Choosing a major is an important decision. The Career Development Center (CDC) can help you explore your interests, assess your skills, and identify your values to make smart decisions about your major and future career options.

To take the first steps toward narrowing down your major, you may:

  • Enroll in the first-year undergraduate course, Discovering Majors and Careers (FY1800), during A- or B-Term to learn more about WPI majors and associated career paths;
  • Make an appointment with a staff member of the Career Development Center if you’re having difficulty selecting a major, want to learn more about various majors, or have questions about certain career paths;
  • Visit the CDC and review the Major binders, which include information on each major and potential career paths;
  • Download the latest Post-Graduation Report to learn where WPI students go on to work and attend graduate and professional school;
  • Review WPI Career Outlook pages for summaries of sample job titles, companies that hire by major, required skills, professional organizations, and other helpful links;
  • Use your Handshake account to search for internship, co-op, and full-time job opportunities, research companies, and check out schedules for career fairs, workshops, and company information sessions; and/or
  • The website “What Can I Do With This Major?” is an invaluable resource to help you connect majors to potential careers.

Career Information Resources

MyPlan

Located in Handshake, MyPlan has information about over 900 careers and links about 1,200 majors to different career paths. You can also use one of the four career assessments—interest, personality, skills, and values—to help you plan your career. To take any of the career assessments:

  • Create a MyPlan account and agree to MyPlan terms of service
  • Enter the license code displayed on the Handshake homepage and located in the MyPlan tipsheet (PDF) 

Once you’ve taken the assessments, it’s strongly recommended that you schedule an “Assessment Results” appointment with a CDC counselor to discuss your results and learn about additional steps and resources.

On each page, you’ll find sample job titles, companies that have hired graduates from each major, required skills, and a list of professional organizations. 

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Mid-Career Salary earning potential of Master's students

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28%

higher starting salaries than national average

National Association of Colleges and Employers (2015)
My biggest advice to new students is to take advantage of all the opportunities available at WPI, especially the Career Development Center, Student Development Center, and the Finding Your Majors course as a first-year.
Sunny Sang N.
Senior, BS in Biology & Biotechnology; Minor in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology

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