Here Are Some Of The Most Useless Degrees And We’re Sorry If You Spent The Money And Time On It
Earlier this year, Forbes reported a $1.5 trillion dollar crisis of student loan debt in the United States. Currently, 44.2 million people are currently living with student loan debt. The culture of trading education for a seemingly lifelong commitment to debt has become such a burden to our society, that the topic has become a hot button issue in politics.
That said, there’s no guarantee that politicians will forgive student debt, or that the expensive degree you’re after will make it any easier to pay off that debt. Here’s our ranking of the top ten most useless degrees for 2019.
For the record, the projected growth for all job positions in the next decade averages at 9.7 percent, according to Kiplinger. Photographers are expected to grow in demand by just 1.2 percent.
Instead of dropping money on a college major, consider assisting a professional photographer, or build your skills as a hobbyist while gaining business insights in college.
2. Fashion Design
The projected job growth rate for fashion designers is expected to be 6.1 percent over the next decade. Those that make it to the nation’s top design schools often have to work for less than minimum wage for years until raking in fatter paychecks. You also have to be comfortable with living in either New York or Los Angeles for the rest of your career, if you stay in the U.S.
3. Paralegal Studies
We all know Lady Justice isn’t quite color blind in the U.S., and applaud anyone seeking to even the playing field. Paralegals as a profession are expected to grow 13.3 percent in the next decade. That said, majoring in it won’t give you any real advantage and will just pigeonhole you into the profession.
All you need is an associate’s degree in paralegal studies and you can expect to make $40,400 as a starting salary. The salary growth isn’t nearly as good as for lawyers. If you’re just looking for a stepping stone to become a lawyer, becoming a paralegal isn’t it.
As someone who majored in this field herself, I can tell you your undergraduate studies years will be very satisfying, but your satisfaction will decrease every year post-grad. That is unless you plan to work in the academic world. Then, the median starting salary for philosophy majors is $48,200 per year.
If not, then know you’re shelling out for a spiritual experience and not a career boost.
5. Culinary Arts
Save your money and just work your way up the restaurant ladder if your dream is to become a chef. The industry is expected to grow by 13.4 percent, but it does fluctuate along with the economy. That means if we experience another depression, you’ll be more hard hit than other professions.
6. Art History
Over 20 percent of degree holders in this field have dropped out of the workforce. If you want to become a conservator, you’ll need a master’s degree, and even then, you can expect to earn around $55,000 a year.
If you know your future is in art, study digital bookkeeping. Archivists around the globe are transitioning to digitize their records.
If you’re looped into politics at all, you know that the advertising industry is shifting and morphing more quickly than policies can keep up with. Billboards are over.
Social media paid advertising is how products reach consumers these days. If you’re interested in the spirit of advertising, study Data Analytics. Advertising has become an algorithm of targeting consumers with a product they may have already searched, or, more controversially, that their demographic may be more attracted to.
8. Radio and Television
If you want to be on radio or television, try not to. Radio and TV announcers are facing a 12.9% percent decline in positions over the next decade. Plus, employers prefer a degree in journalism or broadcasting instead. Keep more doors open if you’re really interested in this career path. It may not be viable for much longer, and you’ll be able to use a broader degree in our ever-advancing world.
9. Graphic Design
If you love creating graphics, you might want to fine tune that talent on your own time and gain some web-focused skills. Graphic designers are projected to grow in demand by 6.4 percent in an already competitive field.
Try studying UX design while building your portfolio in UI design to make for a competitive candidate in a booming field.
10. Hospitality & Tourism
If you want to work in the travel industry, invest in a business or hotel management major. Their pay starts out at $44,000, versus $23,000 for resort desk clerks. Expect to earn $89,000 by mid-career in a hotel management position.
What do you think about these degrees? Are you about to graduate with one of them? Let us know.