Choosing the right major for you

Before going back to school, consider your career options to help you choose the right major

These days, it is not uncommon to see adults going back to school to pursue a college degree. Whether they lost a job as a result of the recent recession or simply want to change careers, becoming adult learners may be able to help.

As college is a significant investment of adults’ time and money, many of them may have concerns about their employment prospects following graduation. While students should definitely pursue a degree in a subject that interests them, learning about the state of the industry they wish to enter cannot hurt.

“Hard Times 2013,” a recent report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce offers a look at the employment conditions students can expect in multiple fields. For example, individuals who wish to enroll in nursing, finance or education programs are all expected to see low unemployment rates.

On the other hand, students with an interest in fields like architecture, film and political science may have trouble finding jobs. Still, many higher education experts say passion has to play a role in what major adult learners settle on.

“If they’re not interested or suited [to] the major that they choose – and ultimately, even more so, the job that they choose – they won’t be any good at it,” Anthony Carnevale, director of the Center on Education and the Workforce, told CNBC.