10 Most Trash Worthy Degrees

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There are some degrees that are more useful in the trash can than on your resume. Many students are looking at colleges and narrowing what major they would like to pursue. To help make this decision, here are 10 of the most useless college degrees for 2015.

  1. Psychology

A bachelor’s degree in psychology will teach you how the human brain works and why humans act the way they do– not how to be a psychologist. This requires a completely separate doctoral degree, and an extra six to eight years. (“10 Worst College Degrees” http://www.thesimpledollar.com/10-worst-college-degrees-to-earn-in-2015/)

The underemployment level is at 50 percent.

  1. Education

Teaching is a popular major, but the profits are just not there. The median salary for a daycare teacher is $27,910, an elementary school teacher is $52,241 and a high school teacher is $54,473.  (“8 College Degrees with the Worst Return on Investment” http://www.salary.com/8-college-degrees-with-the-worst-return-on-investment/slide/5/)

The underemployment level is at 50 percent.

  1. Liberal Arts

A 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report listed liberal arts majors as a group that “fared poorly” when it came to overall unemployment. What this goes to prove is that a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts might make you well-rounded, but it won’t necessarily help you get a high paying job.  (“10 Worst College Degrees” http://www.thesimpledollar.com/10-worst-college-degrees-to-earn-in-2015/)

The underemployment level is at 50 percent.

  1. Graphic Design

In a technology savvy world, one would think graphic design is useful and beneficial. A few years back this degree was in high demand–not any more. One of the biggest cons is design degrees are expensive, and once a degree is received, the median pay is only $37,300 a year.

The underemployment level is at 52 percent. (“10 Worst College Majors” http://www.cheatsheet.com/business/10-worst-college-majors-for-todays-job-market.html)

  1. English Language and Literature

If a student graduates with an English degree, but does not go into teaching, they are usually stuck and have to find an additional minor. The median pay with this degree is $39,700.

The underemployed level is at 52 percent.

  1. Sociology

Most people who earn a bachelor’s degree become a social worker, correctional officer, probation officer or correctional treatment specialist. Unfortunately, the employment prospects don’t look good in these fields and the median pay is only $38,900. (“10 Worst College Degrees” http://www.thesimpledollar.com/10-worst-college-degrees-to-earn-in-2015/)

 

The underemployment level is at 53 percent.

  1. General Studies

A specialized degree is more beneficial than a broad one. With a generic diploma, students are having difficulties getting specific careers. Also, the median pay is only $32,000.

The underemployment level is at 55 percent.

8. Health Care Administration

According to the BLS, if you have a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration, you may only be eligible to apply for an entry-level job with a smaller healthcare organization or at the department level in other healthcare organizations. The median pay is $43,800.

The underemployment level is at 58 percent.

  1. Business Management and Administration

A big problem is most students aren’t graduating with specialized degrees, such as accounting or finance. However, another issue is there are simply too many graduates majoring in the field. The median pay is $44,300.

The underemployment level is at 60 percent.

 

  1. Criminal Justice

Earning a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice is not necessary to launching a career as a police officer or detective. According to the BLS, police officers and detectives are not always required to earn a degree beyond their high school diploma. Attending a training academy sponsored by the agency, and /or performing a set number of hours of on-the-job training is all that is necessary. If someone is looking to work in criminal justice, they should skip the degree and go right into the academy. (“10 Worst College Degrees” http://www.thesimpledollar.com/10-worst-college-degrees-to-earn-in-2015/)

 

The underemployment level is at 62 percent. (“10 Worst College Majors” http://www.cheatsheet.com/business/10-worst-college-majors-for-todays-job-market.html)