Careers for Your Major

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With any of our 15 majors, you will be prepared to kick-off your career with a top company and higher than average starting salary.

Take a look at common employers and average salary for each major on the undergraduate majors and minors list.  We also offer salary and placement data on our website at:  ecs.engineering.illinois.edu/outcomes/

And, if you’re just starting to explore career options, there are many helpful online resources.  A list of recommended resources include:

Company and Industry Information

  • Vault is a comprehensive online warehouse of information for students pursuing high-potential careers. This site offers employer profiles and rankings, industry blogs, message boards, its own job board, and more. As a student at the University of Illinois, you have additional access to exclusive reports and insider guides. Go to Vault and enter your Illinois email address to create an account.
  • WetFeet is another career information site that contains job search articles and employer profiles and reviews.
  • One Source offers profiles, news, analysis, and financials for over 17 million companies and has excellent search functionality.
  • LexisNexis Academic provides access to billions of searchable documents and records from news and business sources. This site delivers company/industry news, financial data, analyst reports, and information on small companies. It also has an extensive company profile and directory database.
  • Mergent is a searchable company database that pools financial data, annual reports, and industry news. Mergent has a large number of international companies and also gives you the ability to create reports in PDF, Word, or Excel formats.
  • First Research specializes in industry overviews, news, and analysis.
  • IBISWorld is a database of industry market research reports.
  • Occupational Outlook Quarterly is published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and features projections of occupations, industries, the labor force, and the overall economy.
  • The University of Illinois Library has more resources to help your research.

Salary Research

Job Boards

Below is a partial list of popular job boards and engines on the web. You can view a more extensive list here.

  • Indeed.com – global search engine and job board
  • Simplyhired.com – global search engine and job board; integrates with LinkedIn to identify potential contacts
  • Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals – supply chain
  • JustTechJobs.com – information systems/information technology
  • USA Jobs – federal government jobs
  • GuideStar – non-profit
  • MyVisaJobs.com – for international students seeking jobs in the US
  • 6FigureJobs.com – $100K+ jobs for experienced candidates
  • Going Global – job postings and employment outlooks for every major country in the world and state in the US; accessible through a direct link on your Handshake @ Illinois home page

Other Resources