Majors and Careers

Did you know that most careers do not require a specific major? Many students will select a major that aligns with based on their interests or abilities, which is often the same way students will select a career.

This does not mean that majors and careers are the same. A major represents the academic knowledge you have developed in one field, while a career can represent many areas of knowledge, skills you have gained, and other experiences. 

Most recruiters and employers do not specify majors for their opportunities. They usually look for experience that shows you have the skills and qualifications related to what they need.  There are different ways to explore majors and careers. Below are a few possible approaches and resources to get you started.

Selecting a major

Exploring industries and RU-N majors

Exploring career options

  • Vault: in-depth intelligence on what it’s like to work in an industry, company, or profession—and how to position yourself to land that job (in Resources within Rutgers-Newark Handshake)


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