How do you decide on a major? Some high schools offer career counseling that includes aptitude tests. If you like food and enjoy working with people in a fast-paced environment, you might be encouraged to pursue a career in the food-service industry. But do you really want to hope for good tippers so you can pay your mortgage? Probably not. While academic acumen and personality propensities can certainly help narrow the field, don’t be fooled into thinking that you’re not capable of handling a high-paying career.
If you grew up in a typical American home or classroom, you’re probably fairly dedicated to the “follow your dreams” idea. While I don’t mean to deter you from your fantasy of home decorating for the rich and famous (and living like them, as a result), I do want to recommend that you consult reality. If you really feel passionate about social work, go for it, but don’t expect a 6-figure salary. In fact, if what you really like is something fairly popular among your peers, you might not be realistic to expect a job, at all.