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Bench McElroy
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Top 20 college majors with the highest unemployment rates
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The financial-education company Bankrate found the unemployment rates for college majors, based on the most recent available data from the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey. Using weighted data, Bankrate determined the unemployment rates and median incomes for graduates across 162 majors that employed at least 15,000 people.

The median income for degree-holders in the study was $55,000, and the average unemployment rate was 2.8%. Bankrate supplied Business Insider directly with the number of graduates employed in each major on the list.

20. International Relations- 3.9%
19. Visual and Performing Arts- 4.1%
18. Commercial art and Graphic Design- 4.1%
17. Foreign language- 4.2%
16. Industrial production technologies- 4.2%
15. Industrial and organizational psychology- 4.3%
14. Composition and rhetoric- 4.4%
13. Mathematics and computer science- 4.5%
12. United States history- 4.6%
11. Fine arts- 4.8%
10. Communication technologies- 4.9%
9. Actuarial science- 5.1%
8. Public policy- 5.1%
7. Drama and theater arts- 5.2%
6. Miscellaneous fine arts- 5.7%
5. Mass media- 6.0%
4. Film video and photographic arts- 6.5%
3. Materials engineering and materials science- 6.6%
2. Cognitive science and biopsychology- 6.7%
1. Petroleum Engineering- 7.5%


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Have an engineering degree and be unemployed, brehs.


fareplay
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If you suck you suck baw


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cwil177
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False we all know gender studies is #1


teke184
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Yeah, a lot of those don’t surprise me.

Several of those are pretty bad off right now due to economic and/or industry issues. A number of those just don’t have a lot of jobs period.


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MMauler
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re: Top 20 college majors with the highest unemployment rates
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13. Mathematics and computer science- 4.5%

9. Actuarial science- 5.1%

1. Petroleum Engineering- 7.5%


The only three that really surprise me.
This post was edited on 9/13 at 12:09 pm


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 Film video and photographic arts- 6.5% 


I'd like to have this.


Daygo85
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Those numbers are historically low. This could very well be people who just suck at their profession.


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GumboPot
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Petroleum Engineering employment/unemployment rates are just a function of the price of oil. Oil is currently low so petroleum engineering jobs are a little hard to come by but when oil prices rise you can't find them. They get paid well though.


lrabor3
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With the industry still down, it is hard for the petroleum graduates to get out and find jobs. You had a large number of the younger engineers get laid off in 2014-2015 and are now getting back to work. This leaves no room for the new grads to get jobs unless your GPA is way up there and get picked up by a major.


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teke184
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I’m surprised the unemployment rate isn’t far higher on that one.

I know a bunch of people with Radio TV Film degrees who don’t even work in those industries because there are only so many slots.
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cleeveclever
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5. Mass media- 6.0%

4. Film video and photographic arts- 6.5%


I'm curious about these two. What technically constitutes as "unemployed" based on this study?

I'm a mass media grad and been gainfully employed for 20 years -- however, many of my classmates never held "media jobs" in the industry.

Many of them make decent money as freelancers but obviously, the work isn't guaranteed.

Still they are making money and supporting themselves off their degrees.


SEClint
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Oh I'd just like to have the knowledge to apply in personal projects.

Was thinking about getting into filming and directing videos to accompany music of my own and for friends.


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PsychTiger
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re: Top 20 college majors with the highest unemployment rates
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20. International Relations- 3.9%

13. Mathematics and computer science- 4.5%

9. Actuarial science- 5.1%

1. Petroleum Engineering- 7.5%


The only three that really surprise me.


Three, huh? You must be one of those unemployed math majors.


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biggsc
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Very surprised by #s 10, 13 and 16


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SD Tider
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When you go for a very specialized engineering degree like petroleum engineering or material science you kind of limit your options and make yourself susceptible to the whims of that particular industry. On the plus side though, if you become a recognized expert in a field you become invaluable.

I just went the generic mechanical engineering route, and no masters. Starting pay wasn’t as high as some of the guys with specializations, but I’ve also had way more flexibility than them in terms of career options. I’ve done everything from design work to manufacturing to project lifecycle management, but I’ve never been unemployed or laid off.
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bad93ex
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False we all know gender studies is #1



employed at least 15,000 people

I can't think of many organizations needing someone with that degree but overall yes that would be it.


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AgCoug
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re: Top 20 college majors with the highest unemployment rates
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13. Mathematics - 4.5%


Every math major could easily find a job.

They just don't want to be teachers.

Not that I necessarily blame them.


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QJenk
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Yea from what I heard media is an extremely hard field to get into.

I had a friend of mine who interned at a radio station for a full year unpaid but still full time. That led to a job that she loves and is getting paid well. Something like that simply isnt plausible for over 90% of people


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Breauxsif
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9. Actuarial science- 5.1%

Very surprised by this. You would think insurance companies would be throwing money at someone with a degree in actuarial science.

The comp sci stat would be somewhat convoluted. My team interviews many recent comp sci graduates for SDE-1 roles, and many have a solid foundation in deriving algorithms, data structures and theory. However, when it comes to actual coding many, not all, lack a significant coding background to hit the ground running without assistance.


Eli Goldfinger
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I’m not buying Actuarial Science.
My company have multiple openings for them right now.


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