Choosing a college major can be one of the most important decisions a young person ever makes. For example, if you become a Communications Major like me, be prepared for years of job interviews in which the interviewer says, “So, you majored in… Communications?” just like that, with a long pause and a questioning tone. But if you’re smart and pick a major like Actuarial Science, Pharmacology or Educational Administration, then you’ll never have to worry, since, according to this Mindflash.com infographic, those are three jobs with less than 1% unemployment rate.
On the other hand, choose a major like Clinical Psychology or Miscellaneous Fine Arts, and you could be in big trouble, since those have the highest rates of unemployment, at 19.5% and 16.2% respectively.
So what can we learn here? For starters, if you choose a major with the word “miscellaneous” in it, and you end up unemployed, you have no one to blame but yourself. More importantly, instead of picking a popular career like doctor or lawyer, go with a lesser-known major that’s in high demand. The world needs Environmental and Geological Engineers, so choose one of those and you’re in good shape for the future. Nursing is a great occupation too, since the unemployment rate is 2.2% and you get to wear pajamas to work. Whatever you do, make sure that the odds are working in your favor, and you’ll magically become a hot commodity. It’s the same reason all single girls should join a fantasy football league, and all single guys should join a crocheting club. When the odds are that stacked, it’s impossible not to succeed.
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