How to Find the Best College Departments for Your Career
At OccupationProfessor.com, our primary goal is to help you select a career that is right for you, and one that you'll love! We believe that once you find your ideal "career match" you can develop a roadmap for your educational career path and choose the best college/department for your degree.
The Occupation Description Report from OccupationProfessor.com identifies the most common field(s) of study (college major) for each career. In some cases, we recommend other ways to prepare for a career, such as an apprenticeship or on-the-job-training (OJT).
Once you know your target career and what you need to study, you may think that you're ready to go. But wait! There is another big decision to make! Where will you go to college? And which colleges have the best degree programs? Here are a couple of great resources to help you identify the best college departments for your major and career.
- U.S. News : Every year U.S. News releases rankings and other lists on the best colleges and universities. In more recent years, they breakdown these rankings even further to identify the best college departments for a variety of undergraduate degrees (business, engineering, teaching, etc.) along with many graduate degree programs.
- The College Board's College Search: This is another excellent resource for selecting the best college for your degree. This site is comprehensive in its college search features and allows you to filter schools by test scores and selectivity, majors and study options, location, sports/activities, etc.
Not all majors are equal for many of the top colleges and universities. Many colleges will only have standard, broad-based degrees, while others may specialize in your field. My rule of thumb is that you should attend the best program that you can realistically afford. Employers know which are the best schools and will be recruiting from those institutions. You want them to be knocking on your door.
Taking the time to research your best college departments options can greatly increase your chance of success in landing that dream job down the road.
Are you unsure if you even need a college education to pursue your career? OccupationProfessor's career test can help you find out.
POSTED: 7-12-2015 at 2:51 PM (EDT)