Chart: College degrees that garner job offers


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  • Daniel Leifker San Francisco, CA
    Jan. 24, 2014 10:24 a.m.

    I was originally a German major who switched to computer science. I figure that switch was worth at least $2 million over the course of 40 years in the workforce. Okay, $1.2 million after taxes. Still impressive.

    Best advice I got from a wise professor: choose a degree based on how many doors it will open for you, and don't let your hobbies and passions overtake your career. I miss German literature and language, but a higher income allowed me to hire a private German teacher for years and to fly to Europe often.

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    Jan. 23, 2014 2:37 p.m.

    souptwins: My mistake, I see it now. It looks like Business Insider and Forbes are using different criteria. This one only shows how many receive job offers before graduation, the Business Insider measure was the relative employment rate juxtaposed against a major. BAs have a higher rate of unemployment, but it appears those who are employed receive offers before graduation.

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 12:31 p.m.

    OHBU-- Bus. Admin. is there and looks to be around 54%. Maybe you missed it.
    This chart also doesn't tell us if additional students found jobs shortly after graduation. There are also some students who study the right thing from the right school and are more likely to find jobs. Some fields seek out grad's from certain programs they know will do a good job while avoiding others. The key is to get the education necessary for your for field and not get too caught up in how impressive it will sound to the relatives at Thanksgiving dinner. I'd love to see more students consider skilled work that may not require a degree at all but is a better fit for their interests while providing a rewarding & good paying career. A big student loan getting a degree that never gets used doesn't do any good.

  • tesuji Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 12:22 p.m.

    I lament the trend in some quarters of ruling out all college degrees except low-risk ones or supposedly-lucrative ones.

    I graduated from BYU in humanities and it didn't ruin my life. I have had careers in technical writing and web development.

    If we abandon all fields of knowledge except business, medicine, law and engineering then we risk becoming a nation of highly-skilled barbarians.

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    Jan. 23, 2014 10:48 a.m.

    The field they left off is actually the most underemployed field right now: Business Administration. (Source: Business Insider)

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 10:34 a.m.

    The survey needs to break down, if they actually got a job in the field that they studied. Same thing with the pay.

    Yes, you might have a job, but, is it in what you studied? Yes you graduated with a degree and have a high paying job, but, if it's in something unrelated; then did the degree actually benefit you for that employment or was it something else that got you hired?

    I always loved when the University of Utah pushed it's professors to give the numbers of students that graduated with a degree and what the average pay is for that degree. All of the numbers are skewed.

    There should be more truth in education...

  • Bob Wiley North Salt Lake, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 10:14 a.m.

    Go computer science! I graduated with that major 8 years ago and have found that jobs in the field are plentiful. Pay is also very good. We need more good software developers.

  • romeisn'tburning layton, ut
    Jan. 23, 2014 8:40 a.m.

    I love seeing articles like this. Makes the claim about college grads not being able to find work a lie. As a Civil and Environmental graduate from the University of Utah, I had 3 offers before I received my diploma in 2010. I'm sure the people that were always watching youtube in the union, and got a gender studies degree probably didn't enjoy the same situation.