When it comes to the growing trend of questioning the importance of college, the Uncollege concept springs to mind. People are starting to question whether or not college is worth the massive debt that students have to pay back after graduation, and if they do. Well according to this Forbes article, college is worth it, only if you pick the right major. Below is a chart of majors, their unemployment rates, and earnings of recent graduates.
It’s easy to see from the chart which majors produce more unemployed recent graduates, and it looks like majors that are more focused on training for a particular occupation or industry, (Healthcare, Education, etc) have fewer unemployed graduates, while the opposite is true with majors with less focus (Humanities, Liberal Arts, etc.). When it comes to computer and math majors, employers are more likely to hire those who can write and invent new applications, rather than those who use software to manipulate and mine data. It seems that the notion of going to college to explore your career options is becoming extinct. Instead college freshmen should be deciding earlier on in their college career which occupation they would like to work in and declare the major that focuses on that, to avoid potential unemployment or going deeper into debt.