A Yahoo columnist recently posted the top five useless college degrees, including agriculture, fashion design, theatre, horticulture and animal science.
Intrigued with this article I decided to Google “useless college degrees.” I was surprised to see journalism as number one, which doesn’t bode well for the author of this article. Well, isn’t the article being posted about useless college degrees considered “journalism?”
I checked out another list and other programs appeared such as advertising, child and family studies, music, chemistry, nutrition and more. I highly doubt all of these programs are useless. In fact, there is plenty of proof saying many graduated students have found jobs in these specific majors. Just check out the U.S. Labor Department projections and past statistics.
I’m trying not to bore you with statistics like how 89 percent of 2010 graduate horticulture students found jobs in a related field and so forth, but it blows my mind how all of these majors are called “useless.”
I think any field of study you enter will benefit your life, if you want it to. Anyone who has a passion and has worked hard enough to study a specific subject for years will be that much more determined to find a job where his dream career lies.
Sure, many industries are highly competitive, but that doesn’t mean a degree in a specific competitive area is useless. Just because you have a degree in a prosperous and popular subject doesn’t mean you’re going to be great in that field or find a job right away either. I’m a big believer of what you put into something is what you will get out of it.
A job isn’t going to be handed to you. You’ll have to work for it. Those who do succeed in doing what they love will be that much happier to have studied their favorite subjects. So I say more power to the psychology and horticulture majors. And to my journalism majors out there, we will find a way to make our degrees useful. I know I will.