Written in the stars: Best degrees for your old and new zodiac signs

Baby, what's your sign?

Up until recently, that question's most likely answer was, "Beat it, creep." Now the question invites a full-fledged identity crisis because a few astronomers did a little bit of stellar math and adjusted the dates for all the signs of the zodiac to account for the Earth's wobbly axis. They also resurrected a "lost" 13th sign, Ophiuchus, which requires that anyone born under the sign be able to pronounce it (hint: off-ih-YOU-kuss).

Plenty of astrology experts say this new zodiac isn't new and isn't news--it's called the sidereal zodiac; the Western world uses the slightly different tropical zodiac based on the seasons which means the zodiac dates stay the same and you don't need to fret about putting your goat tattoo out to pasture. But have you considered that perhaps Fate's hand is giving you an opportunity to reinvent yourself, to choose your sign and to make some star-studded life changes, especially to your career? Whatever your old or new zodiac signs, baby, there's a perfect career and degree program to go along with it.

Aries: The ram

Tropical zodiac: March 21 - April 19
Sidereal zodiac: April 18 - May 13

You're creative, adaptive and strong-willed--which means you know how to win an argument. Why not put that to use in the courtroom?

  • Best career for Aries: Attorney
  • Best degree programs for Aries: Any bachelor's degree followed by a Juris Doctor (JD) degree

Taurus: The bull

Tropical zodiac: April 20 - May 20
Sidereal zodiac: May 13 - June 21

You might be stubborn, but that just means you like to see things through. You're also efficient, practical, and a perfect fit for a job as the bullish boss.

  • Best career for Taurus: CEO or general manager
  • Best degrees for Taurus: Master of Business Administration/MBA

Gemini: The twins

Tropical zodiac: May 21 - June 20
Sidereal zodiac: June 21 - July 20

An understanding, charismatic person like yourself can help people through a lot, and you have an uncanny knack for seeing both side of the argument.

Cancer: The crab

Tropical zodiac: June 21 - July 22
Sidereal zodiac: July 20 - August 10

With your love for beginnings, family and home-life, there's no better place for you than around children. Earn your degree online, so you don't have to take time away from the kids.

Leo: The lion

Tropical zodiac: July 23 - August 22
Sidereal zodiac: August 10 - September 16

You're a natural born leader. You exude power and have a gift for making the right decision quickly--especially when it isn't an obvious one.

  • Best career for Leo: Politician
  • Best degree programs for Leo: Bachelor's degree in government or political science, followed by Master of Public Administration degree or a Juris Doctor in law

Virgo: The virgin

Tropical zodiac: August 23 - September 22
Sidereal zodiac: September 16 - October 30

A social being with an analytical edge, you're probably already planning your next party. Stop moonlighting, and follow your passion.

Libra: The scales

Tropical zodiac: September 23 - October 22
Sidereal zodiac: October 30 - November 23

Balance is the name of your game. You crave it; you create it. And you know how to make your point.

Scorpio: The scorpion

Tropical zodiac: October 23 - November 21
Sidereal zodiac: November 23 - November 29

You are bold and nearly unshakably focused, both of which make you perfectly suited for a career upholding the law.

Ophiuchus: The serpent bearer

Sidereal zodiac: November 29 - December 17

Classically associated with doctors and the healing arts, it's no surprise that you're destined for medicine. Your penchant for bright colors could come in handy when it's time to pick out scrubs, too.

Sagittarius: The centaur

Tropical zodiac: November 22 - December 21
Sidereal zodiac: December 17 - January 20

The focused and intense philosopher, you were born to put pen to page. You also like to put your mental pursuits first, which means a career that lets you roam would be best.

Capricorn: The goat

Tropical zodiac: December 22 - January 19
Sidereal zodiac: January 20 - February 16

A highly intelligent, practical, systematic and organized person like yourself can make numbers dance. Cash in on an in-demand career that highlights your strengths.

Aquarius: The water bearer

Tropical zodiac: January 20 - February 18
Sidereal zodiac: February 16 - March 11

You're known as the humanitarians of the zodiac. Add that to your ability to produce success from unlikely beginnings and an unflagging trustworthiness, and you've got yourself a great career path.

Pisces: The fish

Tropical zodiac: February 19 - March 20
Sidereal zodiac: March 11 - April 18

As a collector of knowledge with a flair for generosity and devotion, you've got a great future in education. Take up the cause of some thirsty-for-knowledge youngsters, and settle in for a life-long, happy career.

Not convinced it's the best career for your sign? You can either bust out the tarot deck for a bit more guidance or you can take some time to research the above careers and degree programs a bit more. After all, Fate is a fickle mistress and you wouldn't want to appear ungrateful for the opportunity, would you?

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