Tech, Business Majors Fare Well in Study

Susan Hall
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Red-Hot Tech Jobs in 2012

Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce continues to put numbers on the job market in interesting ways. It recently looked where the jobs will be through 2018 for those with a high-school diploma, an associate degree and a bachelor's degree. It found tech jobs a good place to be.


And it reported that those who major in engineering, computer science or business will earn in their lifetime as much as 50 percent more than those who major in the humanities, the arts, education and psychology. Those differences seem to hold true in demand, as well as salaries, according to its most recent report issued Wednesday. It looks at unemployment among new college graduates - an issue adding fuel to the Occupy protests - and again finds that your college major matters.


The Washington Post reports it found these levels of unemployment by undergraduate major:


The highest:

  • Architecture, 13.9 percent.
  • The arts, 11.1 percent.
  • The humanities, 9.4 percent.


The lowest:

  • Health, 5.4 percent.
  • Education, 5.4 percent.
  • Agriculture and natural resources, 7 percent.


And in the middle:

  • Business, 7.4 percent.
  • Engineering, 7.5 percent.
  • Computers and mathematics, 8.2 percent.


And despite the whole debate over whether a college degree is worth it, the study argues that it is. The Post reports:

While unemployment among recent college graduates stood at 8.9 percent, the rates were much, much higher among job seekers with less education. Unemployment among those with a recent high school diploma was 22.9 percent, and 31.5 percent of recent high school dropouts were without a job.

The study also found that graduate degrees increase earnings across the board.


It also notes that those who create technology fare better than those who work with technology. It put the unemployment rate for new computer science majors at 7.8 percent, which sounds really, really high. University of Washington computer science professor Ed Lazowska told me that very little recruiting goes on for his department's seniors because they land jobs through internships they take as sophomores and juniors.


The study also put unemployment at 11.7 percent for new information systems majors, which also sounds high. With soaring use of data analytics, companies are crying out for people who can gain useful insight from their massive stores of data.

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