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Guides to resources to help determine your best major, including books, e-books, database searches and web sites.
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40 Best Fields for Your Career - J. Michael Farr; Laurence Shatkin
Call Number: ebook
ISBN: 1593573464
Publication Date: 2006-01-01

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Compassionate Careers - Jeffrey W. Pryor; Desmond Tutu (Foreword by); Alexandra Mitchell
Call Number: ebook
ISBN: 9781601633590
Publication Date: 2015-03-23

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Data Scientists at Work - Sebastian Gutierrez
Call Number: ebook
ISBN: 9781430265986
Publication Date: 2014-12-08

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Do What You Are - Paul D. Tieger; Barbara Barron-Tieger
Call Number: BF698.9.O3 T54 2007
ISBN: 9780316167260
Publication Date: 2007-03-21

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Stuff I Wish I'd Known When I Started Working - Fergus O'Connell
Call Number: ebook
ISBN: 9780857085702
Publication Date: 2015-01-12

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The a-Z of Careers and Jobs - Susan Hodgson
Call Number: ebook
ISBN: 9780749473631
Publication Date: 2015-05-03


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Books in the Walsh Library

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Book of Majors 2013 - The College Board
Call Number: REF L 901 .C63 2013
ISBN: 9780874479812
Publication Date: 2012
In-depth descriptions of 200 of the most popular majors are followed by complete listings of every major offered at over 3,800 colleges, including four-year, two-year and technical schools.

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10 Best College Majors for Your Personality - Laurence Shatkin
Call Number: HF5382.5.U5 S338 2011
ISBN: 9781593578633
Publication Date: 2011
Students discover their personality type and the 10 best majors that relate to it. This resource covers nearly 50 majors total for the six personality types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. A self-assessment helps readers quickly determine their personality type. Next, more than 90 best majors lists reveal the 10 best majors overall for each personality type plus many must-know facts and figures.

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College Major Quizzes - John J. Liptak
Call Number: HF5382.5.U5 L56 2011
ISBN: 9781593578671
Publication Date: 2011-07-01
The 12 assessments in College Major Quizzes coaches through the process of making that decision. By assessing their skills, interests, values, goals, personality, preferences, motives, assumptions, learning styles, and long term career plans this book will help readers explore their options, evaluate the merits of each, and then choose the college program that fits them and their career goals best.

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College Majors and Careers, 6th Edition - Paul Phifer
Call Number: REFERENCE HF5382.5.U5 P445 2009
ISBN: 9780816076642
Publication Date: 2009
College Majors and Careers addresses the question of selecting the right course of study for the right career. More than 60 majors are linked to over 350 careers. Each major also inlcudes related skills, leisure time activities, personal values, and professional organizations.

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College Majors Handbook with Real Career Paths and Payoffs - Neeta P. Fogg; Paul E. Harrington; Thomas F. Harrington; Laurence Shatkin
Call Number: REFERENCE HF5382.5.U5 F63 2012
ISBN: 1593577710
Publication Date: 2012
This is the only book that provides information on the actual jobs and earnings of college graduates in 50 majors! Based on an updated U.S. Census Bureau study of 170,000 college graduates, this handbook offers accurate and helpful information for making decisions on a college major or what to do with a degree you have already earned. Discover which majors are the best investment, the job and salary prospects for specific majors, the employment growth rates through 2018 for particular majors, what each majors graduates do on the job, how many of a majors graduates go on to additional education, and much more.

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Working in Your Major - Mary E. Ghilani
Call Number: HF5382.7 .G45 2012
ISBN: 9781440803116
Publication Date: 2012-07-01



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50 Best College Majors for a Secure Future - Laurence Shatkin; JIST Publishing Editors
ISBN: 1593577265
Publication Date: 2009-07-01
Guides the reader to the 50 best college majors that connect to more than 100 recession-proof careers.

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Parent's Guide to Colleges and Careers - Barbara Cooke
ISBN: 9781593577858
Publication Date: 2010-04-01
Parents have good reason to be concerned about their kids education and career decisions. A changed job landscape and burdensome college loans loom for many young people. This practical resource helps parents guide their children toward college and occupation choices relevant to todays economy, without micromanaging or hounding.

Journal articles on college majors

Click the link below to search several EBSDO databases on the topic of college majors.  You can refine your results set with a specific major or other key terms once the results come on screen.


  • Search EBSCO for articles on College Majors  Icon
    This link gives you a search for articles about college majors in the four education and one general database covering 2008 to the present. Refine it by adding extra terms when you see the results.

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