The College of Human Ecology education lends itself to a range of career directions, including those that have yet to be created. Our students are well prepared to enter the global job market, pursue graduate study, and engage in community development. The paths our graduates choose are diverse, but they are linked by a confidence in their education and a focus on human issues. 

Our Office of Student and Career Development combines career counseling and academic planning, while encouraging students to become engaged in their own personal and career development. Through career exploration and experiential opportunities, students are encouraged to expand their knowledge of themselves and consider careers within a dynamic global community.

Our advising staff promotes critical reflection and self-awareness in the process of discovering values, interests and skills, and their relationship to academic and career planning.  With career-related resources, support services, and professional knowledge, students become pro-active in their own development, and are prepared for their transition to productive academic opportunities and satisfying employment.  This mission is accomplished through collaboration with students, faculty, staff, alumni, employers, and the use of advanced technology.

The College’s Career Exploration Center conducts résumé critiques, delivers career-related workshops and mock interviews, and supports internship, externship and job searches. Students also leverage university career resources to support their career planning.

At the time of the 2018 Cornell Career Services: Postgraduate Survey, 59% of graduates pursued immediate employment in a variety of areas including business, science and health, education, design, public service/government, and law/policy; 25% attended graduate school primarily in medicine/health, law and psychology. The remaining 16% pursued other endeavors, such as professional internships, service experiences and travel, or were pursuing graduate/professional school and employment.

While the programs in the College of Human Ecology are focused on pre-professional study, there is no established pre-med/-health, business, or law major, or one way to be creative. Every major in the College allows students to prepare for professional and graduate programs.

Students in Human Ecology interested in health-related careers craft an education that focuses on prevention and wellness. Our students are confident in their preparation for medical school and for lives as health professionals because they are effective communicators who can incorporate multiple perspectives and critically consider the social, economic and environmental factors that play a role in human health. 

Human Ecology students interested in design careers study the impact that design has on how we interact with materials and everyday objects and perform within spaces. Beyond problem solving, our students use planning, resource management, changing technologies and the strategic use of creativity to transform society. 

Those considering law school can choose coursework and co-curricular experiences that emphasize strong analytical thinking, logical reasoning and effective communication. The Human Ecology curriculum is designed to help students understand the social aspects and human dimensions of the law and motivate them to use their education to effect positive change in the world. 

Understanding the role of business in a global society and the factors that influence consumer behavior and decision making are essential in today’s markets. Along with traditional skills, Human Ecology students are taught to analyze problems, see possibilities and develop solutions without losing sight of the human component.