What Can I Do With My Major?

​Linking majors to possible career paths is an important part of researching and choosing programs of study.  It is important to have goals in mind, when selecting a program of study, for how the major is going to be applied in your professional life!  This needs to be articulated early in your academic career.  Remember, however, that a major does not define the entire candidate when applying for jobs, internships and graduate schools.  A candidate will be evaluated on their overall experiences and how those relate to the position.

​General Resources
Find a Program (career and academic information on over 150 CMU majors and minors)​​
5 Links (match CMU majors to careers)
Career Services has developed this resource for quick information about CMU majors.  These are the five (or less) links, in our opinion, that give the most comprehensive information about careers associated with majors.  Not all majors will be listed as some lead to many different career paths, contact Career Services​ to set up an appointment to discuss majors that are not listed.

Use LinkedIn​ to research how professionals have used academics in careers.  Once you create a LinkedIn profile, you can search for people with your major or a career that you are targeting.  In addition, search for professional associations related to your major or career focus as another research point or to find people​ to network with!

​Occupational Outlook Handbook
Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics about careers.  It is a great resource for know careers' working conditions, salary and needed skills​.  Information about "typical" careers like: Lawyer, Doctor, Accountant, Actuary, Teacher, Computer Programmer (as examples) are found on the OOH.​