Let’s dig into this a little deeper. The Princeton Review reports on the Top Ten most popular majors in the country. They even preface their list by warning that these jobs are not necessarily the most in demand in the work force. RED FLAG. How is every top 10 major not included in the top 10 most in demand for the work force? People are going to college to get a job. Period. They’re being mislead. More on that later. Of the top 10 majors, I will leave Education and Business alone. Although they both prepare students for disappearing jobs, and not how to create them for themselves, they are the least of the culprits. Coming in at #9, Political Science: Going to law school? No? Yikes. #8. Communications. This illustrious degree afforded me the opportunity of working in a field for five years where no degree is needed or even helpful, and I’m among the luckiest of my peers. #6 English. The public library is free. 20 to 40,000 dollars a year at private university is not. #2, my personal favorite, Psychology. How many people do you know have a B.A. in Psychology? How many of them are Psychologists? These four (really six) degrees are among the most popular fields of study yet they have virtually no demand in the work force. Of college graduates under age 25 with a college degree in humanities more than a quarter are unemployed. Less than half are working in a position that requires a college degree, and of them, there median annual income is less than $21,000 per year. I loved debating Kant and Mill in my college philosophy class. I see the value in the humanities and the social sciences. But value is trumped by cost against $8,244 (average annual 2011 public university tuition) or (wait for it) $28,500 (average annual 2012 private university tuition) per year. Neither of these figures include room, board, fees or books. In my next post I will discuss what this trend does to the labor market and to the greater economy. At this point, anecdotal insight is very helpful. Please comment on what you studied in college and your luck with employment after graduation.