Choosing your future career while in school is far from being an easy decision. That’s why it is important to look at the employment rates in specific fields to see where the opportunities lie after graduation. The recent economic crisis and high unemployment rates across the globe, brought up some very alarming findings.
Recent studies in the US show that having a university degree does not guarantee a job. The Wall Street Journal obtained data about college majors with the highest unemployment rate. Here are the top 10:
1. Clinical Psychologist
With an unemployment rate of 19.5%, clinical psychology tops this list. This could be due to the fact that there may be a disproportionate degree of college applicants to market demand.
2. Fine Arts
An enriching and popular choice among students, the field of fine arts unfortunately holds little opportunity for graduates with an unemployment rate of 16.2%. Museums and art galleries have to hold back on hiring new employees.
With an unemployment rate of15.1%, historians fall in third place. As limited as this field is, it does pay quite well with yearly salaries reaching over 96 000$ US.
The librarian’s world has been turned upside down by the ubiquity of the Web, access to quick information, e-books and a host of modern technologies. 15.0% is the unemployment rate for librarians and their salaries aren’t much of an incentive either.
5. Educational Psychology
Educational psychology is specific to students’ learning behaviours but also extends to other important aspects about education and learning. The maximum salary for an educational psychologist is 51 000$US and has an unemployment rate of 10.9%.
6. Military Technologies
This field is one of the most popular and reputed industries to get into however, military technologies makes it in the top 10 with an unemployment rate of 10.9%.
It’s a lot of hard work and schooling to become an architect. The frightening part is that it is still among the jobs with the highest unemployment rate at 10.9%.
8. Industrial & Organizational Psychology
At an unemployment rate of 10.4% this field of psychology is unsure, but a better bet than other psychology fields in this list.
9. Miscellaneous Psychology
This covers a wide range of jobs within psychology with an unemployment rate of 10.3%.
10. Linguistics & Comparative Literature
At 10.2% unemployment, linguistics and comparative literature is not a highly popular major and offers a maximum salary of 71 000$US.
All information was released in 2011 and evaluates the rate of unemployment and income in the 173 most popular jobs in the United States. These stats were compiled according to Census data obtained by the Wall Street Journal