/ Asked by Michaela
I'm starting college next year and am not sure what major I want. I've narrowed it down but would like your opinion on what two or three majors are the best for finding a job/ look the best on a resume. Thanks!
Answered by Maya, Hiring Expert at Verizon, on Friday, July 18, 2014
Hi - I would suggest two options. The first, look into the different majors that you have narrowed down. Research the career paths, the salary, etc. This will give you some insight as to what your future might look like and could help you make an informed decision. My second piece of advice is to pursue a major that interests you and that you want to excel in. I wouldn't worry about what necessarily looks good on a resume, but focus on your future aspirations. 


Best of luck in college. Many get to college and change their minds altogether!
     
Answered by Sharon, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, July 21, 2014
Because you aren't sure what major you are pursuing, you can simply list the college and note "currently attending". If you want to be more specific, you can indicate "Undeclared Degree". If you simply list the school, you may be asked about your major. If you are, simply respond that you haven't declared a major yet. It's better than listing one that's isn't accurate - that would be falsifying your resume.
Answered by Sandy, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Choosing a major in college is a very important decision so it’s great that you are thinking about your future career in advance! There are several websites available that offer career choice suggestions based on individual criteria. When choosing a potential career, it’s important that you find something that you enjoy, which is why these websites are helpful because they can help pinpoint careers that would be suited to your specific personality, intelligence level, likes/dislikes, etc. Your high school counselor should be able to give you some specific websites to visit. In addition, these websites can also provide statistics regarding the current demand, longevity, and average salaries for a variety of careers. Rather than providing two to three majors that are the best for finding a job, I would recommend finding potential careers that you have interest in and researching the above statistics and going from there. Good luck in your search!
Answered by Bryan, Hiring Expert at IBM Corporation, on Thursday, July 24, 2014
Here are a few that are hot right now...

1) Computer Science
2) Business
3) Biomedical Engineering

If you can combine a business major with a technical major, you will absolutely be making yourself very marketable.  Of course, there are many more that might be better suited for your own education and career path.  That is something you need to figure out for yourself though. 
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, August 8, 2014
The hot majors do change from time to time, but right now the areas that are most competitve are the technical type of majors (ex. Engineering, Computer Science, IT, etc.), majors related to the health care industry, and accounting/finance majors.  That being said, there are other factors to consider when choosing a major.  Number one, make sure it is something that you enjoy.  You may spend the better part of your life doing that work, so make sure it is something that you will be happy with at the end of the day.  Also, think about where you would like live after you graduate.  You may take one of the majors that I  mentioned above, healthcare for example, but if the area that you desire to settle in does not have a substantial health care industry, it may not be worth it.  Some majors may require you to be flexible in your desired location.
Answered by Paula, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Monday, September 15, 2014
Congratulations on taking the next step and starting your journey at college! It's smart to start thinking about the outlook on jobs and popular industries, but it's also equally important to major in something that you are passionate about. Do you like to read/write or are your more analytical? I would recommend playing to your interests in strengths when determining a major. If you aren't ready to commit to a major or you're not sure, allow yourself the exploratory time within your freshman and sophomore years to experience a diverse blend of topics - business, psychology, art history, etc. Best of luck to you!
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