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?


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