Top 5 Most Regretted Majors
July 16, 2014 typesofaid.com Staff
Getting a college education takes a considerable amount of time, energy, and money. That’s why it’s such a bitter pill to swallow if later on you regret your chosen major.
In order to alleviate a bit of this regret, PayScale.com has ranked the following least recommended majors. If you’re interested in one of the following fields, it doesn’t mean you can’t pursue it and be successful. It simply means you should thoroughly research your job prospects first so you won’t regret it later. Here are the top 5 most regretted majors:
#1 – Anthropology
Many students regret majoring in this field since they seem to have the idea in their heads that there’s a particular job title that’s associated with it. Instead of understanding there’s a wide variety of careers to choose from in this field, they’re simply focused on their failure to get a career with a direct reference to their chosen major.
* 35% do not recommend Anthropology
* Average Salary: $36,500
#2 – History
Several history majors pursue work in academia, or perhaps get jobs with various government agencies, libraries, or certain organizations solely dedicated to the period in which they studied. Students who maintain narrow definitions of their chosen career paths end up regretting their majors. On the other hand, those who understand that there are many positions in the workforce that require skill beyond what is officially listed in a typical course catalog often find ideal positions.
* 33% recommend History
* Average Salary: $39,700
#3 – Visual Communication
A visual communication major may consist of creating artwork, studying public relations and ad design, and learning layout. Students may go on to work in various areas including the media, public relations, advertising, or several other fields.
* 29% recommend Visual Communication
* Average Salary: $37,300
#4 – Social Science
Graduates claim that although there’s a great deal of knowledge gained from majoring in social sciences, they don’t actually learn how to effectively apply it to a wide variety of jobs. It’s been suggested that courses on business, marketing, and personal finance are more applicable to the ‘real’ world.
* 28% recommend Social Science
* Average Salary: $37,300
#5 – Journalism
Difficulties addressing the time required to rise above entry-level positions as well as facing print media can be obstacles for many graduates. Individuals with a degree in journalism may end up with a career in academia, sales, marketing or other various jobs if and when they make the choice to leave the business of gathering the news.
* 27% recommend Journalism
* Average Salary: $38,100
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