While that may not seem like an earth-shattering revelation, a Bee analysis of new Census Bureau data lays out the stark contrasts between chosen disciplines in illuminating detail. Is your child, for instance, thinking about …
… a philosophy degree? Philosophy graduates in California last year were about five times as likely to be unemployed as nursing graduates.
… ethnic studies? Computer engineering graduates in California typically make twice as much.
… a drama degree? Theater majors were about eight times as likely to work in the food services industry as those with accounting degrees.
Any college degree is valuable. California college graduates in every popular discipline made more last year and were more likely to be employed than Californians with just a high school diploma. The income and employment gap between those with a college degree and those without continues to widen.
Plus, college isn't just about making money. A religion major might never be happy pursuing a career in engineering. And many students know the risks of pursuing an arts or humanities degree: Thousands have subsequently done well and are reaping the rewards, both spiritually and financially.
But others feel disappointed by the results of their choice of major, especially these days.
Does anyone really expect to make a living with a degree in oppressed minority studies or philosophy?