Student Perceptions of Career Choices: The Impact of Academic Major

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Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences Education

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Student Perceptions, career choices, education, academic major


Education | Higher Education | Student Counseling and Personnel Services


The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of academic majors on students' career development. This study collected data from 150 upper-division students enrolled in classes related to the three majors, Hospitality Management, Human Development and Family Studies, and Nutrition and Dietetics, in the School of Family and Consumer Studies at a university in northeastern Ohio. Results of this study revealed significant differences among these three majors on the variables, including career decision self-efficacy, career outcome expectations, and commitment to career choices. Results also reinforced the role of faculty advisors in students' career planning and choice behaviors. Recommendations for FCS educators in students' career assistance were provided in this study.