College Majors and Careers: A Resource Guide for Effective Life Planning

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Intended for high school students and their counselors, this reference briefly describes 63 college majors, and lists careers each major commonly leads to, skills and personality traits best suited for those careers, recommended high school courses, ways to enhance knowledge and skills outside the classroom, and resources for more information. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Overview

Intended for high school students and their counselors, this reference briefly describes 63 college majors, and lists careers each major commonly leads to, skills and personality traits best suited for those careers, recommended high school courses, ways to enhance knowledge and skills outside the classroom, and resources for more information. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Cites 60 of the most popular college majors and cites occupations most closely linked to them.

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Offers basic advice for anyone exploring career options and provides information that will help link academic choices with a variety of career paths. Some 60 college majors are covered that are linked to 350 career paths. Chapters on majors give brief overviews, list recommended high school courses and related occupations, as well as related leisure activities, skills, and values. Gives contact information for helpful organizations, answers in detail 38 frequently asked questions, and describes the least familiar occupations listed. The author runs a career resource center at a community college. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780894343780
  • Publisher: Ferguson Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I. Clusters of Majors 3
II. Who Will Be Helped by This Book? 5
III How This Book Is Organized and How to Use It 7
IV. Choosing the Major that Best Reflects You 10
Accounting 11
Aerospace Engineering 14
Agriculture 17
Allied Health Assisting and Technology 20
Allied Health Sciences 23
Anthropology 26
Architecture 29
Art 32
Astronomy 35
Banking and Finance 38
Biology 41
Botany 44
Business Administration and Management 47
Chemical Engineering 50
Chemistry 53
Civil Engineering 56
Communications 59
Computer Science 62
Construction 65
Culinary Arts 68
Economics 71
Education 74
Electrical/Electronic Engineering 77
Electrical/Electronics Technology 80
English 83
Food and Beverage Management/Service 86
Foreign Language 89
Forestry 92
Geography 95
Geology 98
Health Administration, Management, and Related Services 101
History 104
Home Economics 107
Horticulture 110
Hotel/Motel Management 113
Industrial Engineering 116
Industrial and Precision Production/Technology 119
Law 122
Legal and Protective Services 125
Library and Information Sciences 128
Marketing and Distribution 131
Mathematics 134
Mechanical Engineering 137
Mechanics and Related Services 140
Medicine 143
Metallurgical and Mining Engineering 146
Military Science 149
Nursing and Related Services 152
Performing Arts 155
Philosophy 158
Physics 161
Physiology 164
Political Science 167
Psychology 170
Recreation and Leisure 173
Religion and Theology 176
Secretarial Science 179
Social Work 182
Sociology 185
Transportation 188
Zoology 191
V. Career-Related Questions and Answers
1 What does the word career mean? 194
2 What is career decision-making? 194
3 Is career development different for an older adult than for a younger person? 194
4 What is career success? 195
5 What is a career resource or information center? 195
6 Are career development and placement services the same? 195
7 What are career development services? 196
8 What are job placement services? 196
9 What does a good career counselor do? 196
10 What is a self-assessment? 197
11 What is a college major? 197
12 What should I know before selecting a major? 197
13 How do I actually select a major? 198
14 What should I do if I want a college degree but don't know what to pick for my major? 199
15 What should I do if I only want to pursue a short-term program of a year or less? 200
16 I must register for a full load of classes tomorrow but don't know what to take--what should I do? 200
17 What is an MBA? 200
18 Should I go for an MBA? 201
19 Should I get a Ph.D.? 202
20 What is an apprenticeship? 203
21 What is co-op education? 204
22 What are home study courses? 204
23 What is virtual education? 205
24 What is an internship? 205
25 What is mentoring? 206
26 What is networking and can it help me? 207
27 What are "high-tech" jobs? 207
28 How do I know if a program or institution is good? 207
29 What is a liberal arts major? 208
30 What are career tests? 209
31 Should the results of my career tests determine what I do in the future? 209
32 Should I accept career test results that point to a single field? 209
33 What does it mean when the results of my career testing show that I am interested in just about everything? 210
34 Am I required to take a battery of tests to effectively plan my career? 210
35 What is the difference between an aptitude test and an interest inventory? 211
36 Should I "test out" of a required course? 212
37 Can occupational projections be trusted? 213
38 What are some common problems that often hamper career development? 213
Appendices
A. Descriptions of Selected Occupations 215
B. Definitions of Selected Skill Statements 243
C. Definitions of Values and Personal Attributes 245
Index of Occupations 248
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