Which College Majors Lead To Higher Unemployment? [Infographic]

college majors unemployment rateAs the recent Occupy Wall Street protests have shown, many young people are angry about the rising cost of college. Few want to be burdened by tens of thousands of dollars in debt and are seeking debt forgiveness on college loans -- especially in light of the nation's lackluster job market, which is yielding too few job prospects.

Statistics from the College Board show that average in-state tuition last year at public colleges and universities exceeded $17,000, including room and board -- a 6 percent rise from 2010. CNN notes that in 2009 Americans spent $461 billion on post-secondary education. That's equivalent to 3.3 percent of the nation's gross domestic product and more than the total GDP of Sweden, Norway and Portugal.

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Still, for many Americans, a college education has proven a worthy investment, yielding a lifetime's worth of higher wages. The key today for beginning or returning college students is to find a career in demand, since the ability to be flexible in choosing an area of study may mean the difference between getting a job post-graduation or not.

That's because some majors are more in demand than others, resulting in a flood of psychologists and architects. Whereas, those who study less popular offerings, such as engineering or pharmacology, are more likely to find work.

A recent report from the University of California, San Diego, shows that positions in information, communications and technology are high on a list of "emerging niche industries" with growing job prospects.

Those include such careers in health care as laboratory technologist, which generally requires a bachelor's degree with a major in medical technology or life sciences. Forecasts from the Bureau of Labor Statistics put the rise in such positions at 12 percent, or nearly 21,000 jobs, by 2018.

For more about college majors with the best employment prospects, check out the infographic below from Mindflash.com.

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Keith Jones

Thats crazy really got to have a Major thats work relevant out here.


May 28 2012 at 7:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sam wade

AsHTOphysics??? is that a new word??? Someone didnt use spell check! Kinda funny of this typo given the content of this article/graph

May 04 2012 at 9:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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April 15 2012 at 11:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dude is like totally rocking it in every way. WOw.


April 14 2012 at 7:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kobe Wild

so out of these which one's pay the most.?
I see there's lots of demand for nurses but it's a suck job.
So sure.. it's easy to find work.

March 01 2012 at 4:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Anakin Skywalker

Yep, when I saw the title of the article I expected the Arts to be high on the unemployment side.

If only I knew better at 18 before wasting so much money pursuing an Animation Degree. You have a fat chance at making it as an actor, game designer, or commercial artist.

February 04 2012 at 8:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Engineering w Comp

This information is skewed without a demand qualifier. How many jobs are available and will be available in those positions?

February 04 2012 at 3:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't know which college has this stupid thing....

February 02 2012 at 5:16 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Sounds like a pretty rock solid plan to me dude. WOw.


February 01 2012 at 9:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

so there are to many shrinks and not enough work ?
hmmm good reason to keep sick people sick

January 08 2012 at 10:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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