Want a Job After Graduation? 5 Majors with the Highest Job Placement Rates

 03 - 12 - 14
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by Dixie Somers

With the cost of college tuition at its peak and the unemployment rate skyrocketing out of control, one of the biggest fears among college students is that they will not get hired after graduation, and thus will have wasted four years and thousands of dollars. Choosing a major is hard enough without the added stress of worrying whether or not one will get hired after graduation. One sure way to relieve this stress is to choose a major within your interests that has a high job placement rate. If you’re looking for a major that can guarantee you a job after graduation, here are the top five:

Actuarial Science

For those who have never heard of an actuary, it is someone who compiles and analyzes statistics to calculate insurance risks and premiums. It is not uncommon for actuarial science majors to be offered jobs while they are still in college. Not only is the unemployment rate for this field a stunning 0% (which places the job placement rate at 100%), but it is also a very lucrative career field. An average salary for an actuary is approximately $120,000. The skills students acquire from a major like this is obviously in high demand for insurance companies and other agencies. And any job that is in high demand will likely come with a bigger paycheck.

Astrophysics

Its astrophysics. Need I say more? Not many people even know this field exists. There is a definite demand for this field, and since not many people go into it, when someone does study it, the odds of them getting placed at a job after college are extremely high. You may think that a major in astrophysics limits you to only doing research in a lab. However, if you graduate with a degree in astrophysics you will actually have many choices in the type of industry or career path you want to go into. Jobs related to this major range from research, to publishing, to government-related jobs, and even a career in academics.

Medical Technology

It is a well known fact that almost any medical related degree is a safe bet for obtaining a job after college. A medical technology degree, however, might not be what you first think of when you think about a degree in medicine. Most likely, you think of becoming a nurse or doctor of some sort. It is a field that is less known, which probably explains why it has the lowest unemployment rate. Due to the fact that not many people go into this field, the amount of available jobs is substantial. The unemployment rate for this field is currently at 1.4%. There is a great demand for those who are experienced in this field right now, and the fact that it isn’t extremely popular also gives you a better chance of getting a job since you have less competition.

Nursing

There will always be a need for nurses, because there will always be sickness and disease in the world. Because of this, the demand for nurses is extremely high, which in turn makes the job placement rate just as high. Also, this major can be completed in between 2 and 4 years, which also makes it an attractive area of study for students. If you’re attending a community college, you can typically finish a nursing program in 2 years, if you attend a state school, it could take up to 4. The time frame will depend on specific prerequisites you need for each class, however this is generally a major that can be completed in a reasonable amount of time.

Engineering

This is one of the most popular majors among college students today, mainly because the prospects for jobs after graduation. Over the past few years, the unemployment rate for this field has dropped drastically to 2%, causing the job placement rate to skyrocket. “You’re an Engineer? You’re hired!” reads the heading of a U.S. News article. According to MRA electrical engineers, it has even become common for engineering majors to receive multiple job offers right out of college—another reason for the rising popularity of this major.

If you’re concerned about getting a job before or quickly after graduation, think carefully about your major. Do research about the job placement percentages associated with your major, and talk to your career counselor about options for career paths. It can be stressful to get close to graduation only to realize that the major you have spent four (or more) years working towards won’t help you get a job. Doing some research before hand will help you have a good idea of how likely it is that you will get a job upon graduation, as well as what types of jobs will be available to you. Consider one of the above majors if you’re looking for an area of study that has a high job placement percentage rate.

Guest Post by Dixie Somers
This article was written by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves to write for business, finance, women’s interests, and technology. Dixie lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters.

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