So what are the majors "we the future" should be looking int

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By Shannon05 (Shannon05) on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 08:03 pm: Edit

im not real sure of what i want to major in when i attend college next fall, so im asking your peoples opinions. What majors are becoming the most popular, or what major would jobs be offered the most after graduation?

By Familyguy24 (Familyguy24) on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 08:33 pm: Edit

I bet engineers do pretty well. I'd like to think anyone majoring in math or a pure science like physics could probably come out and have jobs to chose from.

By Jonw222 (Jonw222) on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 09:56 pm: Edit

My advice would be to major in something you are passionate about. We could tell you that math, engineering, computer science, accounting, finance majors do well but if you don't like doing the jobs that these majors train you for, you might have a job but you will likely dislike it.

I know this advice might be counter to what a lot of people have been telling you. I decided to major in music when my parents wanted me to major in music. Sure, I might have a job right now in engineering but I probably wouldn't be happy with it while I'm passionate about music.

Something to think about.

By Shannon05 (Shannon05) on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 10:14 pm: Edit

very good point jonw222, i like what ur saying. i like doing art and photography, but i dont see the point in actually majoring in photography, unless itll open alot of doors for me in other kind of photography careers(if thats true someone tell me), but im trying to get ideas from other people on what would be good for the future, and maybe someones ideas will interest me.

By Mikemac (Mikemac) on Friday, August 20, 2004 - 11:55 pm: Edit

Shannon05, at large U's if you want to major in something like fine arts or engineering you need to know this when you apply; its often very difficult to xfer into these colleges from Letters & Science. However its usually easy to switch out of one of those to L&S.

But my advice would be to major in something that you love, even if you don't know what it is yet. At most colleges you don't have to pick a major until the end of sophomore year, which gives you 2 years to explore and reflect. Of course you should *use* those 2 years to do just that, rather than procrastinating and then jumping into something.

It turns out there are 2 approaches to college: one is the vocational-training route, the other is the liberal-arts approach. Accountants, engineers, journalists, they know what they will do when they finish. Liberal arts, on the other hand, seems to be preparation for few specific careers. But that is OK; you can separate what you study in college from what you'll do when you graduate. The key with this approach is to have a 2-pronged approach to college. On the one hand study something that fascinates you, but on the other don't neglect career preparation. The best means for doing this is via internships, and there is a book you ought to own called "Major in Success" by Combs that discusses how people did just this.

I don't want to type it all over again, but see my post in the thread "What can you do with a liberal arts degree??" in the "College Admissions" topic for a bit of elaboration on all this.

By Klass (Klass) on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 08:16 pm: Edit

My daughter loves photography, but she is majoring in sociology (arts are minimal at her college) because she also enjoys learning about
people -- and her photography focuses on people.
During the summer, there are opportunities for her
to take additional photo courses in a community college setting at a minimal expense.

By Flopsy (Flopsy) on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 08:19 pm: Edit

Quantum Engineering

By Noodleman (Noodleman) on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 10:09 am: Edit

Er, Flopsy--don't you mean Quantum Theory or Quantum Mechanics? One can't "Engineer" Quanta, per se--they're phenomena, no?

By Mitsucar2000 (Mitsucar2000) on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 10:42 am: Edit

Any field that has to do with healthcare would be good for the future, as the baby boomers are getting older by the minute. Healthcare does not only consist of MD's but of pharmacists, nurses, dentists, and other specialists of the body. Each of these majors has a starting salary that is extremely high compared to other majors, and it can only get better as more professionals are needed to assist the growing elderly population.

By Barrons (Barrons) on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 03:58 pm: Edit

Healthcare is a good one. While a few aspects can be sent offshore, most of it is still hands on.

By Mini (Mini) on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 04:46 pm: Edit

Medieval music. Definitely.

By Jonw222 (Jonw222) on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 05:43 pm: Edit


Sarcasm or do you seriously have an interest in Medieval music.


By Mini (Mini) on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 05:48 pm: Edit


By Jonw222 (Jonw222) on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 05:53 pm: Edit

While I would never think someone should go into medieval music for the money. It is a fascinating niche for an interested student. Although its not my primary interest, my research assistantship is in the field and its definitely fascinating.

It's a shame the best and brightest are going into finance and not Medieval music. :-)

By Mini (Mini) on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 05:59 pm: Edit

Where are you?

My d. has a research assistantship at Smith, working on both a production and a publication edition of the first opera written by a women (Caccini). Not quite medieval, of course.

Who said the "best and brightest" are going into finance? I would have said the most venal.

By Jonw222 (Jonw222) on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 06:18 pm: Edit

I'm at NYU working with Edward Roesner. Although my dissertation will absolutely not involve medieval music, it will probably be a secondary interest for me.

What professor is your daughter working with? I know there are a couple of professors who could be doing that kind of research. Is she an undergrad or grad? (I know Smith has a small masters program)

If she is looking into a doctoral program, I would definitely recommend looking into NYU. There is a professor, Suzanne Cusick, writing a book on Francesca Caccini (last semester she offered a graduate seminar in "Early Opera and its Others.) She's an *excellent* professor.


By Mini (Mini) on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 06:52 pm: Edit

Undergrad. First-Year. Working with Robert Eisenstein, founder of the Folger Consort and Five-College Professor of Early Music (he is actually "based" at Mt. Holyoke). Also with Jane Bryden (her advisor) who has sung Handel with Peter Sellars.

By Slipper2002 (Slipper2002) on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 06:59 pm: Edit

If you go to any Ivy or Similar, you can major in literally anything, as long as you have the grades and do internships during college you will get a crazy hard to get job. and you can get into any professional school to boot (med requires the 4 big classes though)

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