College Majors and Top Careers for the 21st Century

College Majors and Top Careers for the 21st Century

College Majors

Self-assessment of Interests, Abilities


CareerKey— Based on Holland’s 6 personality types; take online in 10 minutes; identifies your personality type and provides a list of recommended careers for your type. $7.95.


Keirsey Temperament Sorter II— Based on Meyers-Briggs inventory of 16 personality types. Free limited version identifies your temperament only; $14.95 buys full report with your type and an in-depth interpretation of your temperament and type, plus relationship and career advice based on your temperament.


Missouri U’s Career Interests Game— Brief synopses of Holland’s 6 personality types. Not really a game—click on the types you most resemble and see career possibilities compatible with each. Clicking on individual careers takes you to the U.S. Department of Labor’s OOH detailed listings. Free.

What Careers Could This Major Lead To?


Uof Delaware Major Resource Kits— Excellent site offering career information about approximately 80 individual majors. Descriptions, sample job titles, ways to enhance employability, possible employers, resources for finding employment, links to related web sites.


Westfield (MA) State College— Excellent site. 60 majors: extensive list of career areas, employers, strategies to maximize employability, related web sites.


U of North Carolina/Wilmington— Excellent site. 46 majors: extensive list of job titles, skills needed for each major, related websites.


St. Joseph’s U— 32 majors: lists of careers, job titles, actual jobs of recent grads, related web sites and professional organizations. Also links to help you research 10 career field options (government and law, health care, technology and computers, etc.)


Cornell U Career Briefs—23 Arts and Science majors. Written by Cornell Career Services staff. FAQs, resources, related web sites, professional organizations, strategies to enhance employability, real-world descriptions.


Cornell U— “What Can I Do With This Major?” 43 Arts and Science majors: common career areas, typical employers, strategies to maximize career opportunities, related web sites.


College Majors—Articles

 Hot Subject: Arabic. Enrollment in classes is up; so are job opportunities for grads.Newsweek Kaplan College Guide 2007.


Top Careers for the 21st Century


U.S. Department of Labor’s List of Fastest-growing Occupations 2004-2014— covered in the 2006-2007 Occupational Outlook Handbook.


CollegeBoard’s List of 10 Fastest-growing Occupations for College Grads 2004-2014.

High Growth Middle to High Income Jobs in U.S. Requiring a Bachelor’s Degree—Find out which careers are expected to have high growth. Rodel Foundation.


JobWeb’s Best and Worst Jobs— According to the 2002 Jobs Rated Almanac. List and article.

iSeek’s Fastest-growing Careers, Industries in Minnesota 2000-2010—Detailed info and video clips (descriptions apply to any geographic location).



Cornell U Career Exploration Web Sites—Excellent directory of sites with general Arts and Science career information, articles, info about specific careers. Also contains links to sites for students with disabilities, students from diverse populations.


JobWeb— Excellent overall site. Career development and job search advice for new college graduates. Career library articles, links for general job info, entertainment and film, healthcare, legal, music and science careers.


JobStar— Each listing is linked to related web sites. Easy interface.


UC Berkeley—Career descriptions from a variety of sources; student and professional organizations; career paths; extensive related links.


CollegeBoard— Descriptions of individual career categories, related majors and careers.


Occupational Outlook Handbook—Thousands of detailed job descriptions, including training/education, earnings, prospects and work environment; accessed via individual job titles, occupational clusters, or browsing by first letter. U.S. Department of Labor.


iSeek— Detailed info and video clips about specific careers, industries.


WetFeet—Detailed, well-written info (including job outlook, compensation) about specific careers, industries. Easy interface.



Cornell U Career Services — Directory of web sites with links to thousands of organizations, associations, foundations, think tanks, public interest research groups (PIRGs), environmental organizations, plus Americorps and Opportunity NOCS (Nonprofit Organization Classifieds), where you might pursue a socially responsible career.



USAJobs—U.S. Government’s main jobs site. Info on 20,000+ federal jobs worldwide. Match jobs to your interests and skills, explore specific careers. Short descriptions for each career.


Cornell U Career Services—Directory of web sites announcing job opportunities with public interest research groups (PIRGs), NYC, political parties, local governments.



JobWeb— •Federal Government is a Best BetCatch the Federal Hiring Wave Federal Job Myths.


Partnership for Public Service— 10 Reasons to Consider a Federal Career •Building a Resume Using USAJobs: Use to Apply to Multiple Jobs •Profiles in Public Service: Real People Who Have Made a Difference Working for the Government •Agency Profiles: No Matter What You’re Interested in, There’s a Job for You in the Federal Government.



MilitaryCareers—Excellent site, easy interface. Detailed descriptions of 4100 specific military careers (officer and enlisted) and their civilian counterparts. Tells which service branch each career is available in.


iSeek—Detailed info and video clips about specific careers in the military. Tells which service branch each career is available in.


ArmedForcesCareers—List of careers with short description of each. Tells which service branch each career is available in and what their civilian counterparts are. Also can sort by service branch. Provides questions to help you decide whether a military career is right for you. Gives the facts about enlistment and officer programs before you talk to a recruiter. Must navigate through a lot of ads and commercial info on the site.



Offbeat Ways to Make a LivingReader’s Digest Canada article.