If you’re wondering what college degree will guarantee you a job after graduation, there may not be a fool proof answer, but some degrees certainly hold their weight in gold more than others. Recent surveys show that some of the college degrees that increase your odds of finding a job after graduation are the ones that have been trending for several years now, but what’s interesting, are the ones that maybe you didn’t know even existed.
The most job offers
According to data from the National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE), reported in the Forbes post, “The College Degrees That Get The Most Job Offers,” by Susan Adams January 22, 2014, the top five college majors that produced the highest percentage of students reporting at least one job offer upon graduation were:
- Computer Science (68.7%)
- Economics (61.5%)
- Accounting (61.5%)
- Engineering (59%)
- Business Administration (54.3%)
On the flipside, the five college majors that reported the least number of job offers were:
- Communications/Journalism (33.8%)
- English (33%)
- Environmental Science (30.5%)
- Education (28.9%)
- Visual & Performing Arts (27.8%)
What’s compelling about this data, according to Adams, is that it is more relevant and timely than the statistics compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which produces a 10-year hiring outlook, and is the common reference used for projected growth in many professions.
“I did some digging for other data on how difficult it is to land jobs in varying disciplines and NACE is the only source I found that asks students directly about whether they’ve found jobs…What matters to graduating seniors is whether they can find jobs in their specialties now,” Adams reported.
Finding a useful degree
A college degree that is “useful” can be somewhat of a subjective goal. What one finds useful when it comes to using that degree in the real world can very well be useless in another’s eyes. For example, in a July 8, 2013 post to Simply Hired by Meghan Ivarsson, “The Nine Most Useful College Degrees Today,” an education degree ranks amongst the top five, whereas Forbes rated it in the bottom five. Ivarsson said that there are three selling points that a useful degree will help get you:
- A very stable job
- A very highly paid job
- A job wherever you please
When it comes to a degree in education, “British sociologists have also proven that people with education qualifications are also more likely to be placed in a higher management position within ten years of getting their qualification,” Ivarsson wrote explaining the degree’s value.
Hot majors with growth potential
To get a little more specific, there are emerging fields within these majors that not only have a high chance of producing a job after graduation, but also have a promising career span as well.
In a September 10, 2013 post to US News & World Report, “Discover 11 Hot College Majors That Lead to Jobs,” writer Cathie Gandel outlined some of these hot fields that are worth consideration.
- Biomedical engineering
- Forensic science
- Computer game design
Cybersecurity? This is a field of study that has risen out of the need for large companies and governments to protect their data and computer systems. As this need grows, so will the demand for specialists in this arena who are experts at cracking the system.
Gandel reported, “In one essential course at Dakota State University, ‘students learn to ‘lift the hood’ of the software program, see how it works, determine where it is vulnerable and then write code to exploit that vulnerability,’” says Josh Pauli, associate professor of cybersecurity.
What degrees do you think produce the highest number of jobs after graduation? Let us know in the comments below.