What Not to Get That Degree In

20 Nov

Used to be, a college degree was a reasonably sure fire ticket to employment. Not in today’s America. Here are some numbers which are scary…

Interestingly enough – there are several engineering fields on this list. So much for “rebuilding” America. The majority of these are services oriented.

A Tin Cup, Instead of a job

25 college majors with the highest unemployment rates

The worst nightmare of a college student has got to be graduating without a job. And the college major that a student selects can actually increase his or her chances of getting stuck in an unemployment line.

College majors that are hampered by highunemployment rates include a variety of psychology degrees, fine arts and architecture. The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce delved into U.S. Census Bureau statistics to determine the employment rates of 173 college majors; I crossed them against a list of the most popular college majors.

College majors with the highest unemployment

  • 1. Clinical psychology 19.5%
  • 2. Miscellaneous fine arts 16.2%
  • 3. United States history 15.1%
  • 4. Library science 15.0%
  • 5. (tie) Military technologies; educational psychology 10.9%
  • 6. Architecture 10.6%
  • 7. Industrial & organizational psychology 10.4%
  • 8. Miscellaneous psychology 10.3%
  • 9. Linguistics & comparative literature 10.2%
  • 10. (tie) Visual & performing arts; engineering & industrial management 9.2%
  • 11. Engineering & industrial management 9.2%
  • 12. Social psychology 8.8%
  • 13. International business 8.5%
  • 14. Humanities 8.4%
  • 15. General social sciences 8.2%
  • 16. Commercial art & graphic design 8.1%
  • 17. Studio art 8.0%
  • 18. Pre-law & legal studies 7.9%
  • 19. Materials engineering and materials science and composition & speech (tie) 7.7%
  • 20. Liberal arts 7.6%
  • 21. (tie) Fine arts and genetics 7.4%
  • 22. Film video & photography arts and cosmetology services & culinary arts (tie) 7.3%
  • 23. Philosophy & religious studies and neuroscience (tie) 7.2%
  • 24. Biochemical sciences 7.1%
  • 25. (tie) Journalism and sociology 7.0%

Posted by on November 20, 2011 in The Post-Racial Life


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6 responses to “What Not to Get That Degree In

  1. brotherbrown

    November 21, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Which leaves what, exactly? Hard to make an argument to go to college for the class of 2012. Can everyone major in entrepreneurship?

    I was thinking about this the other day, whatever line of work one enters after college, they don’t do the same thing for 40 years, with the possible exception of physician, accountant and attorney.


    • btx3

      November 21, 2011 at 6:06 PM

      It is true that people’s vocations change. However, one of the stupid things about today’s job market is that companies increasingly try and pigeonhole people into narrow specializations.


  2. nanakwame

    November 22, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Liberals Arts is down at the bottom which proves as I told my twins, writing and thinking skills will still get you a job over the social science fields any day. Add some techie skills like automated office skills or some computerize consoles, and with good looks, you can find a gig. Surprise at bio chemical, but with interdisciplinary fields in lab work; it points to a transition in the work force.


    • t-shirts101

      November 22, 2011 at 3:56 PM

      Nana, agreed, but with some exceptions: technical skills should be evaluated as well. Off-shoring general computer programming (for example) reduces the chances for someone here to get a job. Middle management in IT or specialized business software skills cannot be easlily sent off shore. It depends.


  3. Constructive Feedback

    November 25, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    [quote]25. (tie) Journalism and sociology 7.0%[/quote]

    Fear not, Mr BT –

    * MSNBC
    * Washington Post Co
    * New York TImes Corp

    has a bevy of “Paid Negroes” on staff to keep the “messaging” that is trained upon the Black community flowing.

    With election season under way they are sure to increase their staff levels to refract the impact that the economic circumstances might otherwise compel the Black community to in defense of our interests.


    • btx3

      November 25, 2011 at 4:46 PM

      And, other than the obvious differences in education, intellect, and grasp of the English language…

      The difference between those folks and yourself?

      I man – if conservatives can’t hire intelligent Negroes…

      That isn’t the “liberal establishment’s” problem.



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