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Information is the key to making a satisfying decision for your choice of major and career path. Every RIT undergraduate degree program is listed with additional information related to the major. For Information about RIT Programs visit the RIT Academic Programs page. Visit the program page to find a listing of all RIT MajorsMinors, and Certificates and links to further information about each.

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Find all program and salary information collected through the RIT Career Services and Co-op office here. 

Our office collects data from students going on co-op and graduating to help all future Tigers entering the industry. Learn more about co-op and full-time salaries, skills and capabilities, co-op requirements, selected employer partners who hire RIT students, and more. 


RIT Undergraduate Majors and Career Information by College

College of Engineering Technology

Saunders College of Business

B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Kate Gleason College of Engineering

College of Health Sciences and Technology

College of Art and Design

College of Liberal Arts

College of Science

College of Engineering Technology

Find all program and salary information collected through the RIT Career Services and Co-op office here.  Websites that include additional information related to the major are also included.

General Resources
    Engineering or Engineering Technology-RIT Admissions  
    Engineering Technology from the Career Cornerstone Center

Applied Technical Leadership
    Management Occupations from the Occupational Outlook Handbook

Civil Engineering Technology
    Career Paths in Civil Engineering  from the American Society of Civil Engineers
    Civil Engineering from the Career Cornerstone Center

Electrical Engineering Technology
    Electrical Engineering Technologists  from O*NET

Electrical/Mechanical Engineering Technology
    Electromechanical Engineering Technologists  from O*NET

Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety
    Industrial Safety and Health Engineers  from O*NET

Robotics and Manufacturing Engineering Technology
    Manufacturing Engineering Technologists  from O*NET

Mechanical Engineering Technology
    Mechanical Engineering Technologists from O*NET

Packaging Science
    Packaging Engineer Career from Career Research

Saunders College of Business

Find all program and salary information collected through the RIT Career Services and Co-op office here.  Websites that include additional information related to the major are also included.

General Occupational Information
    Best Business Jobs from US News and World Report
    Business and Financial Occupations from O*NET  
There is a lot of good information on the Vault website, available by logging into Handshake, https://rit.joinhandshake.com/   then going to Career Center, then Resources, then Vault.  You will need to register…a very short process.  Check out the Career Resources and the Guides.
There is also a lot of helpful information at the “What Can I Do with this Major?” website

Accounting
    Accountants and Auditors from the Occupational Outlook Handbook

Finance
    Financial Analyst from the Occupational Outlook Handbook  
    Budget Analyst from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Financial Examiner  from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Personal Financial Advisor  from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Finance Occupations from O*NET

Hospitality and Tourism Management
    Lodging Manager from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Food Service Manager from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism from What Can I Do with this Major?

Management
    Management Occupations from the Occupational Outlook Handbook

Management Information Systems  
    Computer and Information Systems Managers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook

Marketing
    Market Research Analyst from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Managers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Marketing Research Analyst and Marketing Specialists from O*NET

Supply Chain Management
    Logistician from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Supply Chain Managers from O*NET  

B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Find all program and salary information collected through the RIT Career Services and Co-op office here.  Websites that include additional information related to the major are also included.

Websites with general information about computing occupations:
Computer Careers   
Occupational Outlook Handbook Computer and Information Technology Occupations
ACM Computing Careers
What Can I do with this Major? (see sections on Computer Science and Management Information Systems)
O*NET Computer and Mathematical Job Families
Student Resources Computing

Computer Science
    Computer Programmer from the Occupational Outlook Handbook  
    Computer Systems Analyst from the Occupational Outlook Handbook  

Computing and Information Technologies
    Computer Network Architects from the Occupational Outlook Handbook  
    Networking and Computer Systems Administrators  from the Occupational Outlook Handbook  

Computing Security  
    Information Security Analyst  from the Occupational Outlook Handbook  

Game Design and Development
     Game Career Guide  

Software Engineering
    Software Developers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook  

Web and Mobile Computing  
    Web Developers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook

Kate Gleason College of Engineering

Find all program and salary information collected through the RIT Career Services and Co-op office here.  Websites that include additional information related to the major are also included.

General Information about Engineering Options
Career Cornerstone Center  
Discover Engineering Careers  
Engineering or Engineering Technology-RIT Admissions  
Engineering or Engineering Technology-ASME

Biomedical Engineering
    Biomedical Engineers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook  
    Bioengineering from Career Cornerstone
    Biomedical Engineers from O*NET
    American Society for Medical and Biological Engineering  

Chemical Engineering
    Chemical Engineers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook  
    Chemical Engineering from Career Cornerstone  
    Chemical Engineers from O*NET

Computer Engineering
    Computer Hardware Engineers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Computer Engineering from Career Cornerstone  
    Computer Hardware Engineers from O*NET

Electrical Engineering
    Electrical Engineers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook  
    Electrical Engineering from Career Cornerstone  
    Electrical Engineers from O*NET

Industrial Engineering
    Industrial Engineers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Industrial Engineering from Career Cornerstone  
    Industrial Engineers from O*NET
    Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers-What IEs Do  

Mechanical Engineering
    Mechanical Engineers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook  
    Aerospace Engineers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook  
    Mechanical Engineering from Career Cornerstone  
    Aerospace Engineering from Career Cornerstone
    Aerospace Engineering from O*NET
    Automotive Engineers from O*NET
    Mechanical Engineers from O*NET

Microelectronic Engineering  
    Microelectronic Engineering from Career Cornerstone 

College of Health Sciences and Technology

Find all program and salary information collected through the RIT Career Services and Co-op office here.  Websites that include additional information related to the major are also included.

Biomedical Sciences
    RIT Website for Biomedical Sciences
    Healthcare Occupations from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Explore Health Careers

Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound)
    Diagnostic Medical Sonographers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Diagnostic Medical Sonographer from Explore Health Careers

Dietetics and Nutrition    
    Dietitians and Nutritionists  from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Dietitian/Nutritionist from Explore Health Careers

Exercise Science
    Exercise Physiologists  from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Exercise Physiologist from Explore Health Careers
    Careers in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science

Nutritional Sciences
    Health Educator from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Discover Public Health
    Public Health Careers from Explore Health Careers

Physician Assistant
    Physician Assistant  from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Physician Assistant from Explore Health Careers

College of Art and Design

Find all program and salary information collected through the RIT Career Services and Co-op office here.  Websites that include additional information related to the major are also included.

A few general resources about art/creative careers:  

Art careers info  Learn more about art professionals, art schools, and art careers
The Art Career Project   Explore an art career: a data base of over 100 careers

3-D Digital Design, BFA
    Multimedia Artists and Animators from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Multimedia Artists and Animators from O*NET

Film and Animation, BFA
    Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators from the Occupational Outlook Handbook  
    Film and Video Editors from O*NET  
    Multimedia Artists and Animators  from O*NET 

Furniture Design, MFA
    Craft Artists from O*NET   

Graphic Design, BFA
    Graphic Designers  from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Graphic Designers from O*NET  

Industrial Design, BFA
    Industrial Designers  from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Commercial and Industrial Designers from O*NET

Interior Design, BFA
    Interior Designers  from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Interior Designers from O*NET  

Motion Picture Science, BS
    Motion Picture Science Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services  

New Media Design, BFA
    New Media Design Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services  
    Multimedia Artists and Animators from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Multimedia Artists and Animators from O*NET

Photographic and Imaging Arts, BFA
    Photographers  from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Photographers from O*NET  

College of Liberal Arts

Find all program and salary information collected through the RIT Career Services and Co-op office here.  Websites that include additional information related to the major are also included.

Advertising and Public Relations
    Advertising-What Can I Do With This  Major?
    Public Relations-What Can I Do With This  Major?

Communications
    Communications-What Can I Do With This  Major?

Criminal Justice
    Criminal Justice-What Can I Do with This  Major?

Economics
    Economics-What Can I Do with This  Major?
    Economics for College Students-American Economic Association

International and Global Studies
    RIT International and Global Studies Career Opportunities
    Global Studies-What Can I Do with This Major?

Journalism
    Journalism-What Can I Do With This Major?

Museum Studies   
    Archivists, Curators and Museum Workers Occupational Outlook Handbook

Philosophy
    Philosophy-What Can I Do With This  Major?
    American Philosophical Association

Political Science
    Political Science-What Can I Do With This  Major?
    American Political Science Association

Psychology
    Psychology-What Can I Do With This  Major?
    Careers in Psychology-American Psychological Association

Public Policy
    RIT Career Services Public Policy Online Resource List
    Public Administration-What Can I Do with This Major?

Sociology and Anthropology
    Anthropology/Archeology-What Can I Do with This Major?
    Sociology- What Can I Do with This  Major?
    Urban Studies- What Can I Do with This  Major?
    Careers in Anthropology-American Anthropological Association
    Career Opportunities Sociology and Anthropology

Additional Websites

Federal Employment
    Go Government: Finding your fit in a federal career
    Federal Employment by College Major
    Pathways Programs (Internships for Students and Recent Grads)
    Creating Your Federal Resume
    RIT’s Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education Resource Page

Law School Resources
    RIT’s Department of Criminal Justice Prelaw Advising
    Law School Admission Council
    American Bar Association Preparing for Pre-Law
    Pre-law student services

College of Science

Find all program and salary information collected through the RIT Career Services and Co-op office here.  Websites that include additional information related to the major are also included.

General Resources
    Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics covers hundreds of occupations, describing work environments, job duties, salaries, and more.
    O*NET Search for occupational information or browse by similar careers at this comprehensive website. You can also search for occupations that use your skill set.
    Sloan Career Cornerstone Center is a great resource for those exploring opportunities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing, and healthcare fields.
    What Can I Do with This Major?  
    What Can I do with a Major In…?

Applied Mathematics
    American Mathematical Society-Career Information  
    Mathematicians and Statisticians from the Occupational Outlook Handbook

Applied Statistics and Actuarial Science
    American Statistical Association-This is Statistics  
    Actuaries from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Be an Actuary from the Society of Actuaries

Biochemistry
    Exploring Careers in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from ASBMB
    Biochemistry-The Career Guide from the Biochemical Society

Bioinformatics
    An Explosion of Bioinformatics Careers  from Science
    Careers in Bioinformatics from the International Society of Computational Biology

Biology
    77 Things to Do with a Degree in the Biological Sciences  from Ohio State

Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience
    Exploring Careers in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology  from ASBME
 
Chemistry
    American Chemical Society-College to Career  

Environmental Science
    Environmental Scientists and Specialists from the Occupational Outlook Handbook   

Physics
    Physics Career Advice from American Physical Society
    Careers in Physics  from American Physical Society

 

Additional Major Exploration Information

            Includes links to RIT Career Overviews which have data about job responsibilities, skills, job titles and employers, salary information. 

Whether you’re exploring majors or searching for information about your chosen field, this website will help you connect majors to careers. Learn about typical career areas and types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate. Here is a link directly into their list of majors: https://whatcanidowiththismajor.com/major/majors/ (Source: University of Tennessee)

 

 

Changing Your Program

Once you have sorted through your individual interests and strengths, and reviewed your options, you may be ready to make a change to your academic program at RIT. The “Change of Program/Plan” form needs to be filled out and given to your academic advisor in your current home department. Your department will send the form and your academic records to the department that you apply to. You will be notified of your acceptance or rejection from the new department.

How to declare a double major or a dual degree?
Look for the form titled "Double Major Authorization" or "Dual Degree Authorization"


How to declare a minor
Look for the form titled "Minor Authorization/Change"

These colleges have additional information about how to change into their programs:

Saunders College of Business

B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

College of Art and Design