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Daily Beast: 20 Most Useless College Degrees
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This is absolute junk. No doubt written by someone with a Journalism major.

Chemistry? Seriously? Mechanical Engineering? Seriously?

Where is Anthropology? Where is Sociology? Women's or Gender Studies? Afro-American Studies? And the various other "prepared to deliver pizza" training programs?


"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."



Jornalism
Horticulture
Agriculture
Advertising
Fashion Design
Child and Family Studies
Music
Mechanical Engineering Technology <<< ????? see below, ***
Chemistry <<< LIKEWISE
Nutrition
Human Resources
Theater
Art History
Photography
Literature
Art
Fine Arts
Psychology
English
Animal Science


*** Mechanical Engineering Technology
Median starting salary: $53,300
Median mid-career salary: $84,300
Change in number of jobs, 2008-2018: -700
Percentage Change in number of jobs, 2008-2018: -1.45
Undergraduate field of study: Engineering technologies
Number of students awarded degrees 2008-2009:: 15,112


Chemistry
Median starting salary: $42,400
Median mid-career salary: $83,700
Change in number of jobs, 2008-2018: +2,100
Percentage Change in number of jobs, 2008-2018: +2.48
Undergraduate field of study: Physical sciences
Number of students awarded degrees 2008-2009:: 22,466

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I agree. I was rather stunned to see chemistry and engineering on the list, considering that we can't beg enough American kids to get degrees in those areas and are currently importing them by the thousands from overseas to meet the demand in our industries.

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