Hop­ing for a job? Choose th­ese de­grees

Sur­vey finds un­likely hi­er­ar­chy of which fields of­fer the best re­sults

The Arizona Republic - - TRENDING - Kellie Ban­calari

Un­til col­lege grad­u­a­tion, most stu­dents spend their lives pre­par­ing for one thing: a job.

Unem­ploy­ment among col­lege grad­u­ates has been on the de­cline in the past decade.

But just how mar­ketable is your de­gree? That English ma­jor is still go­ing to make it dif­fi­cult to find a job af­ter col­lege, but so will a math de­gree.

Of the 2,005 grad­u­ates polled in a Course Hero sur­vey, 80% with an English de­gree were em­ployed. Only 76% of math ma­jors were em­ployed.

Ar­chi­tec­ture, phys­i­cal or en­vi­ron­men­tal sciences, and com­mu­ni­ca­tions ma­jors, had the high­est rates of em­ploy­ment, at 96%, 95% and 93%, re­spec­tively. Ar­chi­tec­ture ma­jors were also the most likely to have a job se­cured be­fore they grad­u­ated from col­lege.

The sur­vey, con­ducted June 5-16, polled peo­ple who ob­tained a bach­e­lor’s de­gree or higher from 2007 to 2017.

Course Hero CEO An­drew Grauer said he hopes stu­dents will use the informatio­n to help them look to­ward the fu­ture and ask prac­ti­cal ques­tions about choos­ing a ma­jor.

“No­body can pre­dict the fu­ture,” Grauer said in an email to USA TO­DAY Col­lege. “It’s valu­able for col­lege stu­dents to think be­yond what they en­joy study­ing to­day when they se­lect a ma­jor and ask them­selves ques­tions such as, where could this area of study take me?”

The sur­vey found just 16% of col­lege grad­u­ates would choose the same ma­jor again. But for a grad­u­ate like Catherine Lanyon, de­spite a “stress­ful” job search, given the choice to do col­lege all over again, she wouldn’t sac­ri­fice her pas­sion for prac­ti­cal­ity.

Lanyon, a 2017 grad­u­ate of Bos­ton Univer­sity who re­ceived a bach­e­lor of science de­gree in English ed­u­ca­tion, de­scribed her job search for a teach­ing po­si­tion as stress­ful and frus­trat­ing.

“I knew that I would be paid lit­tle and that get­ting or keep­ing a job might be­come more com­pli­cated as so­ci­ety ad­vances and ex­pects more from ed­u­ca­tors,” Lanyon told USA TO­DAY Col­lege. “But I would not change my child­hood dreams for any­thing.”

to be­yond“It’s valu­able­for stu­dents­think col­lege what en­joy they study­ing to­day when they se­lect a ma­jor.” Course Hero CEO An­drew Grauer

GRAPHIC BY KELLIE BAN­CALARI

Most em­ploy­able ma­jor: ar­chi­tec­ture. Least: math. (Sur­prised?)

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