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Job outcomes for open-ended majors

January 18, 2017

Every major offers career opportunities, but some are more open-ended than others. For nursing and education majors, most know exactly what they’ll be doing post graduation, but the same cannot be said for everyone else. If you choose a less specific major, you may question what life after college will look like for you, but with open-ended majors come different (and sometimes more) opportunities.

1. Communication

Many people may be curious about what to do with a communication degree because of how broad it is, but you can easily target a specialty depending on your interests. Try one of these careers:

  • Public relations specialist
  • Event planner
  • Human resources officer

All three of these jobs focus on the core skills taught in the discipline—excellent public speaking and presenting skills and the ability to write well and create convincing arguments. Employers value these soft skills regardless of the field.

2. English

A degree in English is another one that may leave you a little unsure of what to go into after graduation, but you actually have more options than you would think. The following are only a few of the possibilities:

  • Journalist
  • Public relations specialist
  • Technical writer
  • Corporate blogger

Journalism and teaching may be some more well-known options, but people don’t always think about English majors working in PR or becoming corporate bloggers. A large portion of public relations deals with writing news releases or crafting newsletters, which would be perfect for an English major. Corporate blogging is also a great option that some people don’t even realize exists! In the past 10 years, the demand in this field has increased, and lots of big companies are looking for candidates. As a corporate blogger or business content strategist, you will be creating branding tools, brainstorming article ideas, responding to customer feedback, and, as you could imagine, writing lots of posts for the company blog or other social media channels.

3. Kinesiology

Generally, people only relate kinesiology to sports, but there are many more options, including the following:

  • Athletic trainer
  • Corporate wellness manager
  • Physical education instructor
  • Nutritionist

While studying kinesiology, you learn sports physiology, nutrition, human anatomy, fitness testing and other marketable skills. Becoming a corporate wellness manager, for example, would be perfect for someone who studied kinesiology but has an interest in business too. In this role, you would work for a company, promoting wellness for employees and organizing different activities and events related to fitness and nutrition.

4. Political Science

While studying political science, students learn the inner workings of the government and how to develop policy, analyze data and conduct research.

  • Attorney or lawyer
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Government employee or social/legal advocate

Being an attorney or lawyer will require additional education, so if that’s where you’re headed, this degree is where to start. Law careers involve enforcing government rules and advocating for people through research and analytics. Government and advocacy jobs are also possibilities. These types of positions can range from city planning to legislature to CIA intelligence.

5. History

Degrees in history are focused on three major things: reading, writing and research. This major also includes thinking critically and analytically. Consider the following options to put this degree to work:

  • Researcher
  • Museum worker
  • Educator

One career path that could include a few different jobs for a history graduate would be to work in a museum. Museums employ archivists, historians, and even librarians. Archivists manage information and keep record of things that are crucial for the operation of a business. Historians research, study and write about the past. And museum librarians could do a number of things including preserving collections, displaying historic objects or conducting research. Each of these jobs involves skills that come from studying history, and would be a perfect fit.

Interested in learning more about these or other majors available at NNU? Visit love.nnu.edu/academics.

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