Worth a Second Thought?

While surfing the Net one day I came across an item on the Yahoo! Finance website that struck me as pretty dismal.  The pessimistic headline read, “The Ten Worst Majors for Finding a Good Job.”  (Tuesday, June18, 2013)  Here’s my take on the first five; for the rest, watch for Part II.  If you’re just starting your college career—and even college can become a career; believe me—you may want to rethink your decision if you plan on majoring in any of these categories.

1.  Business Administration/Management.  An MBA in this field has been the be all/end all for many years but the number of openings for Wall Street banker positions is “very, very small” says this report.  Besides, the perp walk quotient in recent years has been increasing so the luster of the financial professions has been tarnished a bit.  Still, one way to better your odds in this business is to “[D]evelop a concentration in quantitative courses such as statistics or finance.”  By now I’d have lost all interest.

2.  Criminal Justice.  If you’ve set your sights on such “glamour” jobs as FBI agent or intelligence analyst, remember, it takes years of experience, technical knowledge, and often the all-important influential contacts that you just don’t acquire on campus.  But, then, revelations surrounding events in Benghazi and Boston haven’t done much to enhance the reputations of these types of government agencies.  Criminal justice majors often end up as police officers, paralegals, and security guards (careers for which college degrees are not required).

3.  Drama/Theatre Arts.  Casting call for executive assistants and customer service reps!  Those are the roles often filled by aspiring stage and film stars.  This field is notorious for people whose major experience with lines is at the unemployment office.

4.  Anthropology.  Judging from this report, anthropology may one day need to be unearthed by future anthropologists.  Not much going on here except for some corporations needing “a small number” of experts who can help them understand human behavior, i.e., how to get consumers to believe advertising campaigns and buy stuff they don’t really need.

5.  Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Now this really hurts because I’m one of these.  It’s designed for those of us who don’t know what they want to do.  The report’s explanation for this under-utilized major says it all:  “An assortment of humanities courses might round out your intellect, but it could also confuse employers who don’t understand what kind of job a liberal arts major is supposed to prepare you for.”  Hint:  Not real life.

If these five majors are deemed useless, then maybe they should be eliminated from the curriculum of universities throughout the country.  There’s an upside to this:  There’d be fewer instructors (and teaching assistants) to pay for all this useless information.  The savings could then be realized in lower tuition costs across the board, thus benefitting all the other students.  Such a deal!

Next, in Part II, we’ll explore even more ways to reduce the costs of a college education by eliminating even more useless majors.


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