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Overview

College Majors and Careers offers straightforward advice to anyone who is exploring career options. This book provides information that will help link academic choices to career paths. The sixth edition includes an explanation of the 4-Step Career Development Process used by many college and career counselors to guide students and clients in the self-assessment necessary to make fulfilling academic and career choices.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816076642
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

I Clusters of Majors 3

Connecting College Majors to Career Clusters 5

II Who Will Be Helped by This Book? 9

III How This Book Is Organized and How to Use It 11

The 4-Step Career Development Process 15

IV Choosing the Major That Best Reflects You 18

Accounting 21

Aerospace Engineering 24

Agriculture 27

Allied Health Assisting and Technology 30

Allied Health Sciences 33

Anthropology 36

Architecture 39

Art 42

Astronomy 45

Banking and Finance 48

Biology 51

Botany 54

Business Administration and Management 57

Chemical Engineering 60

Chemistry 63

Civil Engineering 66

Communications 69

Computer Science 72

Construction 75

Criminal Justice 78

Culinary Arts 81

Economics 84

Education 87

Electrical/Electronic Engineering 90

Electrical/Electronic Technology 93

English 96

Food and Beverage Management/Service 99

Foreign Language 102

Forestry 105

Geography 108

Geology 111

Health Administration, Management, and Related Services 114

History 117

Home Economics 120

Horticulture 123

Hotel/Motel Management 126

Industrial Engineering 129

Industrial and Precision Production/Technology 132

Law 135

Legal and Protective Services 138

Library and Information Science 141

Marketing and Distribution 144

Mathematics 147

Mechanical Engineering 150

Mechanics and Related Services 153

Medicine 156

Metallurgical and Mining Engineering 159

Military Science 162

Nursing and Related Services 165

Performing Arts 168

Philosophy 171

Physics 174

Physiology 177

Political Science 180

Psychology 183

Recreation and Leisure 186

Rehabilitation Therapy and Related Services189

Religion and Theology 192

Secretarial (Management and Administrative) Services 195

Social Work 198

Sociology 201

Transportation 204

Zoology 207

V College- and Career-Related Questions and Answers 211

College-Related Questions 211

1 How do I know if a program or institution is good? 211

2 What is a college major? 212

3 What is a liberal arts major? 212

4 What should I know before selecting a major? 212

5 How do I select a major? 213

6 What should I do if I want a college degree but don't know what to pick for my major? 214

7 Should I "test" out of a required course? 215

8 I must register for a full load of classes tomorrow but I don't know what to take. What should I do? 216

9 What should I do if I only want to pursue a short-term program of a year or less? 216

10 What are home-study (distance learning) courses? 216

11 What is virtual education? 217

12 What is co-op education? 217

13 What is an apparenticeship? 218

14 What is an internship? 219

15 What is mentoring? 219

16 What are "STEM" jobs? 220

17 What is an MBA? 220

18 Should I go for an MBA? 221

19 Should I get a Ph.D.? 222

20 What is networking and can it help me? 223

Career-Related Questions 223

1 What does the word "career" mean? 223

2 What is career decision-making? 223

3 What is good career decision-making? 224

4 What is career development? 224

5 Is career development different for an older adult than for a younger person? 224

6 What is a career resource or information center? 224

7 Are career development and job placement services the same? 225

8 What are career development services? 225

9 What are job placement services? 226

10 What does a good career counselor do? 226

11 What is a self-assessment? 227

12 What are career tests? 227

13 Should the results of my career tests determine what I do in the future? 227

14 Should I accept career test results that point to a single field? 228

15 What does it mean when the results of my career testing show that I am interested in just about everything? 228

16 Am I required to take a battery of tests to effectively plan my career? 229

17 What is the difference between an aptitude test and an interest inventory? 229

18 Can occupational projections be trusted? 230

19 What is career success? 231

20 What are the 4 "MUSTS" that can improve your chance for life success? 231

Appendixes

A Self-Assessment Survey 233

B Descriptions of Selected Occupations 249

C Definitions of Selected Skill Statements 279

D Definitions of Values and Personal Attributes 281

Index of Occupations 285

About the Author 294

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