Study: Not all college degrees lead to employment

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- In the next few weeks, college students will be getting back to their studies, and many of them will be choosing majors. The selection process may be easy for some college students, but if you’re having a tough time deciding listen to this: a new study from Georgetown University says that all degrees are not equal when it comes to employment.

The study found that students who majored in elementary education, finance, hospitality management, marketing and marketing research, and computer science had the lowest unemployment rates after graduation.

Those majoring in history, anthropology & archaeology, fine arts, economics, and information systems had among the highest post-graduation unemployment rates.

Kamari Collins, Dean of Academic Advising at Springfield Technical Community College, told 22News that when choosing a major, students should always ask their advisor about what career options come with any particular degree before making any final decisions.  Collins also said that liking the subject you are studying is an important part of having a successful career later on.

“Because at the end of the day, they’re the ones who have to get up and go to work every morning, and we really want them to choose a career that they will like, they are passionate about; something that they feel like they will make a difference with,” Collins said.

The study’s authors argued that those with degrees focusing highly on theories and less on skills had higher unemployment rates.

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