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As someone who majored in elementary education and graduated four years ago I would just like to say…yeah right. Education was declared the “recession proof industry” and I can tell you for certain that it is not. When the value of everything else starts going down, money for education starts to dry up and all of a sudden the jobs disappear. While being involved in education, even as a paraprofessional, has been incredibly fulfilling, I hope people going into it are there for the right reason. Don’t do it because you think your chances at getting a job are better. Do it because you want to better society and work with a group of people (I’m talking the students and adult peers) who are amazing.

The 13 Most Useful* College Majors (As Determined By Science)

1. Nursing 

2. Mechanical Engineering 

3. Electrical Engineering 

4. Civil Engineering 

5. Computer Science

6. Finance 

7. Marketing and Marketing Research 

8. Mathematics 

9. Accounting

10. French, German, Latin, and other Common Foreign Languages 

11. General Business 

12. Elementary Education 

13. Economics 

*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

The 13 Most Useless College Majors (As Determined By Science)




1. Fine Arts

2. Drama and Theatre Arts

3. Film, Video, and Photographic Arts

4. Commercial Art and Graphic Design

5. Architecture

6. Philosophy and Religious Studies

7. English Literature and Language

8. Journalism

9. Anthropology and Archeology

10. Hospitality Management

11. Music

12. History

13. Political Science and Government

(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.