10 worst majors for your career

While it's true that college graduates as a group earn more than those who do not have degrees, there are some glaring exceptions.

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Jul 13, 2013 4:25PM
Find this interesting.  My opinion is that schools should give students stats on how well job placement is for certain degrees for graduates leaving that institution

Jun 25, 2013 2:39PM
I support people who are in the arts but I wouldn't do it as a major. I had thought about being a music major but the one at my college is really for those who want to teach music, not for those who want to perform. I would rather anything with liberal arts through separate classes since they leave us enough credits to do almost two minors. It makes more sense to me to do it that way since I have never known what I wanted to do and just decided on becoming a lawyer. By the way, my mother is accountant and she makes a good amount of money. She also knows how to use English in a very professional way just from my grandmother who didn't go to college and had learned how to from her jobs. Sometimes you just need the classes, not the major.
Jan 22, 2013 10:38AM

Doing what you love and not worrying about the pay is great in theory.  But in practice, your mortgage company doesn't give a damn whether or not you love your job.  They want their money on time, every time.  The light and gas company doesn't give a damn about whether you love what you do, if you don't pay they will shut your utilities off.  The grocery store doesn't give you food credit because you 'love what you do'.  In this world today, you need MONEY!!!!!!  I would rather exchange money for happiness for a few years and then be financially stable enough to do what I love to do.  No one cares about you when you don't have money.  Money answers all things. 

Dec 10, 2012 10:46AM
I totally agree with this article. I have a degree in English, and I have had absolutely NO luck finding a job. I was always told that companies want to employ those who read and write well, but it's a lie. In regular old jobs I get passed over because I have a degree and they think I'll leave. In a bit higher job I don't have enough experience so, I get passed over again. There really is not much prospect for those of us who love English but don't want to teach. I am considering going down the library path or some other path.
Dec 10, 2012 9:49AM
So basically they are mentioning college majors where you really don't need a degree to be in that field.......they just use more words than I did.
Dec 8, 2012 7:08PM
All these comments are mostly worthless.  Reality.  The general unemployment is about 7.7% with more who have simply given up trying.  The unemployment rate for STEM is 2.5%.  Why would you spend 100 grand on studying something that pays you nothing?  That is stupid.  Stick to STEM.   You can also go to certain community colleges in the U.S. and get a two year degree for a electronics tech that will pay you 50 grand per year to start.   If  you do not want the college degree, try industrial mechanic.  Thousands of places ot work in the U.S. and overseas.
Dec 4, 2012 3:09PM
I agree that college is not for everyone. There will be alot of baby-boomers retiring in years to come and there will be a great need for skilled labor. The number 1 & 2 job demands right now are for truck drivers and auto mechanics.  I know I wish I knew how to fix cars when something goes wrong.  How much was your bill the last time you had to take it in because it was not running properly?  Not to mention the fact that if u get into an apprenticeship program you'll be earning money to learn and after 4 years get your journeymen's license more than likely earning double. What do you get after 4 years of college?,   $100,000.00 in debt that u have to start paying back.  I'm not saying college is a bad thing, its just not for everyone.   And for those of you who are not ready for college, there are other options.
Dec 4, 2012 12:48PM

I think this list is trash. I've done well with my Sociology degree, mostly because of the experience I obtained while in college. The degree has only helped me gain employment.

My B.A. is in Sociology and I'm a fundraiser/event planner for a NPO. I love what I do and can take care of my family. I've been in this field for 5 years after transitioning from a 5 year career in Higher Education, which also helped me transition into fundraising and event planning.



You can have a degree in any field and be unemployed. It depends on your local economy as what soft skills you posess, in addition to that degree.


On the other hand, everyone is not made for traditonal college. I could never build anything and have much appreciation for the trades. We need to stear our children approprately.



Dec 4, 2012 12:38PM

I can understand Kiplinger's take on this subject. They are looking only at the monetary benefits and payback from a college education. This is a practical way to go but I submit that it is wrong to count out other areas of education majors based soley on the material benefits.


If no one studies english,anthropology or fine arts in the future, those wonderful subjects will stagnate and die out only to be studied in history books.


Students should try to make a living, but should base their major on their passion, not their pocketbook, because in the end they will spend their lifetime pursuing this subject.

Dec 4, 2012 12:13PM
This is one of the few threads that I am reading a LOT of informative and insightful opinions.  I am welcoming feedback/suggestions from anyone who could offer some valuable information to me.  I have a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice and will have my Master's in Organizational Leadership (to expand my options) in the next year.  I will owe between 70-80K by the time I am done :(.  I live in Orlando, Fl and the job market is GARBAGE here. I am open to relocating and at a crossroads as far as job options (I've applied for a little bit of everything).  Looking for places to possibly relocate where the job opportunities are greater along with job positions  that could use my degree. Any information is appreciated.  Thanks in advance!
Dec 4, 2012 11:42AM
This list could be called "Me and all my friends." We're all doing just fine, thank you. Not suffering. Win awards, earn grants, publish. One's a CEO making 7 figures. One's a Real estate investor with 20+ high-end rental properties. One organizes one of the "Top 10 Beer Festivals in America" (according to USA Today) and other large events. We're happy, too, especially when we get to spend time with each other. Some of us have even worked retail. I make under the English median, but the cost of living is so low where and the location is so cool (to me), I'd compare my over-all life satisfaction to anyone anywhere. If you want a job with one of these degrees you just have to be prepared to compete with others who also want them. Is that why they are considered "worst"? Too hard to get ? Well, let the whimpy (who have to have better than median to "make it") study marketing.  
Dec 4, 2012 10:37AM
You cant get more out then you put in the more you know the better all people do not need a degree !!! learn a trade !!!
Dec 4, 2012 9:51AM
Where do they get their median salary for recent grads numbers from?  They are very skewed I can tell you that.  The numbers they have here make it seem like the Average college grad makes over $30,000 a year and I can tell you thats a bunch of bull. 
Dec 4, 2012 9:33AM

The current assumption in the marketplace is that business majors (aside from accounting) learn useful skills.  Not true.  Most business programs at regional comprehensive universities are dumbed down far more than any of the 10 listed majors and basically just stamp a credential on the student's forehead.  One wonders that employers do not rebel against this situation.  But we are a credential society whether is means something or not.  On the other hand, the graduates of the elite business programs are largely responsible for our current economic mess.  So maybe more art majors would have kept us out of the current recession?

How much you make with an English degree depends on where you live.  I know someone in Vietnam who makes a very good living by teaching English courses to  200 people at a time, each of whom pays cash upon entering the room.  The Vietnamese are eager to know English for business purposes.  Also, teachers are valued in Asian societies. 
Dec 4, 2012 8:58AM

I’ve seen both sides.  As a manufacturing Engineer for many years I made a decent salary.  I like to think a college degree made the difference.  Worked long hours, answered to management.  Very high stress.  My reward for all that was termination.


Now I own my own Pool Service business.  I am essentially a Pool Man.  I work less hours and make more money (30 hrs/wk. & $100k.)  Plus I don’t have a head strong boss to answer to. 

Dec 4, 2012 7:55AM

You don't have to be the best at every thing! BE the best ditch digger that does the best job and work hard,

you will be from the school of hard knocks!

Dec 4, 2012 6:17AM
As many have expressed, this is about lifelong professional satisfaction, not money in the bank. I have degrees in both Religious Studies and Anthropology with the intent of becoming professor of religious cultural anthropology.  Instead, due to a few glitches, I didn't follow this passion and ended up in a different career making much more money and I have been miserable ever since.  And trust me, there are thousands of us who chose the money route and now regret it.  Realize that you only need enough money for your essentials, live within your means and follow your dreams. You will be happier.   
Dec 4, 2012 6:11AM
am not against education but speaking from experience sometimes we need to be selective and wise on our studies especially if you don't come from a wealthy family. Yes money isn't everything but living in a life with responsibilities and living in the real world is hard. However, it is all in the individual if you love the arts and care enough to make low fingers then so be it as long as you are happy. But if you want a little bit of luxury and financial freedom and efficient lifestyle then, choose a study that can helps us get buy. Remember if it doesn't put food on the table, then your degree is just an embelishment of one self.
Dec 4, 2012 5:11AM
I noticed someone else commented about the German system, while another spoke of supply/demand.  As it turns out, the Germans keep track of that, too.  If you are channeled early in your production life, you become a valued contributor to the society and with three different categories of where you can make your contribution, the playing field is significantly narrowed when it comes to making a choice.  The three categories are Gymnasium, these are the only kids going to college, Realschule, these the the kids doing the technical/labor related service jobs, and then Hauptschule, which is the path for those working services.  The big difference with the university system in Germany compared with the US is that the Germans lack the distractions of college football, basketball, and other extracurricular activities that in effect draw intellect from all three categories into their education system, when their entire focus is to nurture the intellect delivered to them from Gymnasium.  If you want to play any sport or have an extracurricular activity, then join a club and pay for it yourself.  You're at the University to learn, not play.
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