Cut out the stress of picking a major.

After having one of the ever-popular “what-am-going-to-do-with-my-life?” crises I went to my college’s career-services office. They were uber-helpful in guiding my career research and led me to some excellent online resources for getting the hard data on majors, career prospects and self-assessments. I’ve compiled a list of a few websites that have many answers to my many, many questions.

This website is for the person that needs hard facts and figures. There are no hopeful statements or sugarcoated comments. O*Net will give you a career profile on just about any job you can think of. Their report includes categories such as Wages & Employment that contain extensive statistics on how much people that have this job are earning and where they’re earning it. The report also features knowledge and skills needed to perform this job as well as extensive, but never wordy explanations. O*Net is the honest and methodical uncle of career profiling websites (is there such thing as an honest, methodical uncle? I have one).
Monster’s little sister, Excelle, is perfectly tailored for the “networking, career minded woman.” Rather than helping you uncover your dream job, Excelle helps you achieve it. Its content is geared towards women featuring articles like “Is it ever OK to cry at work?” and “9 ways that women sabotage their careers,” while offering timeless advice such as “5 Networking tips for shy people” that are definitely bookmark-worthy regardless of your age or gender.

The Huffington Post brings the best articles from around the web and puts them right at your fingertips. Although not exclusively major or career related, their Featured Posts (on the left of the page) always, always deliver some quality content such as this article featuring the top jobs for 2011 graduates.
My Plan is the smart phone of career planning websites. It does it all. This website provides various career and personality assessments that help you narrow down the path you want to take in life. It has so much information available, and the best part of it all is that it is personalized. The website has four types of assessments available which are eerily accurate (trust me, we had to do this for one of the organizations I am involved in, and it was weird how accurate these results were in describing the personality and working styles of most of the organization’s 50 members). The website then matches you to a career that, although not necessarily ideal, sheds some light on some of the questions you might have about your preferences or abilities. Although most of the surveys are paid content, they are not incredibly expensive, and a lot of universities provide free access, so It is definitely worth looking into.

What have you found helpful in your major or career search?