Phi Beta Cons

Choosing the Wrong Major Could Cost You

In today’s feature story at The College Fix, Notre Dame senior Claire Gillen examines a recent study by Georgetown researchers on the connection between unemployment and choice of college major. Turns out, choosing the right major makes a big difference in terms of future job prospects.

Choosing the wrong major can make you twice as likely to end up unemployed. Researchers found that the highest rates belong to recent graduates in architecture (13.9 percent), the arts (11.1 percent), and the social sciences (8.9 percent). The undergraduate degrees with the lowest rates of unemployment are health (5.4 percent), education (5.4 percent), and agriculture and natural resources (7 percent).

Likewise, median earnings vary according to the degree earned. Engineering majors earn a median salary of $55,000 per year, while arts, social, and psychology majors’ median earnings are $33,000.

I wonder how many college freshmen fully appreciate how dramatic a difference their choice of a major will make in their economic futures? Maybe colleges should publish this information and distribute it to incoming students. I wonder, if that were the case, what would happen to the enrollment stats for all those gender- and race-studies departments around the country?

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