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Choosing a Career


What are some things you like to do?

  • Reading
  • Science
  • Building & Fixing Things
  • Music & Arts
  • Managing Money
  • Computers
  • Social Studies

What skills do you have?

Evaluate school, volunteer, work, or leisure experiences.

Make lists of your school activities and volunteer work you have done.

After you have explored your interests and skills, determine the relationship between your skills and interests and possible careers.

Matching Careers to Degrees

One benefit of going to college is that you have more careers to choose from when you finish. Here are some sample careers and types of degrees they usually require.

Two Years of College
(Associate Degree or Apprenticeship)

Four Years of College
(Bachelor’s Degree)

More Than Four Years of College
(Graduate Degree)

  • Auto Mechanic
  • Cardiovascular Technologist
  • Computer Technician
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Engineering Technician
  • Hotel/Restaurant Manager
  • Paralegal
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Registered Nurse
  • Surveyor

  • Accountant
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Clinical Laboratory Technologist
  • Construction Manager
  • Engineer
  • Federal Agent
  • Graphic Designer
  • Journalist
  • Landscape Architect
  • Physician Assistant
  • Social Worker
  • Teacher

  • Advanced-Practice Nurse
  • Archaeologist
  • College Professor
  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Economist
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Physical Therapist
  • Psychologist
  • Scientist
  • Veterinarian


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