University at Albany

Exploring majors and careers

Some careers require that you major in a specific subject and others do not.

There are many different types of careers. Some require that you get a specific degree or study a specific major.  Many require that you have a bachelor’s degree and expect you to learn job specific skills in the workplace.

You may need a specific degree if the career you want:

  • Requires a license such as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or a Mental Health Counselor
  • Is in the field of health care like nursing, dentistry, or physical therapy
  • Is in the field of science and technology like computer programmer or lab technician.

Many areas in business are more interested in your transferable skills than your degree.  These skill include:

  • People skills
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Motivation and initiative

These careers can include Sales, Marketing, Management, and Human Resources

If you know your major, you can explore related careers or careers based on your interests.
If you have not chosen a major yet, you can explore careers based on interests or get advice on picking a major.
If you need information about a specific career see our online resources

If you would like to talk to a counselor, make an appointment