The University of Texas at Dallas

Major and Career Exploration

Choosing a major can feel like an overwhelming decision. So often students associate the major they choose with a specific career path. While there are several majors that lead to fairly defined career paths, the major you choose may or may not directly influence your career decision. Many majors do not necessarily determine your career, but rather help you develop the key transferrable skills you need for many types of jobs.

The University of Texas at Dallas is a rising research powerhouse with eight schools and more than 140 academic degrees including top-ranked programs in business, engineering, science, audiology and arts and technology. There are a lot of options which might make deciding a major seem overwhelming, but the University Career Center is here to help!

What Can I Do With My Major?

Discover some potential career paths associated with several popular majors using the “What Can I do With My Major” resource. Don’t see your major listed in the resource or need more in-depth guidance? Set up an appointment with a Career Consultant to learn more about major exploration and careers for any major.

Get Involved Early

It isn’t unusual for students to explore their career options. We encourage you to utilize all of our services. Career Consultants are available to help you sort through the many possibilities. A Career Consultant may recommend completing some career assessments or they may direct you to the computer-assisted guidance programs to help you explore your values, interests, personality, and skills. There are many resources and University Career Center sponsored programs, workshops, and seminars available to help you learn about occupations matching your requirements. The University Career Center also offers credit career planning courses through several of the schools at UT Dallas.

Take Career Assessments

The University Career Center offers several formal and informal assessments to help you know more about yourself, generate career ideas, or confirm options you may have been considering. These career assessments may also be helpful in choosing an academic major.

Meet with a Career Consultant to discuss how a career assessment might assist you in your decision-making process. Your Career Consultant will select the appropriate assessments with you based upon your specific situation and what you want to learn more about.

Available Career Assessments

  • FOCUS 2 assists with exploring your unique work interests, personality, values, and leisure interests and how they relate to your possible future career plans. Most applicable for underclassmen that have not yet chosen a major to explore. Use the link above to log in or create an account. Be sure to use your UTD email address and the access code, utdcomets.
  • The Strong Interest Inventory – one of the world’s most widely respected and frequently used career planning tools. It has helped both academic and business organizations develop the brightest talent and has guided thousands of individuals in their search for a rich and fulfilling career. Schedule a career advising appointment with your career consultant to determine if this is the assessment for you.
  • The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator – the most widely used personality inventory in history. Knowing your personality type, as measured through the MBTI, can help you with career planning at every stage. Learning about your attitudes and mental functions with the MBTI instrument can help you pinpoint occupational fields that favor your personality style and values. Schedule a career advising appointment with your career consultant to determine if this is the assessment for you.

Online Occupational Information

  • Occupational Information Network (O*NET) – The O*NET Program is the nation’s primary source of occupational information. It contains hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors on almost 1,000 occupations covering the entire U.S. economy. It is developed under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).
  • The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) – Published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics – The Occupational Outlook Handbook can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.
  • BuzzfileBuzzfile has mapped approximately 125 college majors to the specific companies and industries that employ graduates of those majors. It is an easy way to learn more about how specific majors are utilized in different companies and organizations.

Credit Career Planning Courses

The University Career Center offers credit career planning classes that you may apply as upper-level elective credit on your degree plan. Ask your Academic Advisor how these classes may be applied on your specific degree plan. Check the Class Schedule for specific information.

Schedule an appointment with a Career Consultant through Handshake to learn more about all of the many services available to you.