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Posted: 3/12/2011 10:10:02 AM EST
So I am finally to the point in my life where I can afford to go to college.

What should I major in? I was thinking IT management, computer sciences, or petroleum engineering.

Does ARFCOM have an opinion on these fields?

Does ARFCOM have any other suggestions?
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 10:11:07 AM EST
University Studies...trust me, this one's good.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 10:11:28 AM EST
Engineering, accounting, or medicine IMHO.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 10:11:35 AM EST
Not finance, leave those jobs for me when I get out
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 10:12:22 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/12/2011 10:12:53 AM EST by ElectricSheep556]
A Major in Women's Studies with a Minor in African-American History.

You'll be either flipping burgers or running for office, in no time!
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 10:12:51 AM EST
Originally Posted By TheGunCollector:
Engineering, accounting, or medicine IMHO.


Pretty much what I figured.

Math or medical... Yay!

Ah well, I can do it.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 10:13:02 AM EST
IT security
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 10:14:07 AM EST
Originally Posted By ElectricSheep556:
A Major in Women's Studies with a Minor in African-American History.

You'll be either flipping burgers or running for office, in no time!


This. Four-year degrees aren't worth a fuck anymore.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 10:14:47 AM EST
Originally Posted By Tekpc007:
IT security


One of the top runners. IT security seems to be one of the best options in the IT field.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 10:15:30 AM EST

Originally Posted By TheJacket:
Originally Posted By TheGunCollector:
Engineering, accounting, or medicine IMHO.


Pretty much what I figured.

Math or medical... Yay!

Ah well, I can do it.

I did Biomedical...Great job in clinical sales now!
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 10:17:36 AM EST
Something that cannot be easily outsourced or else you better be so damn good people come looking for you (IT, accounting, technical writing, testing, and even security are all outsource prone). Corporate America is run by those with a short-term vision focused clearly on the next annual report. Pick a field that requires your presence on location to do it, or go into it planning on competing with everyone else in the world for that job.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 10:18:11 AM EST
Medicine if you have the dough. Best 6 freaking years of my life (it's 6 years in Turkey), worked hard, partied way harder and made some great friends. I don't regret shit.

If not, I have nothing


Link Posted: 3/12/2011 10:18:23 AM EST
Originally Posted By TheJacket:
Originally Posted By TheGunCollector:
Engineering, accounting, or medicine IMHO.


Pretty much what I figured.

Math or medical... Yay!

Ah well, I can do it.


If you don't like the math, it may not be the route for you.
What would you like to do after you get your degree?
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 10:22:05 AM EST
Originally Posted By Stryfe:
Originally Posted By TheJacket:
Originally Posted By TheGunCollector:
Engineering, accounting, or medicine IMHO.


Pretty much what I figured.

Math or medical... Yay!

Ah well, I can do it.


If you don't like the math, it may not be the route for you.
What would you like to do after you get your degree?


I have strong mathematical skills, I just don't like it.

What would I like to do? Make money... lol

In all seriousness, I love dealing with computers and networking. I'm just a bit worried about losing employment due to outsourcing. The majority of our IT group is actually in India... Bleh.


Link Posted: 3/12/2011 10:23:24 AM EST
I've been hearing about nuclear engineering a lot lately
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 10:27:25 AM EST
I have been thinking about industrial engineering but I think that would mean becoming a consultant in the end.


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Link Posted: 3/12/2011 10:28:02 AM EST
Originally Posted By jwidman:
I've been hearing about nuclear engineering a lot lately


Would love to get into it. It just isn't offered at the schools I can attend.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 10:29:27 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/12/2011 10:30:29 AM EST by skebe]
Double tap.

Maybe get into robotics....

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Link Posted: 3/12/2011 10:32:00 AM EST
Art History


No, not really, but you could stick it in alot of crazy
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 10:35:29 AM EST
Politics 101 or "How to become President of America when you have neither common sense or patriotism"
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 10:36:07 AM EST
Petroleum Engineering. I don't see a lessening demand for engineers in the energy field anytime soon. It's just too diverse a field with too few qualified folks.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 10:36:17 AM EST

Originally Posted By effinNewGuy:
Politics 101 or "How to become President of America when you have neither common sense or patriotism"

silly fuck, thats only for Harvard students
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 10:38:35 AM EST
i'm finishing my philosophy degree in may, and headed back immediately for a degree in either hydrogeology or water resource management. jobs in the geography sector are growing at something like 15% per year, even in the recession, and job growth in the water sector is only going to accelerate.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 10:43:59 AM EST
Engineering. Pick your favorite flavor.

It will not be fun, but the income potential is there.

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Link Posted: 3/12/2011 10:49:13 AM EST

Originally Posted By TheJacket:
Originally Posted By Stryfe:
Originally Posted By TheJacket:
Originally Posted By TheGunCollector:
Engineering, accounting, or medicine IMHO.


Pretty much what I figured.

Math or medical... Yay!

Ah well, I can do it.


If you don't like the math, it may not be the route for you.
What would you like to do after you get your degree?


I have strong mathematical skills, I just don't like it.

What would I like to do? Make money... lol

In all seriousness, I love dealing with computers and networking. I'm just a bit worried about losing employment due to outsourcing. The majority of our IT group is actually in India... Bleh.



Astute observation. Programming can sometimes be outsourced to low-wage countries. Some admin tasks are in the process of being offloaded into cloud environments or handed off completely to hosting companies. The trick there is to move into areas that are difficult to outsource. Security is a good one; so is technical project management. And if there are computers and a network for employees to use, someone has to maintain that.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 10:55:30 AM EST
My advise, get something satisfying. Best way to do that, is see how satisfied others are with their choices. Then customize to your tastes.

http://www.fabulouslybroke.com/2010/11/the-most-unsatisfying-degrees-ranked-by-college-degree/


In your case, you don't like math. So skip the engineering and accounting. Looks like MIS should be the top of your list to investigate, then continue down the list until you find something that doesn't automatically strike you as unappealing, investigated, continue.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 10:59:25 AM EST
major in spanish...you'll need it soon enough
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 11:03:04 AM EST
Health and Safety / Industrial Hygiene
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 11:03:18 AM EST
Accounts and Engineers don't have the job security and pay scale they used to. We've been importing those people from India, who have the brains but work for half the pay. Ask Publix and Geico about it.

I'd go Medical.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 11:03:55 AM EST

Originally Posted By lazyengineer:
My advise, get something satisfying. Best way to do that, is see how satisfied others are with their choices. Then customize to your tastes.

http://www.fabulouslybroke.com/2010/11/the-most-unsatisfying-degrees-ranked-by-college-degree/
http://www.fabulouslybroke.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/job-satisfaction-majors.gif

In your case, you don't like math. So skip the engineering and accounting. Looks like MIS should be the top of your list to investigate, then continue down the list until you find something that doesn't automatically strike you as unappealing, investigated, continue.

but Arfcom tells me that if you dont major in engineering, you will make minimum wage for the rest of your life.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 11:08:20 AM EST
You can't lose with engineering but I'm not sure petroleum would be a good career choice. I wish I would have done mechanical engineering... if nothing else you can build cool stuff. I got an MBA and i just sit at a desk.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 11:22:56 AM EST
Medical, become a Murse
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 11:23:32 AM EST
Originally Posted By lazyengineer:
My advise, get something satisfying. Best way to do that, is see how satisfied others are with their choices. Then customize to your tastes.

http://www.fabulouslybroke.com/2010/11/the-most-unsatisfying-degrees-ranked-by-college-degree/
http://www.fabulouslybroke.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/job-satisfaction-majors.gif

In your case, you don't like math. So skip the engineering and accounting. Looks like MIS should be the top of your list to investigate, then continue down the list until you find something that doesn't automatically strike you as unappealing, investigated, continue.


I looked into MIS. The only issue with that was the fact that the school I will most likely attend doesn't have that as an option.

MIS was the frontrunner until I realized this...

Link Posted: 3/12/2011 11:25:00 AM EST
Originally Posted By THOLL223:
Medical, become a Murse


I'm not the nursing type. I did consider it, briefly.

Link Posted: 3/12/2011 12:00:33 PM EST
Originally Posted By THOLL223:
Medical, become a Murse


This you can work anywhere
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 12:03:08 PM EST
Originally Posted By markg1117:
Originally Posted By THOLL223:
Medical, become a Murse


This you can work anywhere


If only I was the nurturing type... I wouldn't do well with changing bed pans and getting pissed on.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 12:05:10 PM EST
Originally Posted By TheJacket:
Originally Posted By markg1117:
Originally Posted By THOLL223:
Medical, become a Murse


This you can work anywhere


If only I was the nurturing type... I wouldn't do well with changing bed pans and getting pissed on.


There are other types of nurses...

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Link Posted: 3/12/2011 12:12:55 PM EST
The engineering fields are good choices. Might check out alternative fuel engineering. It seems like it is a growing field.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 1:21:56 PM EST
Accounting, Engineering or Nursing.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 1:36:33 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/12/2011 1:37:41 PM EST by Stryfe]
Originally Posted By TooBigToFail:
You can't lose with engineering but I'm not sure petroleum would be a good career choice. I wish I would have done mechanical engineering... if nothing else you can build cool stuff. I got an MBA and i just sit at a desk.


If you makes you feel any better, look at it this way. An ME designs a model airplane (Mechanical Design), a skilled laborer assembles it (Manufacturing/Assembly), and then an EE gets to fly it (Controls/Software Design).

As an EE, I spend my days on the shop floor playing with the machines the MEs design. I get to drive, they have to ask me to make their machine do what they want.

So, you should really wish you were an EE if you don't like sitting at a desk all day.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 1:41:25 PM EST
Originally Posted By Stantonizm:
The engineering fields are good choices. Might check out alternative fuel engineering. It seems like it is a growing field.


What the fuck is alternative fuel engineering? Sounds like electrical blended with chemical and a dash of mechanical.

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Link Posted: 3/12/2011 1:45:48 PM EST

Originally Posted By markg1117:
Originally Posted By THOLL223:
Medical, become a Murse


This you can work anywhere

Sure, if you have 5-30 years experience. If you're just out of school, sucks to be you. In a lot of markets, it's very, very hard for new grads to get jobs. It isn't the 2004 heydays anymore.

And they do import Filipino nurses if a place is critically short. In a technical sense, health care can't be outsourced, but you can still be displaced.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 1:46:43 PM EST
Looks like the school I am going to attend does have an option for MIS.

I like the fact that it's business and tech oriented.

Does anyone have any experience with MIS career options or any insight into job outlook for such a field?
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 1:46:58 PM EST
Pharmacy school.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 1:48:56 PM EST
Aerospace is booming...especially unmanned stuff.

Go with Aerospace Engineer to start with...Electrical as a backup.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 1:49:26 PM EST

Originally Posted By Ohio_Bill:
Pharmacy school.

Link Posted: 3/12/2011 1:49:32 PM EST
IT, Healthcare, Criminal Justice. All three are and will reamain in high demand
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 1:52:36 PM EST
Originally Posted By sm711:
IT, Healthcare, Criminal Justice. All three are and will reamain in high demand


What can one do with a criminal justice degree?
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 1:55:27 PM EST
Originally Posted By TheJacket:
Originally Posted By sm711:
IT, Healthcare, Criminal Justice. All three are and will reamain in high demand


What can one do with a criminal justice degree?


Stand in line with a whole bunch of other CJ degree holders hoping for a job in a local PD.

Link Posted: 3/12/2011 1:56:31 PM EST
Originally Posted By VACaver:
Originally Posted By TheJacket:
Originally Posted By sm711:
IT, Healthcare, Criminal Justice. All three are and will reamain in high demand


What can one do with a criminal justice degree?


Stand in line with a whole bunch of other CJ degree holders hoping for a job in a local PD.



That's what I thought.

I don't want to be a cop. I like dogs too much.
Link Posted: 3/12/2011 2:13:57 PM EST
No matter what you get your not going to be able to get a job right out of the gates anymore.

I have two friends that graduated in 10' from KU, one is a petroleum engineer (top 5% of his class) and the other is electrical, they both work at home depot.

A lot of companies don't have R&D money right now and the engineer pool is getting pretty deep.
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