What should I be when I grow up?

Making it to college is the first hurdle, and then you have to decide what you want to major in. Some of you may have known what career you want to pursue your entire life, while others may have absolutely no idea. Let me start off by saying that is OK! More often than not, students do not know what career they want to pursue or for some they think they know what they want to do and after one semester in college they change their mind.

When deciding what you want your major to be in college the first thing you should think about is what interests you and what you are passionate about. We all know that money is an important factor when deciding what major to pursue but what is even more important is finding something you will enjoy doing. You spend a tremendous amount of your life working, so make sure you are choosing your career path for the right reasons.

With all of that being said, I want to share with you some of the most sought after jobs in the working world today. For those of you that may not be interested in any of the jobs listed below, that does not mean you will not be able to find a job. This is a list of jobs that have grown tremendously within the last few years and are projected to continue growing in the future. If you are still unsure what you want to major in, these might be some ideas for you to explore. When you are thinking about what to major in it is important to think about what majors will make the job search easier once you do receive your degree.

5 high-demand jobs:

  • Registered Nurse
    • Average Salary: $65,000 imageregisterednurse
    • Job Description: Registered nurses provide and coordinate patient care. They also advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.
    • What type of degree qualifies you for this job? Bachelor’s degree in nursing, associate’s degree in nursing or a diploma approved nursing program.
  • Software Developer images1PLDME6U
    • Average salary: $90,000
    • Job Description: Software developers design computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a device and other develop the systems that run those devices.
    • What type of degree qualifies you for this job? Bachelor’s Degree
  •  Financial Advisorimagefinancialadvisor

    • Average Salary: $67,000
    • Job Description: Financial advisors do just that, they give financial advice to people. They provide advice to people on investments, taxes, and insurance decisions.
    • What type of degree qualifies you for this job? Bachelor’s Degree


  • Carpenters imagecarpentry
    • Average Salary: $39,000 
      • Job Description: Carpenters are involved in several types of construction such as repairing building frameworks, building structures and installation.
      • What type of degree qualifies you for this job? Diploma or certificate program
  • Medical Assistants imagemedicalassistant
    • Average salary: $29,370
    • Job Description: There are an array of medical assistant occupations and they have different responsibilities depending on the area of focus. Generally speaking, medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks.
    • What type of degree qualifies you for this job? Certificate program or associate’s degree.

The salary and job information above was provided by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. You can visit their website for more information regarding these jobs and others: http://www.bls.gov/home.htm.

Another great resource for you to explore careers is www.collegefortn.org. This website allows students to take interest inventory tests that help explore skills and passions. At the end of the test, the system provides a list of majors students may be interested in and what colleges have that major of study.

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