A common myth about choosing a major is that your major determines the type of job you can get after college. While it's true that some majors may lead to higher-paying jobs, very few majors are directly connected with specific careers. Employers are actually looking for employees to have transferable skills, and it is up to you to articulate the value you have gained from your studies, internships, student clubs, informational interviews or other experiences that are relevant to an employer.
Explore Career Options by Degree
What can I do with my degree? is a great starting point when you are unsure what jobs relate to your undergraduate major. All active UC Davis majors are listed with information about related fields (job titles, work places and professional organizations) and where recent UC Davis alumni have found internships and jobs.
Factors to Consider
When exploring your potential career options, there are many factors to consider, such as:
The perfect job for you may be known by several different titles. What jobs lead to this career goal? Where do you go if you want to specialize or advance? The resources below can help address these questions.
Evaluate the skills you have gained in your academic coursework, activities, internships, volunteering, and jobs. Complete our skills inventory.
Is it important for you to be moving and active at work? At a desk all day? Using your body as well as your brain? Do you have any physical limitations in a workplace? Will you need any accommodations in your job?
Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Provides an “A to Z List of Disabilities and Accommodations” as well as specific links to learn more about job accommodation, adaptive technology and related topics.
Job Market Trends
Are there job openings in your field? Are openings replacing retirees or growing? Where are the job openings? What is the typical pay range? Check out the resources below for both national and state-by-state trends.
Working in Other Countries
If your career goals involve working outside the United States, you will need to research the requirements and work permits for your country of interest.
International students looking for work or internships outside the United States and not in their home country, should first discuss visa requirements with advisers at the UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars.
Below is a list of reliable websites where you can obtain detailed information about careers. Each site offers unique resources and approaches in providing information about fields of work.
- California Career Zone
Houses California-specific information on 900 jobs and 24 career families which can be especially helpful in looking at job market trends and training requirements that vary by state. Take the online career assessments to determine your interests, values and skills; assessments generate a list of related careers. A portion of the job descriptions have career videos featuring an overview of the occupation.
Provides national, state and local career, labor market, and workforce information using online tools, videos, and links to job search services. Start here in your search to access a wide range of information. Offers specific resources for Military Veterans. Excellent if you are doing an out-of-state job search.
- O*NET Occupational Information Network
Provides tools for career exploration and job analysis. Offers free on-line career profilers including “My Next Move,” which will help connect you to possible careers that align with your interests. Allows you to find occupations by category including industry, skills performed, education needed, green careers, and STEM. Advanced Search lets you see careers related to your values, abilities and interests.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
From the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the easy to use OOH offers hundreds of readable job descriptions that can be searched for by job title or by job family. Useful search options allow you to narrow by salary, job growth projections, and level of education required. It can be easier to use the OOH when you have a general idea of the job titles or job families that interest you.