How to Match Your Career Choice with a College Degree

Two Methods:Career Cheat SheetMatching Your Career Choice with a Degree

So you know what you want to do for a living, but what degree do you need to do it? To match your career choice with a college degree, follow the steps below.

Career Cheat Sheet

Sample Degree Career Chart

Matching Your Career Choice with a Degree

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    Determine under what general category your career falls. There are several general categories of degrees, including[1]:
    • Business Administration. A degree in business administration is good for anyone looking to work in marketing, management, financial services, human resources, or start his or her own business[2].
    • Medical. Various medical degrees are available for those who want to work as a Certified Nursing Assistant (“CNA”), Registered Nurse (“RN”), healthcare administration, medical billing, or health insurance underwriter.
    • Education. If you want to teach anything, a degree in education may be exactly what you want. Education degrees are also good for those who plan to go into school administration[3].
    • Social Services. The social services category, sometimes referred to as human services, covers degrees in areas such as social work, psychology, counseling, and social work administration. Social Service degrees are good for those who seek a job helping others through difficult times and situations[4].
    • Computer Science. Networking, web design, e-commerce, information technologies, and social media careers all fall under the computer science category.
    • Political Science. If you are interested in career working with the police, department of corrections, or Courts, you will likely find the degree for you in the Law and Criminal Justice degree category.
    • Liberal Arts. Liberal Arts degrees can be in English, history, or one of the many sciences, such as geology or anthropology[5].
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    • Engineering. Engineers design, build, test, and repair things. There are many different types of engineers and engineering degrees, including civil, mechanical, electrical, computer hardware, biomedical and aerospace. If you love to design and build, you may want to pursue an engineering degree.
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    Narrow it down to a job category or title. You can use a degree to career matching service to do this. Many universities and organizations offer online career-matching services, which provide users with a way of narrowing down a general category of degrees into job titles and possible employers. Some career matching services you may find useful include:
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    Locate information on recommended degree programs. Locate schools offering the degrees recommended by the online degree to career matching services. To locate schools offering a specific degree or category of degree you can:
    • Use a college and university directory such as Academic Info, Search by Degree, Degree Match or Yahoo Education.
    • Use a specialized degree listing such as the one located at All Schools to find acting, cooking, bartending, photography, dental, law, and medical schools and degree programs.
    • Run a search using your favorite search engine. If you are looking for liberal arts programs, search for ‘liberal arts degrees’ or if looking for a library science degree, search ‘library science degrees’.
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    Learn about the various degree programs you locate. Visit the school or program’s website and read about each type of degree. Most schools will provide information about the career outlook for those graduating from each program offered. Look for programs whose graduates obtain jobs identical or similar to the one you want.
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    Use your college or universities career services. Check with your college or university for career counseling, job placement, and other career development services that may help you determine what degree is best for the career you have chosen.
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    Look at the help wanted ads. Check the help wanted ads in the classified section of the local newspaper or run a search on a job site such as Monster, Career Builder, or Indeed. Look at open positions similar to the one you want and see what degrees employers are looking for.
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    Talk to people in the field. Find out what degrees those already working in the field have obtained. Talk to people who are in the field you wish to enter about their degree and their colleagues’ degrees.

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