What are you looking for in a career?

  1. Evaluate your interests and abilities.
  2. Research occupations that best match your personal interests and skills, using resources such as Missouri Connections' 6 Career Clusters and The Occupational Outlook Handbook.
  3. Talk to students, faculty, and alumni about their experiences in programs of study leading to those careers.

Below is a chart with examples of many popular careers, grouped by the number of years of higher education you will need. Once you narrow your interests down to specific careers, you can then search for a postsecondary program or school using the MDHE's Institution, Program, and Degree Search tool.


  • Automotive mechanic
  • Commercial artist
  • Computer technician
  • Dental hygienist
  • Engineering technician
  • Heating/air-conditioning technician
  • Refrigeration technician
  • Hotel/restaurant manager
  • Medical laboratory technician
  • Physical therapy assistant
  • Registered nurse
  • Water/wastewater treatment technician
  • Plant operator


  • Accountant
  • Computer engineer
  • Teacher
  • Writer
  • FBI agent
  • College admissions counselor
  • Public relations specialist
  • Journalist
  • Sports/newscaster
  • Investment banker
  • Insurance agent
  • Social worker
  • Chemical engineer


  • Dentist
  • Attorney
  • Veterinarian
  • College professor
  • Physician
  • Geologist
  • Minister, priest, rabbi
  • Architect
  • Psychologist
  • Marine biologist
  • Economist
  • Urban planner