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Degrees and jobs

Seniors.yikes.usSeniors.yikes.us Registered User Posts: 160 Junior Member
Sorry to impose myself on the parents forum, but I'm kind of curious about two things
-What degree you got in college (and anything afterwards)
-What job you now have.
I figure a large part of college is realizing everything out there. At the moment, my knowledge of professions is fairly limited. Most people have gone for 'trades' to a degree in my family, ranging from funeral director to doctor. However I'd like to know how distant people go form their degrees--even with my teachers, a fair number came from a very different area before coming to our school.
Thank you.

Replies to: Degrees and jobs

  • thumper1thumper1 Registered User Posts: 63,509 Senior Member
    I'm not sure how much help this will be...but...

    My bachelors and masters are in speech pathology...and I was a career speech pathologist.

    My post masters work was in a variety of education related areas including reading, administration, and special education.
  • poblob14poblob14 Registered User Posts: 406 Member
    B.S. in Biology
    A.A.S. in Respiratory Therapy
    Almost two semesters of computer programming classes in community college
    J.D. - currently a practicing government lawyer.
  • shortnukeshortnuke Registered User Posts: 248 Junior Member
    B.S. Civil Engineering
    Navy commission, nuclear engineer
    Left Navy after 7 years to pursue IT Career
    System analyst to technical project manager to system architect roles
    M.S. Medical Informatics
    Currently working as IT Sales Consultant for Fortune 100 Compan

    What a long, strange trip it's been.
  • MAandMEmomMAandMEmom Registered User Posts: 857 Member
    I always knew I'd work in the "computer" field as they called it back in the day. My path is boring comparatively...
    A.S. in Computer Programming
    B.S. in Computer Information Systems
    B.A. in Computer Science
    M.S. in Computer Information Systems
    Chief Information Officer in higher education
  • HImomHImom Registered User Posts: 29,534 Senior Member
    BA in sociology, JD afterwards. Have been trial attorney, special ed hearing officer, traffic Court Judge and now run a nonprofit devoted to lung health advocacy and education.

    H has a BA in accounting and worked for 45 years on computers, systems analysis, telecommunications.

    S has BEE and works on robotics, project management, wearable tech and EE.

    My relatives with teaching degrees teach, in classrooms or as tutors. The MDs are practicing medicine, JDs are practicing law, DDS is being a dentist.

    I'm not sure what your question is designed to do. Perhaps career counseling at your school can help guide you or help you with shadowing or mentirship opportunities.
  • wis75wis75 Registered User Posts: 12,369 Senior Member
    You should check with your HS guidance department about careers. There are aptitude/interest tests out there- community colleges and four year colleges/U's have career centers as well with tests available.

    People have many facets, interests, aptitudes et al. Many possible paths. Need to ultimately choose one to do at a time- can change later.
  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 29,530 Senior Member
    The Book of Majors (from Collegeboard) is pretty useful. It gives degree info and possible career options for each one.
  • SweetbeetSweetbeet Registered User Posts: 563 Member
    BS in biochemistry and physiology. Was thinking med school. Applied to one, got waitlisted.
    Worked in a lab, got into computer programming, worked as a programmer for 4 years.
    Went to law school.
    Passed the patent bar, did patent law for a year pr so.
    Worked as a court attorney (judicial clerk) for 17 years.
    Hung out shingle, worked as a trust/estate lawyer for 9 years (so far).
    Still love programming. And biology. And my current work.
  • colfac92colfac92 Registered User Posts: 218 Junior Member
  • college_querycollege_query Registered User Posts: 3,993 Senior Member
    I graduated 34 years ago:

    BA in Religious Studies
    Started but did not finish a Master of Divinity

    I have worked in IT in higher ed for the past 15 years. Before that, I mostly worked in administrative assistant type positions.
  • happy1happy1 Registered User Posts: 18,206 Senior Member
    edited May 9
    BS in Accounting
    Worked as a CPA, a consultant, and in municipal bond finance.
    All in the business arena, but very different jobs.
  • Peruna1998Peruna1998 Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    B.A. in History and Political Science
    M.Litt. in International Security Studies

    Currently, own a small firm in the "flyover" and practice corporate/transactional and real estate law.
  • MassmommMassmomm Registered User Posts: 2,810 Senior Member
    edited May 9
    I think the OP asks a great question. Very few people know all of the career possibilities when they start (and even when they finish) college.

    There's a reason why little kids always say things like "teacher" or "firefighter" when you ask them what they want to be when they grow up. They're just telling you the things they know, not what they really want.

    A better question for college kids is "what FIRST job can this major lead to?" Because it's the first job that will lead to the next, and to the first career.
  • Sambar99Sambar99 Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    BS in Business Administration with emphasis in accounting. First job out of college was an auditor with a Big 4 accounting firm (was the Big 8 when I started). Majored in accounting because I thought that I would have my own business and that accounting background would help with back office stuff. However, you never know where life will take you. I have only worked for others in my career, but at each place after KPMG I have had an ownership stake.
  • LeastComplicatedLeastComplicated Registered User Posts: 572 Member
    BS in Agriculture (Forestry)
    First job out of college was with a Landscape Management Company in a large city where I mowed grass and supervised a crew of guys for four months - that's all I could handle of that - but the crew was great.
    Got a temp job for 2 years with a Federal Government Agency
    Then got a permanent job with the same Agency at about 27 years old.
    Retired after 25 years.
    Had to relocate several times for promotions/job advancement.
    Husband had same career path with the same degree, but it took him until he was 30 to get his first permanent job.
    There aren't as many "pure" Forestry degree programs now. Most are more in the broader area of "Natural Resource Management" which was necessary given the decline in Professional Forester positions, but the curriculum has been watered down a lot (as far as percentage of forestry related classes in the curriculum).
    Similar degrees would be: Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife Biology, Hydrology, Entomology, Botany, Soil Science, Geography/GIS, Environmental Studies, Communications, Range Management, etc.
    If I had to do it all over again, I would've gotten a Masters in Ornithology - I think that would have been more up my alley.
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