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What do I major in and what emphasis makes the best money?

Autumn Larson's Profile

Business Major salary PotentialI recently got my GED so I have to start at a tech school in libral arts to transfer to the university but I don't know what to major in and what emphases I should be concentrating on so I know what classes I should take. I have 4 boys, one of which has kidney disease so Im trying to figure out what makes the best money. I'd like to have everything mapped out for a great career to support my family. Any advice would be VERY appreciated!!


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Christie Jahn
Title: CFO
Company: Prime Investments & Development
(CFO, Prime Investments & Development) |


This really depends on what your skills are. What do you have to offer an employer and what areas do you excel?
While I understand that money means a lot to your situation you should consider doing something that you enjoy and will make you happy. I have witnessed time and time again people doing jobs they don't like and it never ends well for the person or the employer so just keep that in mind.

Edward Thill
Title: VP - Finance & Operations
Company: Performance Trust
(VP - Finance & Operations, Performance Trust) |

Playing off Christie's comment, I think you're asking the wrong question. The chances are poor that you would find great success in a career for which you have no passion and that doesn't play off your strengths. There is no "one answer" for all people. I would recommend speaking with a school counselor to discuss your strengths and interests and with that basis, discuss which fields might best help you monetize those key aspects of who YOU are.

Ted Monohon
Title: VP -Finance / Controller
Company: Fantex
(VP -Finance / Controller, Fantex) |

Your community college should have some resources available to allow you to explore what your skills are and how they will translate into a good paying career. Typically they have in person counseling sessions to help you out. Good luck!

Jill Nickerson
Title: CFO
Company: In Transition
(CFO, In Transition) |

The community college is a great place to start. They will have technical training paths to a number of very good paying careers. They should also have information on what is in high demand. Like everyone has said, make sure you are interested in what you pursue. Otherwise you won't excel.

Topic Expert
Mike Caruana
Title: Director of Financial Services
Company: Diamond Resorts International
(Director of Financial Services, Diamond Resorts International) |

It's great that you're already envisioning yourself as a COO in your organization. Assuming that you truly enjoy Operations, you likely already realize how varied that role can be...especially when you look at it in different industries. I agree that you should definitely start by consulting the career planning office at your school. You should also consider purchasing "Career Mapping for Climbing Managers" by Dorothy Tannehill-Moran. It's inexpensive, well regarded, and covers a lot of what you'll want to hash out as you begin your journey toward a fulfilling career...but no matter what, pursue a career that you'll thoroughly enjoy instead of chasing salary.


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