What are the most popular college majors?

The last couple of days we’ve been talking about college majors, which ones can help you get a job and which ones can help you get a bigger (or smaller) paycheck.

Of course, that might make you wonder what the most popular college majors are. According to the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, the top 10 collegegs majors are:

Want to know want jobs in these fields typically pay? Georgetown’s study lists the salary ranges for top of the top majors:

  • Business management – $40,000 to $85,000 with the average at $58,000.
  • Accounting – $43,000 to $95,000 with an average of $63,000.

The College Solution blog lists the salary ranges for the others.

  • General business – $38,000 to $91,000 with an average of $59,000
  • Nursing – $48,000 to $80,000 with an average of $60,000
  • Psychology – $30,000 to $65,000 with an average of $43,000
  • Elementary education – $32,000 to $49,000 with an average of $40,000
  • Marketing and marketing research – $40,000 to $90,000 with $59,000 as the average
  • General education – $31,000 to $53,000 with an average of $41,000
  • English language and literature – $32,000 to $75,000 with $48,000 as an average
  • Communications – $35,000 to $81,000 with $50,000 as an average

What college major may help you get a high- (or low-) paying job?

We’ve been discussing college majors and which ones can help you get a job and which ones may make it a bit harder for you to find a job based on a study by the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University.

Today, we discuss those college majors with the highest and lowest average earnings.

Here are the highest:

  1. Petroleum Engineering $120,000
  2. Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Sciences and Administration $105,000
  3. Mathematics and Computer Science $98,000
  4. Aerospace Engineering $87,000
  5. Chemical Engineering $86,000
  6. Electrical Engineering $85,000
  7. Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering $82,000
  8. Mechanical Engineering $80,000
  9. Metallurgical Engineering $80,000
  10. Mining and Mineral Engineering $80,000

Here are the lowest:

  1. Counseling Psychology $29,000
  2. Early Childhood Education $36,000
  3. Theology and Religious Vocations $38,000
  4. Human Services and Community Organization $38,000
  5. Social Work $39,000
  6. Drama and Theater Arts $40,000
  7. Studio Arts $40,000
  8. Communication Disorders Sciences and Service $40,000
  9. Visual and Performing Arts $40,000
  10. Health and Medical Preparatory Programs $ 40,000

Next: How do the most popular college majors fare when it comes to salary?

What college majors may keep you on the unemployment line longer?

On Monday, we listed the 10 college majors that lead to the highest employment rates based on a study by The Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University.

Today, we list those college majors that, according to the study, have the highest unemployment rate. 

The top 10 majors with the highest unemployment rate are:

  1. Social psychology – 16%
  2. Nuclear engineering – 11%
  3. Educational administration and supervision – 11%
  4. Biomedical engineering – 11%
  5. Linguistics and comparative language and literature – 10%
  6. Mathematics and computer science – 10%
  7. U.S. history – 10%
  8. Court reporting – 10%
  9. Counseling psychology – 10%
  10. Studio arts  — 9%

Next: Which college majors can help you get the highest-paying jobs?

You gotta watch this awesome student-made video

Want to know what life is like at a particular university? You can ask many people on campus like admissions counselors, professors, coaches, and the marketing/communications folks. And, they’ll give you the straight scoop – or they should.

But, if you really, really want to know what campus life is like, ask the students who go there.

Four of our students created a video about their experiences on our campus for one of  Dr. Flora Wei’s communication classes. We wanted to share it with you because it’s awesome. It’s even more awesome because it was created by students. And they should know.

The video was made by Josh Bozym, a broadcast communications  major from Tobyhanna, PA; Tom Lalicata, a business management major from Doylestown, PA; Anna DeFrank, a biology major from New Castle, PA; and Matt Suter, a broadcast communications major from Pocono Lake, PA.

Take a look.

Let us know what you think.

What college majors will most likely lead to jobs?

It’s that time of year when college students start thinking about getting a job and high school students start wondering what they should major in.

The good news is that no matter your major, if you have a bachelor’s degree, on average you can expect to earn 84 percent more in your lifetime than someone who has only a high school diploma.

But, what majors lead to full-time jobs? What majors lead to the most high-paying jobs?

The Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University published the study, “What’s it Worth? The Economic Value of College Majors”  answers both of those questions and much more.

Today, we’ll address what majors have the highest employment rate. According to that Georgetown Study, these are the top 10 majors with highest employment rate:

  1. Geological and geophysical engineering – 100%
  2. Military technologies – 100%
  3. Pharmacology – 100%
  4. School student counseling – 100%
  5. Medical assisting services – 99%
  6. Metallurgical engineering – 99%
  7. Treatment therapy professions – 99%
  8. Agricultural economics – 98%
  9. Agriculture production and management – 98%
  10. Atmospheric sciences and meteorology – 98%  

Those 10 majors have the highest full-time employment:

  1. Genetics – 99%
  2. Mining and mineral engineering – 99%
  3. Geological and geophysical engineering   – 97%
  4. Engineering mechanics physics and science – 96%
  5. Nuclear engineering – 96%
  6. Oceanography – 96%
  7. Mechanical Engineering—95%
  8. Naval architecture and marine engineering —95%
  9. Petroleum engineering  —95%
  10. Agricultural economics – 94%

Next: What are the majors with the lowest employment rates?

Ten books you should read before you graduate

If you’re getting ready to graduate, your head has been filled with all kinds of valuable information about math, science, English, history. And that’s great. But, as you get ready to leave the confines of your cozy campus, there are many other things you’re going to need to know.

To help you gain these real-world skills, USA Today recommends 10 books that you must read before you graduate.

  1. Getting From College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World by Lindsey Pollack
  2. What you Should Know about Politics … But Don’t: A Nonpartisan Guide to the Issues by Jessamyn Conrad
  3. Martha Stewart’s Housekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home by Martha Stewart
  4. Emily Post’s Etiquette by Emily and Anna Post
  5. How to Boil Water by Food Network Kitchens
  6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
  7. The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke by Suze Orman
  8. Q and A a day: 5-Year Journal by Potter Style
  9. The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  10. Organize Now! By Jennifer Ford Berry

Of course, we have just a couple to add to that list:

What about you? Do you have any great must-read books to recommend?

Need a letter of recommendation? Here’s how to get one.

Whether you’re heading to the work world or looking for an internship or scholarship, you’re probably going to need at least a couple of letters of recommendation. But, whom do you ask? How do you ask? What kind of information should you provide?

Well, remember that the point of your letter is to highlight your strengths, note your strong work ethic, point out your attention to detail, recognize your ability to work well with others, etc.

Whom do you ask?   

To get a letter with that kind of information, you’ll need to ask those people who know your quality of work and will write a glowing recommendation for you.  It could be a current or former professor, a current or former employer, or a previous internship supervisor. But choose wisely.

How do you ask?

Make sure when you ask someone to write a recommendation you tell him or her what the letter is for. Are you applying for a special scholarship? Are you trying to get a great internship? Do you hope to get a coveted research job? That information will help the letter writer compose an appropriate recommendation for you.

And, for all of you procrastinators out there, make sure you ask far enough in advance. The people you will likely ask for a letter are probably busy and won’t be able to write a letter in one day or even one week. So, let them know as far in advance as you possibly can.  

What kind of information should you provide?

You might want to include with your request to a professor a couple of your best assignments that you completed in his or her class as a reminder of the work you have done.

One final thought

Once you get the letters, don’t forget to thank those people who wrote them for you.

Have you already been through this process? If so, let us know how you did it.