Is college worth it?
With an 8.9 percent jobless rate for recent college grads, a new study tackles the question.
Computers and mathematics
: 8.2 percent unemployment. These majors had a lot of variation, in which people who wrote software had better prospects than those who simply used software. That meant that information systems majors had an 11.7 percent jobless rate, while computer science majors had rosier 7.8 percent rate. Math majors did even better, at 6.0 percent.
: 8.9 percent unemployment. Things weren\'t looking great for sociology, poli sci and econ majors, whose fields were broadly dispersed across different job fields.
Philosophy and religious studies
: 10.8 percent unemployment. Apparently, the demand for Nietzsche is low. Other majors specializing in humanities and liberal arts also suffered from high unemployment, with English majors facing a woeful 9.2 percent rate, and history majors looking at a sad 10.2 percent.
: 11.1 percent unemployement. The demand (the kind that comes with a paycheck) for artists, musicians and other creative types was dismal. Fine artists fared badly with a 12.6 percent jobless rate, while drama majors did better at 7.8 percent.
And the worst college major for finding a job? That would be Architecture
, which had a depressing 13.9 percent unemployment rate. The collapse in construction and home building during the recession pummeled this speciality.