Choosing a degree level is fairly straight forward, and to some extent, depends on your available time and budget. However, choosing a subject and a profession that interests you, there is a wide field of opportunity. You may be drawn to some subjects, or you may discover that certain fields simply match your talents and salary expectations more so than others.

Ultimately, choosing a career and a career path depends on five factors:

• Finding a subject that you will be able to enjoy for years on end
• Choosing an active market with a strong need for qualified applicants
• Choosing a skill or profession that you have a natural talent for
• Choosing a career path that has a traditional path to advancement
• Choosing a career that fits your lifestyle

You cannot underestimate any of these factors. Obviously, you want to choose a career field that interests you, in addition you have the skill to do it, but at the same time, if the market is lacking or if there is no traditional path to advancement, you may find that you are overqualified in education for a non-existent job. Another neglected step is that your chosen profession should match your lifestyle. Are you prepared for the educational requirements, the training phase, the entry-level job, and the advancement opportunities—not to mention the demands that will challenge you professionally, technically, artistically and personally?

Here are some of the most important career fields to consider. What category does your dream job fall under? Remember that primary studies can be combined with secondary studies for an even stronger resume.


Arts, Sciences, Humanities

Careers: Teaching, law, public service,
Compatible Subjects: Sociology, philosophy, literature

Law and Criminal Justice

Careers: Lawyers, Law enforcement, criminology, corrections, forensics
Compatible Subjects: Psychology, Private Investigator, medical examination


Careers: Management, Chief Financial Officer, marketing, hospitality
Compatible Subjects: Information technology, human resources, international business

Public Policy and Safety

Careers: Civil service, government agencies, NASA, USPS,
Compatible Subjects: Criminology, economics, accounting, engineering


Careers: Teacher, librarian, writer/editor, manager, guidance counselor
Compatible Subjects: English, foreign language


Careers: Software developer, web developer, analyst, database administrator
Compatible Subjects: Information Technology, computer programming


Careers: Aerospace, agriculture, bioengineering, mechanics, civil engineering
Compatible Subjects: Mathematics, physics, chemistry, circuitry

Religious Studies

Careers: Ministry, education, counseling, psychology, social work
Compatible Subjects: Political science, history, foreign language, business

Health & Human Resources

Careers: Nurse, EMTs, physician, biologist, economist, budget analyst
Compatible Subjects: Psychology, radiography, sonography, marketing

Trades and Vocational Careers

Careers: Landscaper, automotive repair, construction, woodworkers, hairdresser


Consider also careers that are currently on the rise in their outlook and earning potential.

Professions and Salary*

Anesthesiologists, $232,830
Chief Executives, $176,840
Nurse Anesthetists, $154,390
Lawyer, $130,880
Mathematicians, $101,280
Art Directors, $94,260
Civil Engineers, $84,140
Web Administrators, $81,860
Video Game Designers, $81,860
Detectives and Criminal Investigators, $77,860
Writers and Authors, $68,420
Fraud Examiners, Investigators and Analysts, $67,020

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012