations Research, and Statistics
      1. Where Do Applied Mathematics Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    3. Chapter 17. Economics
      1. Where Do Economics Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    4. Chapter 18. Financial Management
      1. Where Do Financial Management Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    5. Chapter 19. General Business
      1. Business Management/Administrative Services
      2. Where Do General Business Majors Work?
      3. Occupations
      4. Activities on the Job
      5. Salaries
      6. On-the-Job Training
      7. Post-Graduation Activities
      8. Employment Outlook
    6. Chapter 20. General Mathematics
      1. Where Do General Mathematics Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    7. Chapter 21. Marketing
      1. Where Do Marketing Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    8. Chapter 22. Public Administration
      1. Where Do Public Administration Graduates Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
  9. Part 4. Education
    1. Chapter 23. Elementary Teacher Education
      1. Where Do Elementary Teacher Education Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    2. Chapter 24. Mathematics and Science Teacher Education
      1. Where Do Mathematics and Science Teacher Education Graduates Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Learning
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    3. Chapter 25. Physical Education and Coaching
      1. Where Do Physical Education Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    4. Chapter 26. Secondary Teacher Education
      1. Where Do Secondary Teacher Education Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    5. Chapter 27. Special Education
      1. Where Do Special Education Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
  10. Part 5. Engineering
    1. Chapter 28. Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical Engineering
      1. Where Do Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical Engineering Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    2. Chapter 29. Architecture and Environmental Design
      1. Where Do Architecture Graduates Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    3. Chapter 30. Chemical Engineering
      1. Where Do Chemical Engineering Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    4. Chapter 31. Civil Engineering
      1. Where Do Civil Engineering Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    5. Chapter 32. Computer Systems Engineering
      1. Where Do Computer Systems Engineering Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    6. Chapter 33. Electrical and Electronics Engineering
      1. Where Do Electrical and Electronics Engineering Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    7. Chapter 34. Industrial Engineering
      1. Where Do Industrial Engineering Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    8. Chapter 35. Mechanical Engineering
      1. Where Do Mechanical Engineering Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
  11. Part 6. Humanities and Social Sciences
    1. Chapter 36. Anthropology and Archaeology
      1. Anthropology
      2. Archaeology
      3. Where Do Anthropology and Archaeology Graduates Work?
      4. Occupations
      5. Activities on the Job
      6. Salaries
      7. On-the-Job Training
      8. Post-Graduation Activities
      9. Employment Outlook
    2. Chapter 37. Communications
      1. Where Do Communications Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    3. Chapter 38. Dramatic Arts
      1. Where Do Dramatic Arts Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    4. Chapter 39. English Language, Literature, and Letters
      1. Writers and Editors
      2. Where Do English Majors Work?
      3. Occupations
      4. Activities on the Job
      5. Salaries
      6. On-the-Job Training
      7. Post-Graduation Activities
      8. Employment Outlook
    5. Chapter 40. Foreign Languages and Literature
      1. Where Do Foreign Languages and Literature Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    6. Chapter 41. Geography
      1. Where Do Geography Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    7. Chapter 42. History
      1. Where Do History Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    8. Chapter 43. Journalism
      1. Where Do Journalism Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    9. Chapter 44. Legal Studies and Pre-Law
      1. Where Do Legal Studies/Pre-Law Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    10. Chapter 45. Liberal Arts and General Studies
      1. Where Do Liberal Arts/General Studies Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    11. Chapter 46. Music and Dance
      1. Where Do Music Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    12. Chapter 47. Philosophy
      1. Where Do Philosophy Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    13. Chapter 48. Political Science, Government, and International Relations
      1. Where Do Political Science Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    14. Chapter 49. Sociology
      1. Where Do Sociology Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    15. Chapter 50. Visual Arts
      1. Where Do Visual Arts Graduates Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
  12. Part 7. Natural Sciences
    1. Chapter 51. Animal Food Sciences
      1. Where Do Animal Food Science Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Learning
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    2. Chapter 52. Biology and Life Sciences
      1. Where Do Biology Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    3. Chapter 53. Chemistry
      1. Where Do Chemistry Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    4. Chapter 54. Forestry and Environmental Sciences
      1. Where Do Environmental Sciences Graduates Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    5. Chapter 55. Geology and Geophysics
      1. Where Do Geology Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    6. Chapter 56. Microbiology and Biochemistry
      1. Microbiology
      2. Biochemistry
      3. Biophysics
      4. Where Do Microbiology/Biochemistry Majors Work?
      5. Occupations
      6. Activities on the Job
      7. Salaries
      8. On-the-Job Training
      9. Post-Graduation Activities
      10. Employment Outlook
    7. Chapter 57. Physics and Astronomy
      1. Where Do Physics Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    8. Chapter 58. Plant Food Sciences
      1. Where Do Plant Food Sciences Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Learning
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
  13. Part 8. Technology
    1. Chapter 59. Computer Science
      1. Where Do Computer Science Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    2. Chapter 60. Data and Information Processing
      1. Where Do Data and Information Processing Graduates Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    3. Chapter 61. Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technology
      1. Where Do Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technology Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    4. Chapter 62. Industrial Production Technology
      1. Where Do Industrial Production Technology Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Training
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
    5. Chapter 63. Mechanical Engineering Technology
      1. Where Do Mechanical Engineering Technology Majors Work?
      2. Occupations
      3. Activities on the Job
      4. Salaries
      5. On-the-Job Learning
      6. Post-Graduation Activities
      7. Employment Outlook
  14. Index
  15. Footnotes