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Best US College Majors For Fast Employment After Graduation

Updated on June 10, 2013

Best Subjects For Work 2013 - 2023

Choosing the right college major in order to secure employment after graduation is more important in the Post-Great Recession climate of America than at many other times in US history. A university or college student cannot "just major in anything" and expect to gain a job in the 4th 5th or 6th spring of attendance and graduation.

High school students must be taught that if you want to go to college and also want a job, then you have the best chance of being hired if you choose one of the college majors to be discussed in this Hub. High school counselors and college Freshmen Advisors need to follow up with their assigned students and help to guide students through their educations and into their jobs.

Students can still "just major in anything", but will be left with either no job or those jobs that require only a degree of any kinds. Many of these are Fast Food Manager or Assistant Manager. Some of those jobs end up paying very well and leading to higher positions, but some do not. Even in the 2010s, some of these jobs still entail long hours past 40 per week and unwanted negative working conditions.

"I Want To Major In a Subject I Like"

In the 1980s and 1990s, much was made of the Multiple Intelligences descriptions developed by Howard Gardner, and of freedom of choice in educational majors. While most of us would enjoy working on the type of jobs best suited to our personalities, this is not always possible.

Thus, we have the less-than-ideal situation of choosing education in fields that will actually provide jobs versus fields that we like and are good in mastering - they are not always the same. Of course, one may start one's own business and many people are successful in this endeavor, but healthcare costs in small business are more prohibitory than ever before, because of the increases health related costs of older workers and, in some instances, because of the Affordable Care Act.

Students are still free to choose their own majors, as long as they can pay for them. Funding is possible with grants, loans, and work-study programs as well as parental support; but, sometimes the money runs out before the undergraduate degree is completed. Many students take 6 full years to complete a Bachelor's degree and financial aid sometimes does not reach the end of that road.

A number of 2-year and 3-year degrees are being completed by increasing numbers of students. These are very important in healthcare occupations and engineering technologies and more jobs are opening up in these industries.

Nurse on a hospital ship.
Nurse on a hospital ship. | Source

Job Titles With Lowest Unemployment Rates and Most Job Listings

1. Nursing - 4% Unemployment Rate.

2. Family & Consumer Sciences - 4.3%.

3. Elementary Education - 4.8%

4. General Education - 6% Harvard University defines General Education as including courses in Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding; Culture and Belief; Empirical and Mathematical Reasoning; Ethical Reasoning; Science of Living Systems; Science of the Physical Universe; Societies of the World; and the United States in the World.

5. Math - 6.1%

Source: Hard Times, College Majors, Unemployment and Earnings 2013: Not All College Degrees are Created Equal. Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

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Graduates Gain Nursing Jobs Fast

Nearly all of the 2013 Graduates of the University of Akron School of Nursing had jobs within 30 days of beginning their job search. According to the Akron Journal Beacon on June 9, 2013, the school's nursing administrator, MS. Cheryl Buchanan reported, “If they would go to Florida or Michigan, they would find a job immediately.”

The average national starting wage for RNs is $48,000, but Travel Nurses (who might even work in their own hometowns) receive higher wages, transportation expenses, rent or mortgage payments for up to 12 months on each assignment, and a variety of other incentives. See Travel Nursing.

Nurse Positions Continue to Increase

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Over 611,000 Jobs Open For New RN Grads - Mid-June 2013

These jobs are clustered in the alrgest nubers in these metropolitan areas:

  1. NYC
  2. Dallas and Houston, Texas
  3. Nashville TN
  4. Minneapolis/St. Paul MN
  5. Pheonix AZ
  6. San Antonio TX
  7. Denver CO
  8. Chicago IL
  9. Cleveland OH
  10. Boston MA
  11. Anchorage AK
  12. Raleigh NC - Lots of opportunities around the Research Triangle.
  13. Seattle WA

Worst Job Titles For Finding Employment

Mid-June 2013 saw 7,500,000 job listings for the USA.

1. Architecture - 13.9% Unemployment rate. Fewer than 40 Construction Architect jobs were available.

2. Film, video & photographic arts - 12.9%. About 4,500 jobs avaiable.

3. Arts - 11.1% About 5,000 jobs.

4. Philosophy & Religious Studies - 10.8% About 200 jobs.

5. Anthropology and Archeology - 10.5% Fewer than 2,000 jobs.

Source: Ibid.

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I hope they find it useful, Maren Morgan M-T. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I will pass this on to my friends who are students.

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I hope college costs and student loans do not cause obstacles for your child. If I had college to do over again, I'd work an extra year before attending and have a better savings plan before considering gaduate school.

      My own experience was that advisors in grad school assured me that there were an abundance of jobs in my degree field around my city, but they did not tell me that jobs were actually over 1,000 miles away, or that the degree field was going to be renamed and new courses added the following year OR that there were no courses to take for a PhD degree, only a term of 10 years of student research work for a professor. Information was hard to extract. Advisors need to be questioned more frequently, I think.

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      I've done some research and writing on different jobs and whether a college degree is worth it. You are absolutely right that making a choice of health care or any of the STEM majors is going to probably land you a job better than any other major. However, I was very surprised to learn that any college degree makes you much better protected in a recession. While we saw overall unemployment go up to 13% or so, the unemployment for college graduates was still around 5%. I was even more surprised to find out that even one year of college makes your chances of getting and keeping a job better. So while studying a major they like isn't always the smartest option, it is better than having a kid drop out. I teach college, but I'm in a whole new category next year as my first kid GOES to college--so I'm trying to be prepared!

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks for the comments! I do hope that college advisors spend more time on looking at career fields and what really available with students.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks for the useful and informative hub here. Yes, it is so important to find out just how the field in which you desire to go into is feasible as far as actually gaining employment no doubt!

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      You've given college students much useful information to think about. They do need this kind of assistance. Very thoughtful and very important. Voted Up.

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      You can add a graphic line divider in a photo capsule.

      You can make your own lines, but I'm not good at explaining how to do that, SO visit a graphic lines site to find free lines to use for your own, like these pages below - remove the extra spaces and change DOT to a .

      http:// www.specialweb DOT com/original/lines.html

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      Shiela Mae Parreno 4 years ago from Davao City, Philippines

      I thought all the while the Nursing course is heading downwards but good to know it's not. I've one question though that's not related with this, how do I put that blue line in between text capsules? Hope I won't get penalized for asking it here =)

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks very much! The results are a little surprising, except for nurses. :)

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      Shiela Mae Parreno 4 years ago from Davao City, Philippines

      Nice hub! Very informative..voted and shared. =)