11 hot college majors that lead to jobs

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors are among the hottest for career-seeking college students.

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Oct 25, 2013 10:35PM
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Really? Tell my son that who completed two degrees, one in Mechanical Engineering and one in Mathematics, with a 3.46 GPA -- in four years, and 18 months later, not a SINGLE interview after sending resumes across the country -- even at companies that go on CNBC promoting immigration reform to flood the market so they can drive technical rates down in the gutter -- one more step towards destroying the standard of living within our country and passing the savings to the top execs and the rest of the third world countries.  Its time for this nonsense to stop.  Its time to rebuild our standard of living and stop rewarding top execs for cutting meaning employment to stash cash to please us stockholders.  I think most of us stockholders would be okay with 8-10% stock growth.  We don't need instant 100% gains if it means we can sustain meaning job growth for the citizens who currently live in OUR country.. 
Oct 26, 2013 1:53AM
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Learn a trade those jobs never go out of style and they pay well. The Sears repair man that came to my home makes $30 an hour. How many college grads make that and it takes them 4 years of and thousands of dollars to get the degree.
Oct 25, 2013 8:06PM
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The only problem is in four years, they won't be the "hot" degrees anymore.
Oct 26, 2013 1:26AM
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Not sure I would agree with the computer game designer one... *Everyone* wants to be one and most computer game companies don't pay that well unless you're on the core team of a big hit game. Guess what, there are not many of those. Graphic artists and animators? Lots of those around. Make games if you love it, not because you think it will be a lucrative career.
Oct 25, 2013 7:54PM
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Can't over emphasize the need for kids to get as much math as possible from elementary school on. As an engineer I thank my love for math as the major reason for choosing this profession. Now my grandchild has just started college as an engineering major as well. As a magnet school graduate he had the advantage of a lot of mathematics from the early years in this school. By the time they are in high school they are taking calculus and other college courses. I am very proud of both my grandkids and my son for putting them in these great schools.

Oct 25, 2013 8:06PM
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If you are a Sustainability major, you will not get a job. Is that supposed to be a joke lol?
Oct 26, 2013 9:29PM
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Microsoft hired me in the late 90's after two quarters of community college and I made nearly 6 figures my first year (working long hours). I'm pretty sure it was all about how I presented myself and my willingness to show up early and stay late. I paid my dues previously through years of hard work from everything from a roofer to airplane mechanic. I lack much of the book smarts many of the academics bring, but frankly I run circles around most of them when it comes to kicking a$$ and getting the job done. My advice is to study a specific field where you know they are hiring and get after it.
Oct 25, 2013 10:24PM
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wow  lots  of  dopey  kids  in  college  are  --cked.   not  much  in  the  way  of  good   jobs  for  those  with  sociology   and   psycology  degrees.

 

 

there   you   have  it.....  too many majors  for  too  few  jobs... the  hard  sciences   will  always  provide  for  the  best  jobs

Oct 26, 2013 2:03AM
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21 out of work...22 in january. anyone got a job in nampa idaho? college rates here went up...sign of a improving economy.. food went up, rent is going up...why are we still told economy improving? why..stocks are up..so what...rich people and 1% of people run that...not us....prices of food goes up and candy for halloween..people are not spending more just paying more...quit ****ting us US media....i can apply to jobs left and right all day im just that one unlucky % that isnt getting anything.....perhaps i should just wait till oil runs out and the dollar collapes in 2 years estimated...then i can rebuild lol
Oct 28, 2013 7:42AM
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Wow, jobs that will make you hate your life! We really need to make products instead of exporting out natural resources like a third world country. Someone has to realize you cannot sit on your butt all day and "manage" data or people & still have a productive economy. Someone really has to work and produce things.
Oct 25, 2013 10:08PM
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It is supply and demand.  If more people are going into a career than are needed then it does not matter how hot it is.  At least one career here has way more graduates than jobs and the degree is not even that valuable relative to experience by doing. It own your own.  The. Hours are extreme as well.  
The person writing this article failed to do the homework.
Oct 27, 2013 10:59AM
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my spaniard roommate with no experience. got 5 jobs offers for electrical engineers in utility...just phone interview -the utilitity never met him. THat because spaniard or treated like hispanic.  
please get rid of Afirmmative action
Oct 26, 2013 12:49AM
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Part of the problem is regardless of your degree employers don't want to hire a new graduate when there's a lot more unemployed people with experience they can choose from. So the market is even more competitive for them because now not only are they competing with way too many college graduates, but they're competing for jobs with experienced people.

The other part of it is that there was/is a lot of cutting back and belt tightening. So employers aren't in a hurry to hire for new grad entry level positions. Instead of 3-4 positions now there might be 1-2 or even none. 

Last, there's an aversion to new college grads because employers think you don't know anything and they're gonna have to train you, which is not true 1/2 the time but you all get lumped together as greenhorns that don't know anything about the xyz business/industry. 
Oct 28, 2013 9:48AM
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It's time for the U.S. government to drastically reduce the corporate tax rate and lure jobs back to this country, that combined with a higher tax rate on imports.   We as Americans also think we are entitled to make huge salaries in stead of making a decent living.  You have unions such as the UAW that sent the auto industry into a tail spin because it negotiated ridiculous contracts for employees, hence a bigger market for cheaper imports that offer better options.  What would you buy?  Companies like Walmart that will only pay pennies on items if you want your product in their stores you have to outsource the labor and take it away from hard working Americans.  Every time you shop Walmart you are supporting this practice.  The U.S. was once was the manufacturing capitol of the world, we need to get back to that instead of importing almost everything we buy.  I can't tell you the last time I could find any label that said made in the U.S.
Oct 26, 2013 12:15AM
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They are not making anything, creating anything if you consider game design making anything, and they are not jobs of any major consequence to commerce.  yes, they are degrees and not social science as a rule, but they are not learning anything but support for major ventures.  If this is the best we can learn, we have real problems.  I am surprised there is no business related degrees or banking or anything associated with expanding the job market.  Very sad.

PS:  Sustainability ? Really.
Oct 28, 2013 6:37AM
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And almost every one of these degrees is for jobs that can be outsourced, if that is not the case already. That's the point - get a flood of newly-minted candidates for the few jobs that remain, so wages can remain low.
Oct 25, 2013 10:48PM
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I think it's very telling that most of the people in the photos are non-white. Apparently, most of these jobs will be filled by Asians, Latinos and Blacks by Affirmative Action or the H1-B visa program.
Oct 26, 2013 12:15AM
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This is another article written by a idiot liberal, I have two degrees 1 is a law degree and I also retired from the military after 21 yrs. and I drive a cab. Don't count on this worthless administration doing anything to help academics or educations. Hell they just made paying student loans back longer maybe at age 90 u might pay it off. Why spend yrs. in school and be in debt the rest of your life when you have no guarantee of a solid job or career. Women wont date u because your broke and they check your credit score and u have all that debt and no job. Why go to college become a politician, after your 1st term of 4 yrs. of ripping off the public with lies, benefitting from overpriced earmarks, buying stock and vacation housing from lobbyists for voting contrary to what you said you would vote and falling in line with the sorry $#@ rank and file administration you should secure a second term. After 8 yrs. of lying and being overpaid with a 6 figure salary and all the taxpayers footing the bill for your self gratifying indulgences you can either stay in office or build you a nest egg at the peoples expense. Our American political science structure is so broken but you got to love it, well at least all the old crypt keepers and lying politicians love it. Why do you think they always want to stay in office, even after countless scandals and Government shutdowns, because as Americans, they are stupid and forgive them so they can keep ripping off us taxpayers off and them getting richer. Think I am lying...name 1 poor politician....nuff said!!!! 
Oct 28, 2013 10:08AM
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There are too many pointless games out there in the corporate world. Focus is on family style politics as opposed to production in many instances from what I can see. It accomplishes nothing but to reward bad behavior. There is also too much emphasis on: having perfect credit in the hiring process, how you look (when your job doesn't depend on it), who you know/who your family is/nepotism, and other things not related to production. It is time for America to stop screwing itself in so many ways, as well. The trade deficit with countries that solely have their own self-interest in mind is more of a problem (as well as being a cause of) than the national debt, but we don't see our lobby owned government on either side talking about that for some reason. It's time for America to start taking care of itself, we can't pretend to be the world leader in debt to China the way we are, it's a joke. It's time to stop going for "the cheapest possible" (while still charging basically the same and only the execs profiting) and start going for "higher quality" once again as a way to attract customers. The going for cheap as opposed to innovation has stalled innovation and development of new better products, and has definitely not caused anybody to save more, or live better.
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