worst degrees

8 of the worst degrees for the job market today.

worst degreesDegrees today are expen­sive and can basi­cal­ly cost you an arm and a leg depend­ing on what career path you plan to take. There­fore it is very impor­tant to know if the degree you are pur­su­ing will pro­vide you with mar­ketable skills when you com­plete your course.

Many peo­ple jump on the band­wag­on of their friends and just pur­sue a degree because their friends are doing it. They don’t give any thought to what they real­ly want to spend their lives doing. They end up get­ting a degree which they hate and worse than this, one that is unmar­ketable and will yield lit­tle results in the mon­ey depart­ment.

In addi­tion, to being expen­sive degree costs keep going up. Accord­ing to busi­ness insid­er the most expen­sive  col­lege degrees can cost well over $us 200,000. Some of these degrees have a very bad return on invest­ment. In fact you would find that you would be bet­ter off using the mon­ey to start a busi­ness.

Why you would want to sub­mit your­self to the hard­ship of col­lege and uni­ver­si­ty, spend­ing thou­sands of dol­lars to earn hun­dreds is baf­fling.

Also accord­ing the cheetsheet.com the right major makes the dif­fer­ence between being employed and under­em­ployed or even worst; unem­ployed.

You have to be wise when mak­ing the deci­sion to go to col­lege. How much do you think peo­ple would pay you for a degree in cut­ting grass? You might be the best grass cut­ter, but let’s face it; how much val­ue are you adding to soci­ety?

It’s all about the per­ceived val­ue you are adding. If a degree is in demand you are like­ly to be paid more than if there is a low demand. Sim­ple eco­nom­ics.

Think of your degree like a prod­uct. There are prod­ucts that are ever­green. Peo­ple buy them all year round such as toi­letries or food. Then you have prod­ucts that peo­ple only buy at Christ­mas. You don’t want to be that last one. Yeah Christ­mas is nice but it only comes once a year.

 

So in order to assist you in mak­ing the best choice for high­er learn­ing let’s dis­cuss 5 of the worst degrees to pur­sue today

1.Anthropology and Archaeology

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Accord­ing to Forbes.com anthro­pol­o­gy and archae­ol­o­gy have an unem­ploy­ment rate of about 10.5 per­cent for recent grads. This makes it  one of the worse degrees to spend your time and mon­ey on. It’s not just unem­ploy­ment rates that are bad though. It’s also earn­ing poten­tial. Guess you don’t get a lot of glam­our study­ing rocks and cave men.

Think about it though ; peo­ple respond to tan­gi­ble results and the issue with arche­ol­o­gy is that many arche­ol­o­gists may go their entire lives with­out mak­ing a major find. I mean how many lost cities are there? And do you find it excit­ing. You may be watch­ing a lit­tle bit too much of Indi­ana Jones. So if you don’t want to spend your life lit­er­al­ly in the past try a more mod­ern major.

2.fine arts

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Anoth­er degree with poor earn­ing poten­tial and high unem­ploy­ment is fine arts. Ah the fine arts. The  beau­ty of breath tak­ing art seems to be not enough to low­er its 12.6 per­cent unem­ploy­ment rate. That’s a crazy num­ber.  But you have to think, who’s real­ly buy­ing fine art nowa­days? I could be wrong but it just feels like it would be obvi­ous that this degree is not that mar­ketable. After all it’s called fine art for a rea­son not every body can afford to buy it and addi­tion­al­ly not every­one wants to buy it. I think this gen­er­a­tion has even less appre­ci­a­tion for fine arts than the one that pre­ced­ed it.

3.History

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His­to­ry is anoth­er of the worst degrees with low earn­ing poten­tial. I guess every­one else still finds his­to­ry bor­ing (yawn) . I’m not say­ing his­to­ry is not impor­tant but with over 10 per­cent of recent grad­u­ates fac­ing unem­ploy­ment it’s just not a good invest­ment. A guy from Red­dit. com expressed regret in his choice of degree.

Hav­ing done his­to­ry his advice is to pair it with anoth­er major to make your­self more mar­ketable.

4.English language and literature.

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This next one is a doozy: Eng­lish lan­guage and lit­er­a­ture. Unem­ploy­ment for this degree is around 9 per­cent. Eng­lish is impor­tant but bank books don’t appear to be reflect­ing that. Most grad­u­ates end up teach­ing mak­ing around 30k per year. Oppor­tu­ni­ties lie out­side of typ­i­cal employ­ment for this group how­ev­er. Because of the ris­ing blo­gos­phere I believe these guys have an added edge. They could write stel­lar blogs and write books they can self pub­lish on a vari­ety of plat­forms. So they do have skills that can be use­ful just not in the con­fines of employ­ment.

So it’s not all doom and gloom for all the hold­ers of these degrees. They can tran­si­tion into some­thing else.

5. Religious studies.

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Next up is reli­gious stud­ies. Now I’m sure you expect­ed this to be on the list . The earn­ing poten­tial of this degree has nev­er been any­thing to write home about . Unem­ploy­ment is high and year­ly salaries are low.

6. Psychology

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Psy­chol­o­gy,  You could end up being your own ther­a­pist with this one. Peo­ple don’t have the same rev­er­ence for Psy­chol­o­gy like they do med­i­cine. Because by def­i­n­i­tion Psy­chol­o­gy is of the mind and because we can­not see we don’t put a lot of stock in it. Many of us might actu­al­ly think the pro­fes­sion is worth­less which is reflect­ed in the job mar­ket. The unem­ploy­ment rates are  high around 5.8% accord­ing to verywell.com  and although there is hope for some, makes it one of the worst degrees for today’s job mar­ket

Many of us secret­ly  think psy­chol­o­gists are nuts half the time. Unlike med­i­cine where we can see the tan­gi­ble results either through surgery or even the pill to fight the com­mon cold. With psy­chol­o­gy it’s much more sub­tle and we humans like sub­tle we want to see results. It can take many ses­sions for peo­ple to get over trau­mat­ic events in their lives and we all want to see results instant­ly. This makes ther­a­py unap­peal­ing to most, so they use drugs to get faster results . more­over peo­ple can relapse which makes peo­ple won­der if psy­chol­o­gy real­ly works.

7. Liberal arts. 

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Lib­er­al arts is anoth­er degree that makes a poor career choice. With unem­ploy­ment rates of around the 10% region.  This makes it one of the worst degrees to pur­sue. No one wants to sit down and lis­ten to sto­ries of Homer when they would rather watch the lat­est sea­son of game of thrones(go Denaerys 🙂 ).

Lib­er­al arts is quite  bor­ing to a major­i­ty of peo­ple and they offer no real prac­ti­cal real world appli­ca­tion. This career is not worth get­ting into debt for you may very well remain in debt after your stu­dent loans catch up with you.

8.Music.

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This degree may sound good (pun intend­ed) but it doesn’t look good on paper.  Over 9 per­cent are unem­ployed and the medi­an earn­ings are below $50,000 per year.

To con­clude col­lege degrees are a big deal. They lit­er­al­ly chart the rest of your life and if you make a bad choice now regard­ing your employ­ment future it will be dif­fi­cult to come back from.

Now although these are said to be the worst degrees and their  earn­ing poten­tial might be dis­mal, you can earn a liv­ing oth­er ways. You may have peo­ple in these fields who are mak­ing a ton of mon­ey but it may not be from their job. So if you are already a hold­er of one of those degrees and you are work­ing, you can buy assets to slow­ing build your wealth and maybe look at tran­si­tion­ing Into anoth­er field. If you are unem­ployed, you can start a busi­ness.

Today tech­nol­o­gy allows peo­ple to start and run busi­ness­es from any­where in the world. So if you did do a psy­chol­o­gy degree and you don’t know what to do with it start a blog or YouTube chan­nel and share your infor­ma­tion. Peo­ple like con­sum­ing inter­est­ing con­tent. Turn that degree into an asset and employ your­self. Today it is time to think out­side the box not every­one who grad­u­ates will get a job it’s just not pos­si­ble.

there are not enough busi­ness­es to employ every­one. But every­one who grad­u­ates can start a busi­ness.

I was watch­ing a video the oth­er day about moti­va­tion and being a val­ue giv­er not a tak­er by the moti­va­tion­al speak­er Stephan Pylar­i­nos . He has a great blog you can check out at projectlifemastery.com, he has awe­some con­tent. Any­way in the video he talks about being a val­ue adder not a val­ue tak­er. When you think about it there is  always some­thing you can give. Giv­ing is nev­er end­ing but when you take even­tu­al­ly the well runs dry. If you under­stand what I mean.

Sor­ry I went on a tan­gent but there you have it 5 of the worse degrees for today’s job mar­ket. I hope you found this post help­ful. Please leave a like on my Face­book page, com­ment or sub­scribe to my blog for more con­tent like this and stay focused. Peace.

worst-degrees

source: businessinsider.com

 

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