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ACCOUNTING

Accountants are business advisors who analyze information, plan financial strategies, and solve problems. Four major fields of accounting are public accounting, management accounting, government accounting, and internal auditing.

Sample Job Functions and Job Titles

Note: Some positions may require additional education and/or training.

Auditing: Bank Auditor, Internal Auditor, Information Systems Auditor, and Inventory Control Specialist.

Helping People: Certified Public Accountant, Consumer Credit Officer, Estate Planner, Financial Planner, Tax Accountant.

Investigating: Bank Examiner, Forensic Accountant, FBI Special Agent, CIA Agent, Fraud Examiner, Revenue Agent, Inspector General.

Helping: College Professor, CPA Exam Review Instructor, High School Accounting Teacher and Technical School Accounting Instructor.

Miscellaneous: Bursar, Budget Analyst, Commercial Banker, Cost Accountant, Government Accountant, Industrial Buyer, Management Accountant, Tax Analyst, Tax Specialist.

Employers of Accountants: Tax-Related Agencies, Entertainment Industry, Private, Public and Government Agencies, Banks and Other Financial Institutions, Non-Profit Organizations, School Systems, Health Care Industry, Colleges and Universities, CPA Firms, Manufacturing Companies.

Professional Association: American Institute of CPAs http://www.aicpa.org/

ART

Art is the study of materials and techniques used to express ideas through images. VSU art majors study courses in drawing, color, and design as well as a combination of advanced courses such as printmaking, drawing, ceramics, graphic design, photography, painting, sculpture, and computer graphics.

Sample Job Functions and Job Titles

Note: Some positions may require additional education and/or training.

Buying: Art Supplies Buyer, Art Auctioneer.

Demonstrating: Ceramic Demonstrator, Craft Demonstrator, Glassware Demonstrator.

Creating Art: Cartoonist, Architectural Renderer, Editorial Cartoonist, Furniture Reproducer, Makeup Artist, Medical Illustrator, Painter, Police Artist, Sculptor, Topographical Drafting.

Designing: Architect, Exhibit Designer, Graphic Designer, Jewelry Designer, Toy Designer, Landscape Architect.

Evaluating and Cataloguing: Art Appraiser, Art Conservator, Art Critic, Art Librarian.

Helping People: Art Therapist

Photographing: Audiovisual Production Specialist, Medical or Scientific Photographer, Motion Picture Photographer, Photojournalist, Television Camera Operator.

Sales: Art Objects Salesperson, Graphic Art Sales Representative, Printer's Sales Representative, Jewelry or Crafts Sales Representative, Signs and Displays Sales Representative.

Teaching: College Professor, Elementary or Secondary Art Teacher, Museum Guide.

Employers of Art Majors: Museums and Art Galleries, Local Historical Societies, Book Publishers, Newspapers and Magazines, Direct Mail Companies, Web Page Designers, Auction Houses, Advertising Agencies, Public Relations Agencies, Retail (Department Stores), Printing Companies, Resorts, Architectural Firms.

Professional Associations: American Society of Artists http://community-2.webtv.net/ASOA/ASA/, American Institute of Graphic Arts http://www.aiga.org/

ART EDUCATION

Art Education majors study methods of teaching students materials and techniques used to express ideas through images. In addition to education courses, art education majors take foundation art courses in drawing, color and design as well as a combination of advanced courses such as printmaking, drawing, ceramics, graphic design, photography, painting, sculpture, computer graphics and art history.

Sample Job Functions and Job Titles

Note: Some positions may require additional education and/or training.

Buying: Art Supplies Buyer, Art Auctioneer.

Demonstrating: Ceramic Demonstrator, Craft Demonstrator, Glassware Demonstrator.

Creating Art: Cartoonist, Architectural Renderer, Editorial Cartoonist, Furniture Reproducer, Makeup Artist, Medical Illustrator, Painter, Police Artist, Sculptor, Topographical Drafting.

Designing: Architect, Exhibit Designer, Graphic Designer, Jewelry Designer, Toy Designer, Landscape Architect.

Evaluating and Cataloguing: Art Appraiser, Art Conservator, Art Critic, Art Librarian.

Helping People: Art Therapist

Photographing: Audiovisual production Specialist, Medical or Scientific Photographer, Motion Picture Photographer, Photojournalist, Television Camera Operator.

Sales: Art Objects Salesperson, Graphic Art Sales Representative, Printer's Sales Representative, Jewelry or Crafts Sales Representative, Signs and Displays Sales Representative.

Teaching: College Professor, Elementary or Secondary Art Teacher, Museum Guide.

Employers of Art Education Majors: Museums and Art Galleries, Local Historical Societies, Book Publishers, Newspapers and Magazines, Direct Mail Companies, Web Page Designers, Auction Houses, Advertising Agencies, Public Relations Agencies, Retail (Department Stores), Printing Companies, Resorts, Architectural Firms.

Professional Association: National Art Education Association http://www.naea-reston.org/

APPLIED MATHEMATICS

Applied Mathematics majors use mathematics to solve problems in the real world, applying their understanding of mathematics to the natural or social sciences as opposed to predominantly theoretical problems.

Sample Job Functions and Job Titles

Note: Some positions may require additional education and/or training.

Analyzing: Applied Statistician, Biostatistician, Budget Analyst, Credit Analyst, Financial Analyst, Market Research Analyst, Pollster, Operations Research Analyst, Quality Control Technician, Records Management Analyst, Underwriter.

Computing: Business Programmer, Engineering Programmer, Information Systems Programmer, Operations Research Analyst, Software Technician.

Designing Systems: Actuary, Quality Control Engineer, Safety Inspector, Urban Planner.

Selling: Computer Systems Salesperson, Data Processing Services Salesperson, Financial Report Service Salesperson.

Teaching: Adult Education Teacher, Business Education Instructor, College Professor, Junior High or High School Teacher.

Employers of Applied Mathematics Majors: Computer Hardware and Software Firms, Wholesale and Retail Trade Firms, Computer Camps, Aerospace Industry, Pharmaceutical Companies, Banks, Educational Book Publishers, Government Agencies, Communication Companies, Colleges and Universities, Insurance Industry, Health Care Industry.

Professional Association: Mathematical Association of America http://www.maa.org/

ASTRONOMY

Astronomy is the scientific study of matter in outer space: the positions, dimensions, energy, and evolution of stars and planets. Astronomers conduct research and apply their knowledge to solve problems in navigation and space flight. These are some key questions astronomy addresses: What is the structure of a planet? How do stars shine? How did galaxies form? How has the universe evolved in time?

Sample Job Functions and Job Titles

Note: Some positions may require additional education and/or training.

Analyzing: Data Analyst, Meteorologist, Principal Investigator of Observatory, Research Analyst.

Engineering: Acoustical Engineer, Optical Engineer.

Interpreting Observations: Cosmologist, Observers, Theoretical Astrophysicist.

Planning Observational Programs: Planetarium Director, Planetarium Education Coordinator.

Teaching: College Professor, Educational Program Developer, High School Teacher, Museum Guide and Teacher.

Writing: Science Writer, Publications Manager, Textbook Editor

Miscellaneous: Astrobiologist, Computer Image Processor, Instrument Specialist, Public Information Officer, Telescope Operator.

Employers of Astronomy Majors: Science Museums, Observatories, Planetariums, Colleges and Universities, Optical Equipment Manufacturers, Professional Magazines & Journals, Non-Profit Foundations, Aerospace Industry, Military, Government Agencies, Imaging Equipment Industry.

Professional Association: American Astronomical Society http://aas.org

BIOLOGY

Biology is the study of living organisms and their relationships to the environment. Related fields are botany, zoology, microbiology, agricultural science, medical science, and physiology, among others.

Sample Job Functions and Job Titles

Note: Some positions may require additional education and/or training.

Caring for Plants and Animals: Agronomist, Animal or Plant Breeder, Fish Hatchery Manager, Forester, Horticulturist, Plant Pathologist, Poultry Farmer, Veterinarian.

Ensuring Product Quality: Food Tester, Seed Analyst, Wood Technologist.

Preparing Specimens: Biology Specimen Technician, Herbarium Worker, Museum Technician, Taxidermist.

Researching: Applied Statistician, Engineering and Scientific Programmer, Fiber Technologist, Science Librarian, Medical Researcher.

Writing: Environmental Writer, Technical Writer.

Protecting Health and Environment: Air Analyst, Environment Hygienist, Food and Drug Inspector, Food Technologist, Hydrologist, Park Ranger, Physician, Soil Scientist.

Teaching: College Professor, Public Health Educator, Secondary School Biology Teacher.

Selling: Animal Feed Products Salesperson, Chemicals and Drugs Salesperson, Food Products Salesperson, Medical Equipment Salesperson, Surgical Appliances Salesperson.

Employers of Biology Majors: Colleges and Universities, Pharmaceutical Companies, Federal and State Government, Chemical Factories, Private Research Foundations, Hospitals and Public Health Facilities, Agricultural Industry, Zoos, Botanical Gardens, and Aquariums, National and State Parks, Fish Hatcheries, Military.

Professional Associations: American Society for Microbiology http://www.asm.org/, American Institute of Biological Sciences http://www.aibs.org/

BUSINESS EDUCATION

Business Education majors study methods of instruction, course design, classroom management, and methods of student assessment as applied to teaching students about business systems. Business Education majors use a variety of software applications, and develop oral, written, and electronic communication skills as they prepare for careers in the classroom as well as in the private and public sectors.

Sample Job Functions and Job Titles

Note: Some positions may require additional education and/or training.

Administering Educational Programs: Administrative Assistant, School Attendance Officer.

Helping People: Equal Opportunity Representative, Job Placement Counselor.

Teaching: Adult Education Teacher, College Professor, Computer Instructor, Corporate Trainer, High School or Middle School Business Education Teacher, Resource Teacher, Training Instructor.

Writing: Grant Writer, Textbook Editor.

Selecting Educational Materials: Career Guidance Technician, Children's Librarian, Curriculum Consultant, Media Specialist, School Librarian.

Sales: College Representative, Communication Equipment Salesperson, Education Courses Salesperson, Industrial Relations Salesperson, School Representative for educational materials and supplies.

Employers of Business Education Majors: Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Schools, Colleges and Universities, Technical Schools, Community Organizations (YMCA, Red Cross), Correctional Institutions, Hospitals, Professional Associations, Adult Day Care, Consulting Firms, Marketing Firms, Bookstores, Software Companies, Government, Textbook Publishers.

Professional Association: Association for Career and Technical Education http://www.acteonline.org/

CHEMISTRY

Chemistry is the study of matter: its structure, composition, and transformations. Chemistry is concerned with some of the most pressing problems facing our society today such as worldwide food shortages, dwindling energy resources, environmental problems, and medical issues.

Sample Job Functions and Job Titles

Note: Some positions may require additional education and/or training.

Analyzing: Crime Laboratory Analyst, Operations Research Analyst.

Protecting Health and Environment: Agricultural Chemicals Inspector, Air Analyst, Clinical Chemist, Environmental Analyst, Soil Analyst, Food Technologist, Pharmaceutical Chemist, Water Pollution Control Inspector.

Researching: Chemical Laboratory Technician, Electronic Data Processing Systems Analyst, Materials Scientist, Scientific Research Analyst.

Selling: Bottles and Bottling Equipment Salesperson, Containers Salesperson, Petroleum Salesperson, Chemicals Salesperson.

Teaching: College Professor, Middle School Science Teacher, Secondary School Science Teacher.

Writing: Technical Writer

Employers of Chemistry Majors: Centers for Disease Control, Colleges and Universities, Environmental Protection, Medical and Pharmaceutical Supply Companies, Manufacturing Firms, Biotechnology Firms, Federal, State, and Local Government, Industrial Protection and Inspection Companies, Research Laboratories, Hospitals, Agricultural Industry, Waste Water Treatment Plants, Military.

Professional Association: American Chemical Society http://portal.acs.org/portal/acs/corg/content

COMMUNICATION DISORDERS

Communication Disorders majors study methods of evaluating clients to identify and interpret speech and language communication disabilities. Speech-language pathology is a diverse field with connections to many other disciplines, including audiology-the study and treatment of hearing disorders to include anatomy, physiology, linguistics, medicine and education.

Jobs as licensed speech-language pathologists or licensed audiologists require master's-level education, but there are also many related job titles that may be filled by students with a bachelor's degree.

VSU's graduate program is in communication disorders and not in audiology, but an undergraduate degree in communication disorders would be appropriate preparation for entry into a master's-level audiology program elsewhere.

Because communication disorders is a specialized professional curriculum, job titles specifically designated for master's-level, licensed speech-language pathologists or audiologists are indicated below with an asterisk (*).

Sample Job Functions and Job Titles

Note: Some positions may require additional education and/or training.

Helping People: Audiologist Assistant, Clinical Audiologist*, Clinical Speech-Language Pathologist*, Educational Advocate, Speech-Language Consultant*, Speech Language Assistant.

Selling: Hearing Aid Salesperson, Testing Equipment Salesperson.

Teaching: College Professor(Ph.D.-level instructor in SLP or audiology academic program)*, Teacher of Hearing Impaired Students*, Tutor.

Miscellaneous: Audiometric Assistant, Certification Case Manager*, Communication Assistant, Outcomes Resources Services Manager, Policy Analyst, Research Assistant.

Employers of Communication Disorders Majors: Public Schools, Hospitals, Private and Public Clinics, Nursing Homes, Health Management Organizations/Preferred Provider Organizations, University Clinics, University Affiliated Programs, Ear, Nose, and Throat Physicians, Publishing Companies, Private Rehabilitation Companies.

Professional Association: http://www.asha.org/default.htm

COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Computer Information Systems majors study the interaction between programmers and those who use the data. The major combines the knowledge of data processing, hardware, software, languages and management skills. The major in Computer Information Systems includes the analysis, design, development, and implementation of systems that record, transmit, store, and process information.

Sample Job Functions and Job Titles

Note: Some positions may require additional education and/or training.

Computing: Computer Security Specialist, Network Administrator, Software Computer Consultant, Software Specialist, Webmaster.

Data Processing: Data Processing Auditor, Data Processor, Data Processing Manager, Data Reduction Analyst.

Engineering: Application Engineer, Associate Engineer, Engineering Analyst, Sales Engineer, Software Engineer, Systems Engineer.

Programming: Applications Programmer, Engineering Programmer, Programmer Trainee, Scientific Programmer.

Selling: Field Sales Representative, Technology Service Salesperson.

Writing: Technical Writer.

Miscellaneous: Customer Support Specialist, Database Administrator, Data Communications Specialist, Development Engineer, Inventory Control Specialist, Operations Research Analyst, Systems Analyst.

Employers of Computer Information Systems Majors: Colleges and Universities, Large Corporations with In-House Computer Support (manufacturing, health care, insurance, retail, education, government), Computer Manufacturers, Accounting Firms, Banks and Credit Companies, Computer Software, Manufacturers, Computer Training Firms, Telecommunications Firm.

Professional Association: Information Systems Audit and Control Association http://www.isaca.org/

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Computer Science is the study of the design, manufacture, application, and effectiveness of computers, computer programs and computer equipment. It also encompasses the theory, design and analysis of algorithms for processing information and the implementations of these algorithms in hardware and software.

Sample Job Functions and Job Titles

Note: Some positions may require additional education and/or training.

Analyzing: Business Analyst, Electronic Data Processing Systems Analyst, Market Research Analyst, Risk Analyst.

Computing (General): Business Programmer, Customer Support Specialist, Detail Programmer, Engineering and Scientific Programmer, Information Systems Programmer, Robotics Programmer, Technical Support Analyst, Webmaster.

Designing Systems: Business Management Consultant, Process Control Programmer, Software Technician, Systems Accountant.

Measuring and Mapping: Land Surveyor.

Selling: Computer Salesperson, Data Processing Service Salesperson, Financial Report Service Sales Agent, Weather Forecasting Service Salesperson.

Teaching: Adult Education Teacher, Business Education Instructor, College Professor, Corporate Trainer, Help Desk Manager, Junior High or High School Teacher, Software Trainer.

Employers of Computer Science Majors: Colleges and Universities, Large Corporations with In-House Computer Support (manufacturing, health care, insurance, retail, education, government), Data Processing Installations, Computer Manufacturers, Computer Service Firms, Management Consulting Firms, Accounting Firms, Banks and Credit Companies, Computer Software/Hardware Manufacturers, Computer Training Firms, Telecommunications Firm, Educational Book Publishers, Computer Retail Stores.

Professional Association: Institute for the Certification of Computing Professionals http://www.iccp.org/

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Criminal Justice is the study of the control of criminal behavior and the maintenance of public safety. It is also concerned with the causes, consequences and control of crime. Criminal Justice draws from a number of different disciplines, including psychology, public administration, philosophy, sociology, and law.

Sample Job Functions and Job Titles

Note: Some positions may require additional education and/or training.

Enforcing the Law: Airline Security Representative, Border Patrol Agent, Conservation Officer, Customs Inspector, Deputy Sheriff, Deputy U.S. Marshal, Fish and Game Warden, Insurance Investigator, Park Ranger, Police Officer, Revenue Officer, U.S. Secret Service Officer.

Corrections and Rehabilitating: Caseworker, Correctional Officer, Probation/Parole Officer, Youth Counselor.

Interpreting the Law: Court Administrator, Lawyer, Legal Assistant, Media Criminologist.

Writing: Newspaper or Magazine Columnist.

Employers of Criminal Justice Majors: Local Police Departments, State Police and Highway Patrol, Retail, Social Service Agencies, Insurance Companies, IRS, U.S. Secret Service, INS, Youth Camps, Peace Corps, Department of Corrections, Department of Probation and Parole, Military.

Professional Association: International Association of Chiefs of Police http://www.theiacp.org/

DANCE

Dance is the study of rhythmic movement of the body used as a means of creative expression. The dance major will develop in several keys areas including personal artistry, historical/cultural perspectives and technical proficiency.

Sample Job Functions and Job Titles

Note: Some positions may require additional education and/or training.

Education: Artist-in-Residence, College Professor, Dance Teacher, Leisure & Recreation Instructor, Social Dancing and Etiquette, Instructor.

Evaluating: Critic, Casting Director.

Helping: Activity Leader, Community Dance Worker, Dance Program Director,
Dance Therapist.

Management: Arts Council Director, Ballet Mistress/Master, Rehearsal Director,
Stage Manager, Studio Owner.

Performance/Production: Choreographer, Company Dancer, Costume Designer,
Dance Notator, Professional Dancer, Sound/Lighting Technician.

Promoting: Booking Agent, Fundraiser, Journalist, Public Relations Representative.

Employers of Dance Majors: Amusement/Theme Parks, Arts Councils, Ballet Companies, Ballroom Dance Center, Colleges & Universities, Cruise Lines, Dance Studios, Dinner Theatre, Fitness Centers, Parks & Recreation, Performing Arts Centers, Public, Private, and Parochial Schools,
Touring Companies.

Professional Association: American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance http://www.aahperd.org/