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Infographic: Which College Majors Lead To Higher Employment, Unemployment?

As students around the country continue to raise their voices against the rising costs of education, former students are also looking for work. But higher education doesn’t necessarily mean employment. In fact, many who study the more popular majors are having a hard time finding a job. This analysis of 173 majors shows the top and bottom 15 majors in terms of unemployment rates, along with their rank in popularity.

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12 Comments

  1. Elbow

    It’s a sad commentary on our education system when even those writing critiques, and developing infographics, are unable to write ‘environmental’ without error.

  2. Jerry00

    This is not a good way to graph employment, too confusing. I also disagree.I think the lowest unemployment rates for college grads are Computer Science/Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Pharmacology, Mechanical Engineering, Astrophysics, Aeronautical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, and Industrial Engineering. The lowest rates of employment after college might be English, Sociology, Language skills, Black or Hispanic Studies, History, etc.

  3. sdfs

    Computer Administration management and security is pretty damn obscure of a field. Are you sure the WSJ didn’t just make that up?

    • Jon Wall

      “SDFS” I was thinking the same thing. Isn’t computer administration management and security in the same category as I.T? Isn’t that a booming career field?

      • Anon

        I graduated with an IT degree last spring and immedately found sufficient employment. Where as many of my friends who studied other things such as liberal arts had a much harder time finding employment. I think this graph is a bit off…

  4. May I use your infographic as a perfect example of an infographic in my article about the benefits of visual communication?

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