What kind of job can I get with a major in
 (insert your major here)?

It sounds like a reasonable question.  In fact, it is probably the question in which your parents will be particularly interested if they are paying for any part of your college education. Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer for any major.  

Okay, some examples are easy. 
Many graduates will go into careers that seem more directly related to their major:

Major

Job Description

Physiology   Medical Doctor
Public Relations                   College Relations, Events Coordinator
Biological Science Clinical Lab Technician
Art Illustrator, Graphic Designer
Sociology Social Service
Political Science Government Analyst, State House


Others will find careers that rely heavily on the skills they acquired through general education or major courses that may not seem (on the surface) to be directly related to the overall major:

Major

Job Description

Mathematics                         Computer Programming, Geophysics field
Geology Science Librarian, Administrative Services
Psychology Technical Training Engineer
English Director, Chamber of Commerce
Zoology U.S.  Peace Corps
Speech Communication Human Resources, Recruitment & Staffing


The following is a compilation of some of the types of jobs you are most likely to find based on the departmental majors listed below.  This list groups majors according to general subject areas in order to provide a two types of career options.

  1. Typical job opportunities based on major specific knowledge gained, and

  2. Opportunities based on skills acquired through the combination of general education, major, and concentrations of course work in the general subject area.

You may jump to the field(s) closest to your interests by clicking on the subject area or one of the actual majors listed as part of a subject area.  Please remember that these lists do not attempt to list all job possibilities.  (For additional career information related to major, please contact the OSU Career and Study Skills Center for a list of services provided by their office.  Links to available Arts and Sciences departmental home pages are provided through the Arts and Sciences Majors page.)

Humanities

Fine Arts

Journalism & Broadcasting

English
Foreign Languages
History
Philosophy

Art
Music
Theater

Advertising & Sales
Broadcast Journalism
News-Editorial
Public Relations

Social Sciences (1)

Social Sciences (2)

Physical Science

Economics
Geography
Political Science      
Psychology
Sociology
Speech Communications    
Chemistry
Geology
Physics


Biological Science


Mathematical Science

Biochemistry
Biological Sciences
Botany
Medical Technology
Microbiology/Cell & Molecular
Physiology
Wildlife/Fisheries Ecology
Zoology
Computer Science
Mathematics
Statistics

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English Editing
Public Relations
Advertising
Librarian
Writer
Journalism
Teacher:
  • Secondary level
  • University level

Researcher

Government

Pre-Professional Preparation

  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Business
Foreign Languages   Human Services
Business
Marketing
Journalism
Government
Foreign Service
History Research
Government
Politics
Museums
Universities
Administration
Philosophy Public Service
Private Analysis
Theology
Planning
Research
Writing

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Major Major Careers/Fields Other Related Careers    
Art Design
Commercial Art
Advertising
Merchandising
Printing
Galleries
Museums
Professional Studio Work
Arts Administration

Teaching

  • Elementary
  • Secondary
  • University
Music Performance
Composition
Music Publishing
Music Merchandising
Music Librarian
Church Music
Theater     Acting
Directing
Designing
Writing
Rec. & Arts Management
Technical Production

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Major Major Careers/Fields Other Related Careers
Advertising/Sales Sales
Writing
Producing
Radio
Magazines
Television
Aspects of Print and
    Broadcast Media
  • Management
  • Research
  • Ownership

Media Relations

Broadcast Journalism Reporting
Copywriting
Editing
Production Research
Radio
Television
Directing
News-Editorial Reporting
Copywriting
Editing
Newspapers
Magazines
Public Relations Brochure Design
News Releases
Writing
Speeches
Promotions

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Major Major Careers/Fields Other Related Careers
Economics Management
Business Planning
Banking
Finance
Government
Analyst
Teaching
  • Secondary
  • University

Pre-Professional Preparation

  • Law
  • Public Administration
  • Business

Government

  • Research
  • Administration
Geography   Government
Urban Planning
Foreign Service
Environmental Analyst
Market Research
Location Analyst
Remote Sensing
Cartographer
Weather
National Parks
Political
Science
Government
Foreign Service
Lobbying
Intelligence
Administration
Int'l Business
Journalism
Business

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Major Major Careers/Fields Other Related Careers
Psychology Personnel Management
Quantitative Jobs
Human Resources
Market Analyst
Child Welfare
Social Service
Counseling
Theology
Missionary
Psychiatry
Pre-Professional Preparation
  • Law
  • Medicine

Government

  • Counselors
  • Coordinators
  • Administration
Sociology Social Services
Health Care
Juvenile Treatment
Criminal Justice
Corrections
Gerontology
Social Work
City Mgmt.
Speech
Communication
Business
Public Relations
Personnel
Marketing
Training
Management
Sales
Consulting

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Chemistry     Public Health
Government
Product Devp.
Marketing
Sales
Private Industry
Teaching:
  • Secondary
  • University

Research

Pre-Professional Preparation

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary
  • Law
Geology Mineral Exploration
Petroleum Rsch.
Water Resources
Environmental Eng.
Government
Private Industry
Stratigraphers
Geochemistry
Physics Engineering Firms
Science Firms
Applied Mathematics
Government
Laboratory Work

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Major Major Careers/Fields Other Related Careers
Biochemistry Nutrition
Biotechnology
Public Health
Ag. Experiment Stations
Environmental Protection
National Park Service
Botanical Gardens
Conservation Research
Zoos/Aquaria
Wildlife Management
Government Agencies
County Health Departments
Pre-Professional Preparation:
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary
  • Allied Health Fields
  • Law

Teaching:

  • Secondary
  • University

Private Industry

  • Consulting
  • Research
Biological Science
Botany
Microbiology
Cell & Molecular Biology
Physiology
Wildlife/Fisheries Ecology
Zoology
Medical Technology Clinical Technologist

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Major Major Careers/Fields Other Related Careers
Computer Science Systems Analysis
Research
Computer Graphics
Technical Writing
Programming
Development
Security
Business
Government

Private Industry

Research and Development

Teaching:

  • Secondary
  • University
Mathematics Banking
Analysis/Research
Aerospace Industry
Demography
Engineering
Government
Robotics
Statistics Experimental Planning
Data Collection
Computer Handling
Industry Research
Data Analysis
Business
Civil Service

For additional career information related to choosing a major, please contact the OSU Career and Study Skills Center for a list of services provided by their office.  Links to available Arts and Sciences departmental home pages can be found through the Arts and Sciences Majors page.

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