I saw this really interesting and interactive chart/diagram today, and I found it to be worth sharing. A sociologist from UNC went through and compiled the data for the 45 most common occupational outcomes for the 42 most common college majors. (I recommend reading the article – it’s pretty short! – for the complete methodology and parameters.)
It’s not a “sexy” study that tells you which majors will automatically lead to the highest salaries (or doom you to a low-paying career), but he makes a convincing argument, that it is probably a better, more realistic look at the connection (or perhaps, lack thereof) between college majors and occupations.
One thing that this chart immediately brought to mind is something that I’ve heard from one of Indiana University’s deans (an economist) who I have heard speak on a couple of occassions. He has pointed out that based on jobs data, nearly half of the jobs that will exist in twenty years do not yet exist.
That’s kind of an incredible statistic if you think about it. It also gives credence to the liberal arts approach (at least in part), that you should try to develop general skills (i.e. critical thinking, writing/speaking/communicating, the ability to learn, etc.) and then be able to use and apply those skills in a variety of contexts. Trying to find a direct link from specific major to specific occupation may not be the most effective approach (though it certainly does work for some occupations – this chart helps show that).
Again, check out the chart here (same as above).
On a side note, but related to liberal arts schools, this pretty awesome list poking fun at liberal arts schools came out on buzzfeed the other day. Check it out here. It’s a “you know you went to a liberal arts school if…” list.
Having gone to a liberal arts university, I can vouch for this list and say that it was pretty spot on in most ways. A few corrections that I would immediately point out: #8 – you actually found out that nearly everyone on campus was an athlete; #9 – DPU knows how to party; #27 – see previous.