Monday, February 4, 2019

College Majors Prepare Students for Dream Careers

College-bound students, envisioning their future careers, might want to think beyond the traditional jobs of doctor, engineer, lawyer, teacher, and business executive.  A bit of research will reveal some college majors that students may truly find enticing.

“Computer Integrated Surgery,” offered at John Hopkins University, prepares students to utilize computer science to aid surgeons in meeting the growing demand for minimally invasive surgical procedures.

The nation’s first bachelor’s degree in “Artificial Intelligence” is in its very first year at Carnegie Mellon University and includes courses in computational biology, speech recognition and machine learning.

Students interested in “Knowledge Management” will find a program at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and those fascinated by the study of “Logic” should look towards the University of Pennsylvania or Carnegie Mellon.

Students intrigued by the field of Criminal Justice have a multitude of options.  “Emergency Management/Homeland Security” is available at the University of Pittsburgh, St. Leo’s, Embry-Riddle, and DeSales, while “Forensic Psychology” is offered at the University of New Haven and John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

“Documentary Production” is a specialty at Ithaca College and Syracuse University, while “Cinematography and Film/Video Production” is a major at several nearby universities including Drexel, Temple, NYU, Fairleigh Dickinson and Montclair State. Students interested in the special niche of “Puppetry” can find a program at the University of Connecticut.  

There are plentiful majors in various genres of music: “Music History/Literature” at Rider, Syracuse, Bucknell, and Lehigh universities,  “Music Performance” at University of Delaware, American University, Catholic University of America, and Kean, Rutgers, Seton Hall and William Paterson universities in New Jersey, “Musical Theater” at Rider, Pace, American and Elon universities.
Students drawn to the ocean and the culture of beach communities might want to explore “Caribbean Studies “ at some very impressive schools.  It’s a major at two Ivy League institutions, Columbia and Dartmouth, as well as at Rutgers, Emory, and Hofstra.  Students interested in “Nautical Archaeology,” the study of the remains of boats and ships and the cultures that created and used them, will find the specialty at Texas A & M. 

Students attracted to the great outdoors have many options as well. “Golf Management” is offered at the University of Maryland and the University of Wisconsin, “Race Track Industry” is a major at the University of Arizona, while “Resort Management” is popular at Coastal Carolina, Johnson & Wales, and Florida Gulf Coast universities.  

Where will students gain employment with these majors? That’s the perfect question to ask all colleges under consideration, as they will give you all the information you need, including the percent of students with each major that are employed or furthering their education within six months of graduation, the names of companies that recruit for each major on campus, and the starting salary of graduates with each major.  Armed with this information, students can choose the ideal college and major that meet their talents and interests and can provide fruitful employment for life. 

Susan Alaimo is the founder of SAT Smart. For the past 25 years, SAT Smart’s Ivy League educated tutors have prepared students for the PSAT, SAT, ACT, Subject Tests, AP courses, and all high school subjects. Visit or call 908-369-5362.

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