Jobs in Demand vs Popular College Majors

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    Note the HUGE GULF between the popular degrees, which are traditionally filled with FEMALE students (Social Studies, Communications, Nursing, Education, Psychology) and the best paying carreers, which are traditionally MALE occupations (Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry/Biology, Pilots).

    Also note the descrpencies between popular majors, and better paying carreers: See how Computer Science and Engineering have WARNING LABLES: "sharp drops" and "aggressive math." In comparison, majoring in English is a "good gateway degree to graduate school, or law school."



    Lets now take a look at the next top 10 paying careers in brief:

    1. Pilots, co pilots and flight engineers
    $99,400pa

    2. Marketing managers
    $78,410pa

    3. Computer software and applications engineer
    $76,310pa

    4. Biomedical engineer
    $70,520;
    They are trained in biology as well as engineering and work to develop solutions to health problems.

    5. Environmental engineer
    $67,620
    They work to fight damages to environment

    6. Computer systems analyst
    $67,520
    Systems analysts ensure that organizations make the best of their technological resources

    7. Database administrator
    $61,950
    Database administrators create and manage large quantities of financial, inventory and customer data.

    8. Physical therapist
    $61,560

    9. Network systems and data communication analyst
    $61,250

    10. Chemist
    $60,880

    Compare this list to the 10 Top College Majors:

    Top 10 Majors:

    Is it really any wonder that graduates cannot find jobs???
     
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    My struggle is trying to convince my high school senior daughter that theater arts is a one way ticket to living out of my wallet the rest of her life.

    Her back up plan is to double major in fashion and journalism so she can be an editor at a fashion magazine.

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    :eusa_eh:

    I have an 8 year old, so we have about 10 years before struggling with a similar dilemna; However, we've had friends whose daughter went down the "fashion and journalism" road.

    If it makes you feel any better, she graduated and now works as a bartender in Austin making Magaritas for State Senators.......

    They seem to pay well.
     
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    If she hasn't seen 'The Devil Wears Prada', make her watch it. :lol:
     
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    Yeah all we need are propellor heads in this society.

    What a lovely world that would be, eh?
     
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    Are they employable?

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    This would be so much easier to deal with if she was a dullard - disappointing but easy - three kids by 21, working in a convenience store, 2nd divorce on the way, etc.

    But, she is bright, inquisitive, book smart...
     
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    Yep, and you'd think the last people to pick a major in underwater-basketweaving would be the "bright, inquisitive, book smart." What a freakin waste....but, you never know, many 18 yo haven't a fuckin' clue, but after a couple of years may decide that earning a degree that will actually be valuable is worth it.

    Of course, meantime, they've burned through a couple of years, and $$$.

    This is why I'm going to STRONGLY suggest you get an Air Force recruiter to talk to her. JUST TALK, no commitment.
     
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    I would suggest that anyone that really wants to make a reasonable wage, and does not have the patience or money to do college look at the oppertunities in maintenance. Electricians and Millwrights may not be the most romantic of jobs, but the pay is high, and many jobs offer all the overtime that you are willing to work. Often such technician make more thoughout their lives than do college graduates. There are many community colleges that offer courses in these fields, and even a few, such as the Oregon Institute of Technology that offer 4 year courses, whose graduates often have very good paying jobs the day they graduate.

    Maintenance people are the last fired and first hired. And it is very seldom that a person with multi-industry experiance will be out of work. And if you are competant, as long as you are physically capable of doing the job, age doesn't matter.
     
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    My 3 year old girl looked me the other day and said. Daddy I want to fly planes.

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