John Konop sent me a link to a Kiplinger video highlighting the 10 worst college majors for career prospects.
Of course, my son’s major, philosophy, was on high on the list, which included the usual suspects, fine arts, English, sociology, and anthropology.
The video contends that since college is now a major investment — with the average grad ending up $25,000 in debt – students ought to know which majors yield the poorest return on their tuition investment.
Graduates of visual arts, theater and design programs face double digit unemployment rates. The average fine arts graduate is also twice as likely to end up working in retail as the typical college graduate.
Liberal arts majors also face a tough road. Grads who majored in English face a 9.2 percent unemployment rate and make $32,000 out of school. Newly minted philosophers face unemployment rates of almost 11 percent and earn $30,000 0n average.
However, recent anthropology graduates confront the most challenging straits — unemployment rates of 10.5 percent and salaries of $28,000, less than median pay for someone with only a high school diploma.
On other hand, I have a young neighbor who recently graduated UGA with an archaeology degree, a field that I considered as a college student but was dissuaded by the terrible job prospects even then. But he found a job in the field, so it can be done. (Of course, he has now shifted direction, but has continued with his vow of poverty. He is working in theater and living in his parents’ basement.)
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog