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Old 11-17-2011, 03:43 PM
 
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yup, like that one. but those are so few in number that we can't expect them to show up in a survey like this.
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:46 PM
 
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Well, I'm guessing that M.A. in Robin Hood Studies can't be all that useful...

BBC - Nottingham - Robin Hood - Study Robin Hood at university
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:49 PM
 
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One of my children came home from university and told her father she was majoring in anthropology. His 1st. question was what kind of job do you expect to get with that degree?
Her response was, excuse me, I thought I was going to college to get an education, not a work permit. Two masters degrees later, she is doing great. None of us ever regretted her major. But, back in the olden days, parents saved to educate their children. It was the duty of the family. I would never burden a kid with 100K worth of debt.
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Between Seattle and Portland
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Oh, PLEASE, about including Ag majors on that list. We don't have enough farmers knowledgeable about how to raise food any more as it is, and knowing how to grow food for seven billion of us on this little blue marble will always be a marketable skill.

Ag majors can be hired as crop consultants or crop breeding specialists at the entry level or, with continued classwork after a bachelor's degree, go on to manage agri-business concerns. Not to mention all the government agencies that would also value such expertise. SOMEBODY HAS TO KNOW HOW TO GROW THE FOOD.

My own degrees are a bachelor's in English a thousand years ago and a more recent associate's in administrative medical technology. I've never had any trouble securing a position where having a command of the English language and knowing how to write well was required. My last job offer came when I was 60, and I beat out 20 other applicants for that opening.

I do agree that more emphasis and student loan forgiveness should be attached to vocational majors that produce graduates with actual, hands-on, traditionally blue-collar skills.
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:53 PM
 
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1. Journalism
2. Horticulture
3. Agriculture
4. Advertisting
5. Fashion Design
6. Child/Family Studies
7. Music
8. Mechanical Engineering Technology
9. Chemistry
10. Nutrition
11. Human Resources
12. Theater
13. Art History
14. Photography
15. Literature
16. Art
17. Fine Arts
18. Psychology
19. English
20. Animal Science

No wonder this nation is screwed! Check out how many students graduated with these degrees in the 2008-2009 timeframe! And to think that thousands of students are in DEBT over this crap!

Useless College Majors, From Journalism to Psychology to Theater - The Daily Beast
<shrug>

My English degree serves me quite well, actually.
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:53 PM
 
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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.
My undergrad degree is in Chemistry and I know a lot of chemists. It didn't really surprise me.

Most of the kids I knew went straight into labs out of college got hired as lab techs or research assistants on salary in the 22,000-28,000 range while they mulled over going to grad school or not (these were kids who graduated college between 2002-2007). Some went from college into a 3-5 year PhD program, then to a 1 or 2 year post doc, and then got hired as assistant professors making in the 40,000-45,000 range (after 9 or 10 years of training in Chemistry). A few went the masters route and then went into pharmaceuticals or some other type of corporate chemistry - they make good money, but it's nowhere near as interesting as academic research.
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Palm Springs, CA
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What's your take on that degree?
Seems like a joke to me. What are they gonna do? Watch gay porn every day? Take a field trip to the Folsom Street Fair and then write essays on their experiences? (Just imagine the 'experiences' they could have.)

Majors like women's studies and gay studies prove that ANYTHING can be turned into a field of study if you try hard enough. If that's what people want to spend their money on, that's fine, but it wouldn't be for me.
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:56 PM
 
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That is because people go into law with the wrong expectations.
That's for damn sure.

I blame TV.
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Palm Springs, CA
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Well, part of the problem is that many of these students aren't paying for it. They are defaulting on federal loans by the billions, leaving taxpayers on the hook for their bad decisions.

As taxpayers, we have a right to question this.
I agree. Perhaps there should be a review of these programs annually to see how beneficial they are to their communities. Or let the public vote on them. Wouldn't that be interesting...
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:58 PM
 
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Glad my major isn't on the list! ^_^
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