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College education: The best and worst degrees for getting a job

North Central College diploma. NCC is in Naperville, Illinois
North Central College diploma. NCC is in Naperville, Illinois
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So, you’re entrenched in the last half of your high school years or just beginning college with the core curriculum. You’ve got to start thinking about where you realistically can go to college or continue your college career – location, grade-history-wise, and financially. Perhaps even more important than where you decide to apply and get accepted for your college education is what you are planning on majoring in when you get deep into your college experience. Georgetown University has done an extensive study to help a young person decide on a major.

There is much more to deciding what to major in than simply fulfilling one’s childhood dreams of becoming a (fill in the blank). More than having the dream, one should look at where his or her passions truly lie because, after all, you are likely going to engaged in that discipline of study and work for about five more decades. Yes, by the time college students retire from their chosen-professions, they will likely be close to – if not beyond – 70 years of age due to the push to extend the retirement age - due to life expectancy lengthening.

Beyond where the passion is burning in a young adult’s being, it is only smart to look at where current jobs are available. After all, choosing a profession that is not in demand is not the smart thing to do. Additionally, choosing a profession that is predicted to die out is only going to require a person to have to get retrained in the future for a career that actually has solid jobs.

Yahoo! News has sorted through Georgetown University’s data and come up with the degrees that may be best for a person to pursue – as well as those which a person may be better off skipping. The bachelor degrees worth pursuing in these times are quite varied. The good degrees could end one up in a doctor’s office or hospital, a classroom, a bank or financial institution or elsewhere.

The top five degrees, according to an analysis of the study, are listed with their current unemployment rates. Nursing has a current unemployment rate of just 4.8 percent, and word is that the prospects for future employment are very good as the need for nurses is growing. Elementary education is listed as the second best degree to pursue at this time. Persons choosing such degrees have faced only a 5 percent unemployment rate.

Finance is the third-best area of study to pursue according to the study. Recent graduates who obtained a finance degree are still below the nation’s unemployment rate. These graduates are faced with only a 5.9 percent unemployment rate. Persons who desire a degree and employment in marketing and marketing research are choosing a good line of work, according to the study. Recent graduates with such degrees have faced a 6.6 percent unemployment rate in their chosen field.

College students who have majored in business management and administration have found good prospects for future employment. The rate of unemployment for such job-seekers is currently at 7.8 percent. This degree, furthermore, covers a great number of jobs in business.

The study also focused on the degrees that one should avoid in these times. Somewhat surprisingly, technology’s information systems is the worst degree to pursue in these times as 14.7 percent of recent persons with such a degree are still unemployed. Architecture is the second-worst degree to obtain at this time as 12.8 percent of such degreed job seekers are still seeking work.

A degree in anthropology is discouraged as 12.6 percent of those grads are unemployed, largely because the degree is limited mostly to a college educator’s job market. A degree in film, video and photography arts is discouraged at this time due to the unemployment rate currently running at 11.4 percent. Next, political science degree earners are listed as having a high unemployment rate of 11.1 percent, and the obvious reason for this being the case is that the studies are designed for persons who plan on seeking political office one day – and not necessarily getting a traditional job.

In summary, the top 5 Bachelor Degrees to obtain in current times are Nursing, Elementary Education, Finance, Marketing and Marketing Research, and Business Management and Administration. The worst 5 Bachelor Degrees to obtain in current job-market times are Information Systems, Architecture, Anthropology, the Arts involving Film and Video and Photography, and Political Science. The study not only suggests job availabilities for current times, but projects to future employment needs in the various educational disciplines.