Transferring to a 4 year Uni in January and i'm not sure on what I want to do, like technology and am pretty good at working around a computer. Thinking of majoring in IT, does anybody know if those career tests you take online have an accuracy at all?

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Depends on how you want your future to look.  Taking a poll is a terrible way to choose a career.


I wasn't necessarily taking a poll, just asking for some advice. I am good working with people, computers, and money. I like managing money, I have been reading up on finance books by Dave Ramsey and find it very interesting. But I don't know what a job in the finance/accounting field is like. From what I understand it seems boring with using programs like Microsoft Excel all day. That's where something kicks in that I have always been good at and that is computers. I like technology a lot, cell phones, operating systems, software, and basically anything techy. I do not like math, I can do math I just do not like it. I am also very interested in global events and how they impact people. 

Some form of engineering perhaps.  Mechanical engineering is a good place to start and then you can choose to specialize if you want.  You can also end up transferring those skills to the more administrative/managerial side of a business.  

Computer science is another interesting choice.  I'm not sure about the possibilities for business though (not saying there aren't I just don't know).

Anyway both fields are in high demand in the job market.  Good luck man.

I have an older brother who was a computer science major with a minor in business, his first job was doing software development at a financial services company. Primarily, his job was to help develop their system of handling online transactions and doing large scale web development in conjunction with other coders. After a few years he transferred to a smaller company where he got to do more projects on his own, mostly getting their website and sales system to work for different browsers, devices, and making general improvements in the interface.

Web development and coding is a pretty fluid career field and there are probably going to be a lot of local opportunities to choose from. Now what you do is pretty variable, some companies have a large or small IT department that may be limited in what you're permitted to do. Bigger company, you're a small piece in a big machine. Small company, you have a little more freedom to work. Ultimately you move more towards business as you climb the ladder in the company since coding is best left to the young guys fresh out of school and taught on the latest languages and technologies. 

I personally majored in mechanical engineering, and it is not for the math-shy. You'll end up doing Calc 1-3 along with differential equations and some linear algebra. Around your third year you will hit the big three classes of thermodynamics, fluids, and heat transfer. Once you've gotten those done you can branch out into your specialty. If you like computers, you can specialize in robotics or control systems. All of those involve some automation and coding. There are business opportunities too, if you decide to go more towards systems engineering or manufacturing you focus on a larger slice of how to use engineering to improve your business and make it more efficient. Engineering touches on a lot of fields; technical, environmental, and business. You have to learn how to be a good manager to succeed as an engineer. But like I said, it's not for the faint of heart. 

If you like programming (and a programming class will help you determine that), computer science is the way to go.

If you like computers and managing things (I think), MIS.

If you like fixing computers and keeping them running, IT.

IT's easy, and you don't have to major in it to do it (unlike CS).

When you get to uni, I suggest, based on your interests, beginning programming, and accounting.  That'll help you see what you like.

A career interest inventory is good to help you quantify your interests.  But interests change in college.  Freshman year is a good time to explore.

Not really a freshman, Im a transfer student and will have all gen ed requirements. What kind of math is involved with CS after the basic Calc 1-3 and linear algebra? 

My CS dept doesn't require any calculus, but we do require a discrete math class (much easier) and an "intro to computing" that fills math gen-ed (also easy).  But most CS depts require calculus.  Nothing beyond that, I would expect! except the discrete math class.

One problem in many technical majors for transfers is that when you start, you can only take one or two classes because those classes are prerequisites for the others.  It's just the nature of the material.

Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering do require higher math and physics classes as they are foundations that the actual hardware is built on.  As you said it depends on what you want to do.

There is good money in taking care of other peoples money, I would lean toward Financial Accounting, either CPA, Forensic Accounting for agencies or corporations, Corporate accounting, etc.

First a question.  Are you "transferring" from a 2-year school or from high school? (American usage)

Second.  If you're finishing a two year program without any specific declared major, you may be well advised to hold off transferring for a year and take the lower division introductory courses in IT, Accounting, Finance and Engineering.  If you're transferring to a four year school with academic credits, but no idea what discipline to study for a Bachelor's degree, you're going to be far better off, including financially, to explore your fields of interest at the 2-year school.  You might incidentally discover you'll need to take "lower division" (freshman/sophomore level) prerequisite classes, and your finances will thank you for doing that at the 2-year school.


Sorry to say, but in my neck of the woods, a degree in Classics and a Class B driver's license will almost guarantee you betting work as a cab driver.  

I still stand by my assertion that if you haven't dipped your toe into the introductory coursework in a technical field, you simply are not equipped to make a decision.  For example, a person with no innate or developed math skills isn't going to get far in an Engineering Program.  Try the fields out at the Community College level.  Hell, you just might find yourself really wanting to major in Classics, with a minor in MIS or IT or "Software Engineering".


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