Which College Major Is Worst and Leading to Jobs at Starbucks? (INFOGRAPHICS)

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Ever wonder which college major is the worst? Or the least profitable in terms of future career?

The opinions differ. According to Forbes, it’s anthropology and archaeology.

Kiplinger insists it’s exercise science and religious studies.

Obviously, all of the above majors all belong to humanities, seen as less prestigious and profitable compared to engineering.

Source: memegenerator.net

So, do humanities graduates actually suffer from poorly paid jobs? The latest report issued by American Academy of Arts & Sciences has proved hat misconception wrong.

The study doesn’t refute the fact that engineering majors have higher salaries. It rather makes a point that humanity majors are getting through life pretty well.

What’s more, the overall satisfaction with jobs and salary rates are also higher. Let’s sort it out!

Humanities Graduates: Employed and Earning

According to the report, the average salary of a US humanity graduate is less compared to other fields. However, this doesn’t impact the employment rates, or hinder professional values.

Here are the key takeaways from the AAAS report (as of 2015):

  • The median salaries of respondents holding a terminal degree:
    • bachelor’s degree in the humanities – $52,000.  
    • all grad respondents – $60,000.
    • bachelor’s degree in engineering – $82,000.
  • Satisfaction with a :
    • ~87% of holding a bachelor’s degree in the humanities were satisfied with their jobs.
    • 90% of holders of both bachelor’s and advanced degrees in the humanities
  • Satisfaction with salary:
    • 71.7% of humanities graduates are satisfied
    • 76.2% among all college graduates are satisfied
  • Unemployment rates:
    • 4.3% accounts for respondents with terminal bachelor’s degrees.
    • 3.6% accounts for graduates from all fields combined.
    • 3% (the lowest levels of unemployment) accounts for bachelor’s degree holders in education.

No Shame for Humanities Majors!

The report provides an interesting social cross-section. Evidently, the humanities grads are demonstrating steady employment rates, with a gradual increase.

Also, a particular group of humanities graduates is holding positions of authority.

When it comes to measuring the career satisfaction, humanities grads turn out to be as satisfied as STEM majors.

To sum up, the essay by William D. Adams, the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, points out a few important aspects of humanities majors’ employment.

Here’s what employers should consider when hiring humanities graduates:

  • evaluating the adaptability of humanities graduates in the workplace.
  • gaining more knowledge about the importance of critical thinking and communication skills for humanities grads.
  • predicting which humanities aptitudes are significant (or not) in the dynamic workplace in years to come.
  • investing in fostering the capabilities most relevant to work readiness and success.

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