Explore Majors and Careers

Explore Majors and Careers


The Penn State Beaver Office of Career Services can help you examine academic majors as they relate to your career interests. The following resources are available to help you explore options for your major.

In addition to the resources below, students are encouraged to visit the Office of Career Services in 115-A Student Union Building. Appointments are encouraged, but students are always welcome to come to the office to be seen, if scheduling permits.

To schedule an appointment, please contact Brenda Schultz, student personal and career counselor, 724-773-3961.

Entrance-to-major requirements and other academic information should be reviewed with your academic adviser or by contacting Gretchen Samchuck, coordinator, Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) and Advising, 724-773-3677. You may also make an appointment with Gretchen Samchuck by contacting Jen Dilts, staff assistant, DUS Office, 724-773-3789, or by visiting her in 102 Ross Administration Building.

Penn State Majors

Undecided on a major?

Consider exploring options by your area(s) of interest through MajorQuest.

What can I do with this major?

Whether you're exploring multiple majors or searching for information about a specific field, the information found at "What can I do with this major?" can help you connect majors to careers. Learn about typical career areas and the employers who hire people with certain majors. This site will also help you learn about strategies that make you a "marketable" candidate and will provide you with research information about majors and careers.


The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) is the government's premier source for career guidance and features hundreds of occupations.

The O*NET program is the nation's primary source of occupational information. The O*NET database, which is central to the project, contains information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. The database, which is free to the public, is continuously updated by surveys conducted with a broad range of workers from each occupation.

Information from this database forms the heart of O*NET OnLine, an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations. The database also provides the basis for our Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers.

The Career Cornerstone Center is an ever-expanding resource for anyone who is interested in exploring career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing, and healthcare. Explore more than 185 degree fields and learn about education requirements, salaries, networking, pre-college ideas, and career planning resources. Browse interviews with hundreds of professionals who offer candid insight into their own diverse careers. Most resources are also available as PowerPoint presentations and podcasts.

The LionLink is a professional networking program that links Penn State students/alumni with Penn State graduates who have volunteered to act as a Career Coach to provide an informational interview with valuable advice on their career/industry.

Today’s Military is a site to help with making a big decision as to whether the Military is a good fit for you.  The information on this site will help you carefully weigh military options and opportunities, along with the benefits service has to offer.

The NACE Salary Calculator was developed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), this salary calculator provides salary ranges based on occupation, geographic region, years of experience, level of education, and college attended.

Develop knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Each year, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) ask employers to rate the Top Qualities and Skills. 

Gain insight into the type of knowledge, skills, and abilities, necessary to succeed in a career field as you learn more about career options. This may shape what you want to gain from your academic classes, your involvement in student organizations, and the types of work experiences you seek. While most career options have certain academic skills required to perform well in a particular job, many skills and qualities are common among employers across career fields.

Graduate School Information

Petersons.com: The Education and Career Center: Use this website to search for colleges, universities, graduate schools, study abroad opportunities, and more. Also, check out the sections on "Financing Education" and "Careers and Jobs."

Get more information on pursing advanced degrees. This link will navigate you to a comprehensive look at a variety of sites that will assist you as you begin your graduate study search.

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