College Majors and Careers: A Resource Guide for Effective Life Planning
Let’s face it. We aren’t all born with a burning desire to be a doctor, scientist or archaeologist. Most of us don’t really know exactly what we want to do, we just know that we don’t want to end up in a dead-end job that we hate. Maybe you’re even like me and have so many interests that it’s hard to focus on just one. Enter College Majors and Careers. This book lists a wide variety of careers, including some of the more unique ones, and explains what you need to study in college to get there. The occupations are catalogued by general interest, or college major, then followed by a brief description of the topic. Underneath this is a list of high school courses you might take to prepare for the field and a list of related occupations in that field, followed by an abbreviation which tells you the minimum level of education required for the job. The book then suggests some activities related to your interest to pursue in your spare time to help you know if this is what you want to do. Next are listed some skills related to your interest, then personal attributes and values that are usually associated with that area of interest. Finally, sources for collecting more information are listed, both books and organizations. Is this too hard to picture? How’s this for an example. Say you’re interested in Botany. After defining what botany is, it gives a long list of related occupations (31, to be exact) including biochemist, ecologist, forester, phycologist, seed analyst, wood technologist, and many more (in case you don’t know exactly what a phycologist does, the definition is in the glossary). Then it suggests activities such as: visiting nature centers, gardens, and floral shops, collecting leaves, raising houseplants, doing some floral design, working part-time in a park or a greenhouse, doing nature studies, and reading about plants. Under the next heading, Skills, it suggests that you should be a good observer, be able to conduct and explain scientific research well, that you be able to concentrate and collect data proficiently, that you be accurate, etc. Next it lists aesthetic awareness, patience, thoroughness, appreciation for nature, curiosity and more as attributes that help if you are interested in botany. Books and organizations are also listed to help you find a wider range of information than what is included here. But that’s not all. At the end of the book are career-related questions and answers and definitions of occupations, values, and personal attributes.
I have found this book extremely helpful, with good coverage of a broad range of interests, educational requirements, and a wealth of other useful information for career planning. - Jess