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Friday, October 5, 2012

A College Degree Helps You Land A Job, But What If You Major In English?

A high school grad earns 40 percent less than someone with a bachelor’s degree, according to Kiplinger.They’re also more than twice as likely to be unemployed.

But do those numbers change depending on your major? Yes, and Caitlin Dewey of Kiplinger crunched the data to figure out how.

She writes about the best and worst college majors for your career.

Best College Majors For Your Career

  • Medical Assisting Services
  • Management Information Systems
  • Construction Services
  • Medical Technologies
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering

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Read the rest of Caitlin’s “best” list here. Now onto the “worst” list:

Worst Majors For Your Career

  • Anthropology: Unemployment is at 6.9 percent, median salary is $40,000 and Kiplinger reports the “likelihood of working retail” is 2.1 times average.
  • Fine Arts:Unemployment is at 7.4 percent, median salary $44,000, likelihood of working retail is 1.8 times average.
  • Film and Photography: Unemployment is at 7.2 percent, median salary $42,000, likelihood of working retail is 2.0 times average.
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies: Unemployment is at 7.4 percent, median salary $44,000, likelihood of working retail is 1.8 times average
  • Graphic Design: Unemployment is at 8.1 percent, median salary is $45,000 and likelihood of working retail is 0.6 times average.
  • Studio Arts: Unemployment is at 8.0 percent, median salary is $37,000 and likelihood of working retail is 2.3 times average.
  • Liberal Arts: Unemployment is at 7.6 percent, median salary is $48,000 and likelihood of working retail is 1.8 times average.
  • Drama and Theater Arts: Unemployment is at 7.1 percent, median salary is $40,000 and the likelihood of working retail is 2.1 times average.
  • Sociology: Unemployment is at 7 percent, median salary is $45,000 and the likelihood of working retail is 1.4 times average.
  • English: Unemployment is at 6.7 percent, median salary is $48,000 and the likelihood of working retail is 1.4 times average.

Guest:

  • Caitlin Dewey, reporter for Kinglinger

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