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