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5 Best/Worst Majors – You Really Need to Read/Share This

Posted by Alan J. McMillan on Sat, Mar 08, 2014 @ 11:04 AM

What are the 5 best/worst majors?  These articles come around often, I am sending this one your way with some advice.  You can Google and see lots of these-type best/worst lists.  The link to this article is at the end of this post.

You have to balance your passion and your dreams versus your employability and your earnings.  You should go into your college experience with eyes wide open. 

If the primary reason for you going to college is to gain well compensated employment, and the research says that is the objective from the perspective of both students and parents, you need to become informed as you navigate your college journey. 

This becomes even more exaggerated when you factor in college debt.  Bill Bennett, a former US Secretary of Education and author, suggests in his must read, ‘Is College Worth It,’ that it would be prudent that as a student signs up for college loans, they are shown what their likely annual compensation would be for their major.  Then compare that annual compensation with the annual college loan payment.  Do you still want the loan?  Do you want to re-think your major? 

It is not a matter of course at colleges, as students sign up for financing (debt), this step rarely happens.  THIS MAKES IT IMPERATIVE THAT YOU STAY ON TOP OF THIS YOURSELF.  Typically, if you don’t figure this out, no one will do it for you. 

Too many college graduates are stunned by this outcome when it hits them after graduation and they wish they had a ‘do-over’ button.  Use your time on campus wisely.  College is here to serve you and your ambitions.  Be wise. 

Now there is more to it than a degree.  You leave college at a macro level in three categories:  Challenged, Malleable and Highly Malleable, and employers know they need to train you.  But in reality, many roles require a foundation of basics that will either include you or exclude you from opportunity.  Often that boils down to your major. 

Can you major and get a degree on this list noted as ‘worst’ and become extraordinarily successful? Of course you can.  But it is prudent to look at the bigger picture.  With half of todays graduates struggling with under or unemployment, again be wise. 

How do you find information about employment and earning in regard to your major or degree? 

A terrific resource is PayScale.com.  It is a free site where you can view a ton of data.  By way of example, here is a link to their section on compensation by major (scroll down and it lists from 120 majors, then bookmark this site, browse through it and share it with your friends):  

This is the article that inspired today’s blog (Best/Worst).  

Finally, it is more about you and your engagement at college, where you intern and how well you do there, as well as how effectively you hunt for your first job role that will determine your success.  Have the momentum of our economic times and employment trends creating wind to your back.   Make whatever you do and wherever you go, a bit more certain as well as easier.

I rarely ask this, but this is so important would you please share it with your friends who are in or about to embark on their college experience.  Thanks! 


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