What Can I Do With This Major? (or discipline)

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Jennifer Agor, Assistant Director, Duke Career Center
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Have you ever thought to yourself “Gee, I LOVE my theoretical math major! But I don’t want to be an academic . . . what the heck can I DO with it?”

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Conveniently, someone at the University of Tennessee thought the same thing, and they created a resource available to you on Duke’s Career Center website called What Can I Do With This Major?. If you visit this page, and click on View All Majors, it brings up a grid of 90+ majors from Forestry to Sports Management. For each major listed, there’s a pretty comprehensive breakdown of the opportunities available by industry, focus area, and what types of employers hire for such positions. It also provides you with strategies for how to gain skills and knowledge in that area to make you marketable—which, as a graduate or undergraduate student, can help you plan out your involvement, internships, and experiences throughout your years at Duke!

My favorite piece of this is all the way at the bottom of each major. There’s a listing of

  • professional associations (always good to keep up to date on the trends and topics of the industry you’re interested in)
  • links to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook for the primary job titles in the industry which gives you an overview of
    • salary range
    • required education
    • work environment
    • and much more 
  • links to industry specific job boards and employment opportunities.

I generally end up referencing this resource to every student I meet with in a career session, and think it is a gem most students don’t know about.

So, if you’re wondering what options you might have in any given major or discipline, or even if you KNOW what you want to do but never considered what other opportunities might exist, check it out. If nothing else, you’ll discover some handy search tools for the job and internship hunt.

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