Friday, January 06, 2012

Unemployment by College Major

A new study takes a look at unemployment rates and earnings in 2009-10 by college major for recent graduates (aged 22 to 26), and experienced workers (aged 30 to 54). Overall, 8.9 percent of recent college graduates were unemployed, but unemployment rates--and earnings--varied widely by college major.

Among recent graduates, unemployment rates were highest for those who majored in architecture (13.9%); film, video, and photographic arts (12.9%); or fine arts (12.6%). They were lowest for those who majored in nursing (4.0%) or elementary education (4.8%). The earnings of recent graduates ranged from a low of $28,000 for those who majored in anthropology/archeology (unemployment rate = 10.5%) to a high of $50,000 for computer science majors (7.8%).

Source: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, Hard Times: Not All College Degrees Are Created Equal

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