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Old 11-17-2011, 12:40 PM
 
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To find the most useless degrees college students can get with their four years and hundreds of thousands of dollars, we wanted to know which majors offer not only the fewest job opportunities, but those that tend to pay the least.

The Daily Beast considered the following data points, weighted equally, with each degree’s numbers compared to the average for each category, to achieve a categorical comparison that accounts for differentiation from the mean.

Data are from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Payscale:

• Starting and mid-career salary levels, using the profession most associated with the degree.
• The expected change in the total number of jobs from 2008-2018.
• The expected percentage change in available jobs from 2008-2018.

For informational purposes, in this accompanying gallery, we provide the number of degrees awarded for 2008-2009, the most recent academic year available from the National Center for Education Statistics.
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
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:45 PM
 
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Fashion Design is nothing to sneeze at. A degree from the Fashion Institute is very highy sought after if you want a career in one of the major design houses.
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:47 PM
 
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Fashion Design is nothing to sneeze at. A degree from the Fashion Institute is very highy sought after if you want a career in one of the major design houses.
According to the stats, it's a useless venture except for the very select few that land a good job at one of the fashion houses you mention. The rest? They get to wallow in their debt in their parent's basement and behind the counter at 7-11.
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:48 PM
 
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According to the stats, it's a useless venture except for the very select few that land a good job at one of the fashion houses you mention. The rest? They get to wallow in their debt in their parent's basement and behind the counter at 7-11.

Are you an engineer?
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:51 PM
 
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Are you an engineer?
Why do you ask?

I suppose its because of the Mechanical Engineering Techonology designation as useless?

Any "Engineering Techonology" degree is considered "engineering lite" and is not considered engineering by certification standards. ET degrees do more harm than good to students because it shows that they either couldn't, or didn't want to make the cut as a fully accredited engineer. Who want's a half-ass engineer? No one. That's why it made the list.
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:52 PM
 
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My jaw dropped as soon as I started reading that list!


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Several majors on this list—photography, literature, theater—suffer from low starting and mid- career salaries, but still show potential for job growth, and industry superstars can still make a very nice living.
BTW, I know several lawyers, accountants and teachers fresh out of school who can't find a job in their fields. Conversely, I know several photographers and graphic designers who are cleaning house as people look to buy from the "little guy".
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:53 PM
 
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Why do you ask?

The "Aero" in your username.
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:54 PM
 
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They're just taking into account bachelors degrees. Most jobs in chemistry, biology, psychology, etc. require at least a master's degree. HR, journalism, and advertising are definitely worthless though. Business as an "academic" field is also pretty much pointless.
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:57 PM
 
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BTW, I know several lawyers, accountants and teachers fresh out of school who can't find a job in their fields.
Yeah law in particular is a bad field to get involved in right now outside very specific areas of practice. Even some T14 schools are having post-graduation employment woes.
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:59 PM
 
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So that we're not entirely negative, let's also take a look at the most useful majors:

Useful College Majors from Engineering to Mathematics to Business - The Daily Beast
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