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Old 11-17-2011, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Up in the air
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That's all that matters!

Besides, aren't you an A&P? That's a worthy career choice!
I did that after my music degree was done... Cars got boring, so I moved on to airplanes

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If one pursues a degree strictly out of intellectual curiosity rather than as a career calling card, wouldn't the same be accomplished by using public knowledge available to them, at a substantial savings? Why do they have such an inferiority complex as to require a piece of paper to make themselves feel worthy of expertise in a topic?
Because my college offered use of multi million dollar state of the art equipment that a layman would never have access to. How often is someone whose just interested in music as a hobby going to have the opportunity to run a soundboard for an orchestra? Or, in the case of my engineering degree, have access to a wind tunnel big enough to put a Cessna 172 in?
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Old 11-17-2011, 01:45 PM
 
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No one is looking down their nose at others. This is about the future of America. Individualism still matters in this country, yes, but at the end of the day a prudent citizen will ask themselves "is it worth it?" It affects all of us when others make bad decisions, and in an economy that just isn't capable of handling useless majors, it becomes that much more important to ask serious questions before embarking on something that is documented as high risk, little reward. That's what this article helps to point out.
I just disagree with the assessment of those majors as being "high risk / little reward".

The articles criteria is the pay, which I pointed out has an enormous cost of living bias among other problems.

Your describing a music major, ag major etc. as "useless" because they aren't high paying is where I'm drawing a line.
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Old 11-17-2011, 01:48 PM
 
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hard to believe that chemistry and agriculture made the list but women's studies and ethnic studies did not
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Old 11-17-2011, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Palm Springs, CA
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hard to believe that chemistry and agriculture made the list but women's studies and ethnic studies did not
Or this:

SDSU second in nation to offer LGBT major | SignOnSanDiego.com
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Old 11-17-2011, 01:58 PM
 
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What's your take on that degree?
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:01 PM
 
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hard to believe that chemistry and agriculture made the list but women's studies and ethnic studies did not
A lot of people who study chemistry do it because they are very interested in chemistry and use it to go into academic research. It's fascinating work with long hours and little pay.
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:02 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Great thread. Anybody who has a clue about cost-benefit maximization will avoid any of the undergrad degrees mentioned.
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:02 PM
 
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In before the anecdotal outliers.

Too late.
Aww poor you.
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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Yay, my MIS degree isn't there!
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:04 PM
 
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A lot of people who study chemistry do it because they are very interested in chemistry and use it to go into academic research. It's fascinating work with long hours and little pay.
Of all the majors listed, Chemistry surprised me the most. I've dealt extensively in the R&D world and i'm certain that many of the people i've dealt with majored in Chemistry in college. Granted most of those folks do have graduate degrees, but having a scientific discipline on the list surprised me, nevertheless.
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