11. General Business
*Useful, for our purposes, is defined by majors most likely to lead to less unemployment and higher earnings, and which are in industries projected to grow in the next decade according to research from Georgetown University and data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Previously: The 13 Most Useless College Majors
1. Fine Arts
(Ed: Your primary tumblrs majored in two of these and now work in the field of a third.)
I combined the uselessness of #2 + #9 into something practical.
Raise your hand if you disagree. Money alone doesn’t define the usefulness of these majors, nor should it. And 93 percent of statistics don’t always apply to you.
Well, here’s how this usefulness was defined: “This year we started with new research (PDF) from Georgetown University—which drew from two years of census data to determine the prospects for myriad majors—to narrow down our list to more than three dozen popular college majors. We also used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, equally weighing the following categories to determine current and future employment and earnings potential for our final ranking: Recent graduate employment, Experienced graduate employment, Recent graduate earnings, Experienced graduate earnings, & Projected growth in total number of jobs, 2010–2020.” So, you’re right, these two data sets don’t acknowledge cultural value, or happiness, or anything like that. But if we’re talking about usefulness in terms of, “Will I get my money’s worth on this college major?”, then that’s this list.