Trying to decide on a college major? You may want to look before you leap. According to a study from the Georgetown University Center on Education, while the average unemployment rate for all recent college graduates* is 7.9 percent, this figure differs significantly from one degree to another.
So how’s an aspiring student to decide?
“Choose a major that lines up well with your current experience or in an area you are passionate about,” suggests David Bakke, a financial columnist at Money Crashers, an online resource for personal finance, education, and career advice. He also urges students to think carefully about life after college. “You might be searching for a job a bit longer if you choose a major in an industry that isn’t doing much hiring.”
Bakke’s not the only one urging caution…”The job market is flooded with new grads who selected majors that offer little chance of employment or return on investment of their education. A little planning could help many students from graduating with an unmarketable degree in a competitive job market,” says college and career strategist Elizabeth Venturini of CollegeCareerResults.com, an online service providing personalized college and career plans for students.
To help with your planning, we’ve combed through the Georgetown Report’s study to identify which degrees you may want to avoid, and which might have brighter prospects.
Keep reading to learn more…