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9 Worst Bachelor’s Degrees to Pursue Now

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College is expensive. According to College Board Estimates, the national average for state universities and public universities is $8,893 and $30,094 for private universities for four-year courses. This was the official estimate as of the 2013-2014 school year. That is a lot of money. Many take on a mountain of student debt to pay for it. If you are getting a bachelor’s degree, make sure the degree is worth the cost of getting it. Below are nine bachelor’s degrees you shouldn’t pursue now.

1. Communications

There is no doubt that a bachelor’s degree in communications could lead to a career in media, visual arts, or broadcasting. However, the future projections for these careers are not so good. The US Department of Labor predicts that employment for reporters will decrease by 14% in 2022. Positions for editors, proofreaders, and copy markers will drop by 2%. Furthermore, these positions are not so lucrative with the median annual wages being $35,000

2. Theatre Arts

You do not need a theatre arts degree to work in the theatre arts industry. The industry is extremely competitive and people from all professions work in the industry. If you are going for an audition, there is a 90% chance that no one will look at your resume. Since you are competing with other professionals in auditions, your chance of getting picked is narrow. This is especially true when you are supposed to act a role for which a professional from that industry is equally available. My advice is to earn a different degree. You can still be an actor or actress if you so desire.

3. Fashion Design

The most important skills in fashion design are the inherent skills it takes to design clothing and accessories and an innate artistic ability. I am sorry to say that if you do not have these skills, the best college in the world may not be able to train you to be a good fashion designer. If you are not good, then you wouldn’t land a job. Although the annual median wage for professional fashion designers was $63,760 as of 2013, it doesn’t matter if you don’t land a job.

4. Sociology

Sociology is an interesting study, but that doesn’t make it a good investment. Most people who earn a degree in sociology work as a social worker, correctional officer, probation officer, etc. According to Projections Central, the job openings for probation officers and correctional officers would increase by only by 1% between 2012 and 2022. The trend may even continue for another decade. The bottom line is that sociology is not a good choice for now.

5. Liberal Arts

A liberal arts degree is the laughing stock of all college degrees for one reason, namely it is not specialized enough to prepare you for a specific career. That is why most liberal arts majors end up working in an entirely different field, such as real estate, business, finance, or sales. According to a 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report, liberal arts majors fared poorly when it came to overall unemployment.

6. Fine Arts

A degree in fine arts could lead to a career in nearly any artistic field, including music, sculpture, animation, photography, painting, etc. However, the outlook isn’t very good. The industry only has a few slots for the big talents while the rest languish in poverty. Unless you are truly gifted, limit fine arts to your spare time and do not study it as a degree. According to a BLS Report, the median annual wage for employed fine art practitioners for 2013 was $42,610. Take note that the employed ones are some of the very best.

7. Psychology

This degree will teach you how the human brain works and why humans act the way they do. Unfortunately, it won’t prepare you to be a psychologist. You will need a doctorate for that. It is worthy of note that psychology majors earn less than virtually all other majors with a median annual income of $29,000 in 2014.

8. Archeology

Although archeology is very interesting, it is a pity that it is a low-paying profession. Except for those who make a huge discovery and get media attention, there is hardly any form of reward. Furthermore, it takes years to excavate enough to make a substantial discovery. According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the median annual salary for an archeologist is $28,000. If you consider the odds of success and the pay, it isn’t worth it.

9. Music

Music is another field you should not venture into a course of study. Unemployment rate for recent graduates is 9.2%. Furthermore, recruiters and employers insist on exceptional talent in order to get the job. If you do not have the inherent music skill, then the best college cannot make you a good musician. Even if you are extra talented, the median annual salary for professional musicians was $35,000 as of 2014.

Experts recommend that your total student loans should not be larger than your realistic first year take-home pay. Keep that in mind when you choose a major and sign up for student loans.

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This article by Donald Wright first appeared on The Dollar Stretcher and was distributed by the Personal Finance Syndication Network.




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