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Major & Career Exploration
Transcript of Major & Career Exploration
Many of you want to understand the connection between your field of study and specific occupations.
Though some of you will work in a profession directly related to your major, others will find jobs because you have a college degree and possess qualities and skills that employers value.
It is important to remember that these skills can be developed not only through course work, but by doing internships, getting involved in campus activities and working part time.
Next, you will see the career paths of three Stony Brook alumni.
How the Career Center Can Help
Interest & Personality Assessments
Community Service Opportunities
Career Planning Courses
Career Advisors Network (CAN)
Job Postings on
Now Start Exploring!
Major & Career Exploration
Major = Money?
Major = Graduate Degree?
and the health professions
require a specific major but
require certain courses, including sciences.
require specific academic preparation but value strong writing and analytical skills.
require specific academic preparation but
ask for work experience.
Major = Career?
- Sherwin Williams CEO
Ursula K. LeGuin
Major: Mathematics & Engineering
- Retired Professional Soccer Player:
Major: Political Science
Money depends NOT on major, BUT on a combination of factors, such as: professional success, field/industry, company/organization, geographical location/region, and so on.
Majors that provide knowledge of a field including natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics, arts, and humanities.
Majors that focus on a solitary profession.
Career Counseling Intern
Higher Education Professional
Part-Time Bank Teller
Understands different cultures
Can work with numbers
Contact the Career Center
The Career Center is located in W-0550 Melville Library
(at the foot of the Zebra Path)
Office Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Walk-in Hours: 10am - 12pm
Receptionist in Doctor's Office
Member of Global Medical Brigades
Understanding of science and lab techniques
Healthcare Management position
Sample Career Path: English Major
Sample Career Path: Sociology Major
Sample Career Path: Biology Major
Before Selecting a Major
Journey from College to Jobs & Careers
Stony Brook University offers a mix of majors: broad, specific, and in-between.
Employability will rely primarily on experience.
Today’s employers and graduate admissions officers expect students to have a diverse range of majors.