Perhaps It’s Time to Consider Majors that are Sustainable in Tough Times
Students usually choose their majors over time. I have always been a fan of taking a variety of classes until you find the ones that you enjoy most and choosing a major around that. Every school, including UCF, has its more popular majors as well. However; in these unprecedented times, students might want to take recent events into consideration when choosing a major.
As with any major event, such as a recession, war, or, in this case, a pandemic, there is a shift in what type of degree a student may want to consider pursuing. Certainly, the job market will look different in the future. Contemplating what jobs were sustainable throughout the pandemic may also help in the decision-making process.
For instance, public health, which can include hospital management, infectious disease, and clinical research among other things, was already a fast-growing major but may continue to grow due to an upcoming need. Similarly, we definitely learned the significance of our health-care workers. There are many avenues that can stem from majors in the Health Sciences or Health Services Administration, which is one of UCF’s strongest majors. A degree in Health Services Administration is now available online and in the classroom. Along those same lines, UCF’s degree in Biomedical Sciences may be one to consider as well. Uniquely, UCF’s Nursing RN (B.S.N.) may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online; however, entrance to the program can be rather stringent.
More Major Ideas
Teaching has undoubtedly taken on a new lens, aside from many having a newfound respect for the value of a good educator. UCF offers degrees in both Elementary Education and Secondary Education. However, while the look of education has also been altered, teachers will always be needed and now could also benefit from a background in computer sciences, which UCF offers as well.
The food industry is undoubtedly in for some changes, but people are going to be needed in various food services whether it is in management or administration of restaurants or grocery store chains, etc. Check out what UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management has to offer and their related programs.
Politics in one form or another, particularly since politicians and government seemed to have become an integral part of our daily lives, could be worth considering. UCF’s Political Sciences major has various programs from International Relations to American Politics and Policy, etc. Wellness from mental health to new forms of fitness (particularly those that can be done remotely) have increased in popularity as well, so a major in psychology or a degree from UCF’s School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy may be in order.
Majors in engineering (UCF’s Mechanical Engineering major is rather popular). Computer programming, which includes software development is as well. Finance, which can prepare students for careers in corporate finance, investments, banking and real estate or Economics, that provides students with skills and training for careers in business, law, government, politics, teaching, research, and a variety of other areas lead to stable, higher-paying jobs that will undoubtedly remain popular, but it can’t hurt to consider what jobs can be done remotely as well.
In addition to choosing a major, students may want to add some skills like mastering Photoshop, Google-drive, Zoom, data analysis, computer programming, proficiency in a second (or third) language. There are many certificate programs that can be done outside of college classes that can only enhance your employability. Increasing your knowledge escalates your value to potential employers.
Some college majors may be changing and many are offered almost solely online. New ones may be added and others may disappear. Find out what major programs are of interest to you and how UCF school can help you decide. Knight advising will be most updated on any recent changes to majors and their programs.
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