How to Choose a College Major

Education, Education Department

Many colleges in America will require you to decide on your major during your final year in high school. The colleges go ahead with this demand despite the realization that the teens will change their mind about their major. In fact, according to the Education Department, it’s estimated that nearly 30 percent of first-year applicants end up switching majors. This is the only percent of those that change once. A September Gallup survey study discovered that students would often receive a lot of advice about the course they should take. In most cases, this advice is often provided by friends and family. Going by the numbers, it was found out that 11 percent of students asked for advice from high school counselors. At the same time, the same research found out that only 28 percent of students sought for help from college advisors. The rest said that they didn’t see the importance of asking for advice from an experienced person.

It’s all about the money
While the notion that engineering and computer science pays well than other courses is true, it’s also true that salaries may vary from one major to the other. An associate professor of economics at Temple University known as Douglas A. Webber says that parents and students are aware of the salaries difference that exists between majors. The only thing that they are not aware of is the magnitude of the differences between these majors. For instance, the professor says that top earners who undertook an English major earn more than the bottom quarter earners who specialized with chemical engineering.

Women and desire to succeed
When you visit a majority of campuses in America, you will discover that women form the larger percentage of students. As a matter of fact, research shows that 56 percent of women who got to college this fall are women. At the same time, research has shown that more women graduate than men. A report from Georgetown University found out that what women choose when they get to college tends to segregate them to lower-paying fields. Some of these courses include social services and education. The rest are business economics where women comprise of 32 percent, chemical engineering where they make 28 percent and computer science where they make 20 percent. 10 percent of women choose electrical engineering while only eight percent chooses mechanical engineering. Georgetown Center University director Anthony P. Carnevale says that women will never dominate as long as they occupy all fields.

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