It’s tough being a college student these days. Not only do you have an uncertain future in terms of figuring out just what you want to do with your life, but your chances of getting a job are significantly lower than a few years ago. The relatively high unemployment rates in the United States for the past few years have made students reconsider their path, and in article on USA Today College, it mentions several different majors that have both helped and hurt students’ chances of landing jobs.
Among the fields that had the highest employment rates after graduation were education, health care, as well as biology and life sciences. Surely, this statistic cannot be surprising as the U.S. is facing rising health care demands and the perpetual need for great teachers.
On the other side of the coin, students majoring in architecture have the highest rate on unemployment, as 14% of recent graduates in this field are unable to find work. Once again, the unemployment rates for those in the architecture field is not all that shocking as the recent unemployment numbers have been coupled with the collapse of the housing industry.
After architecture, the highest unemployment rates are non-technical majors, such as the arts (11.1%), humanities and liberal arts (9.4%) and social science (8.1%). In the humanities and liberal arts alone, unemployment is the highest among English, philosophy, religious studies, anthropology and U.S. history majors.
So what does it all mean? Well, if you’re an international student and would like to stay in the United States, one of the best routes is taking an education route that’s best in ensuring your chance for a job. At the same time, you need to choose a major you’ll actually enjoy, and will make your 4 years enjoyable and not just something you can tolerate.
Choosing a major is never easy, and if you love a particular subject, realize that you may need to take a job in the short-term that will not be using your degree. Just be sure to keep your goals in mind while making your decisions.
Readers, do you think students should choose their major based on what industries are hiring?