What You Need to Know Before Choosing a College Major
Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox
Picking a college major is no easy task. In fact, your major could determine what you’ll be doing for the rest of your life. And with the immense amount of pressure, why not turn to graduates who have been through the same experience for some insight?
When it comes to choosing a major, listen to your gut -- not the people around you. More than 40 percent of participants who listened to themselves when choosing a major found they were happiest with their financial outcome post-college, and an additional 14 percent say they were better off financially than they expected. For those who turned to their parents to help them choose, only 9 percent admitted to being happy with their financial outcome after college, and a low 4 percent who turned to a guidance counselor reported being financially happy.
It’s important to be wise when choosing your major too, because if you’re not, you may find yourself changing it in the middle of your college career. While this is doable, most surveyed college graduates advise against it. More than 80 percent of men and women who changed their majors regretted it. And for the grads who decided to stick with their major, 65 percent landed in management and professional positions (upper, middle, junior management, trained professional, consultant, self-employed and researcher), while only 35 percent of people who changed their major did.
If you’re still unsure which path to go down, look at majors that will help position you for a successful future. Overall, people with business majors -- the most popular major today -- have the highest financial satisfaction after college, followed by psychology, computer and information sciences and arts, visual and performing.