A Technical College Major Holds Earning Potential Beyond Liberal Arts

A Technical College Major Holds Earning Potential Beyond Liberal Arts

When you get a few years out of college, no one ever asks about your undergraduate major. And if it was something completely unrelated to your field, or historically "useless" (see: Art History), it's a relief.  Now, all those who held traditionally "useless" majors: The Wall Street Journal is drudging up the past, to prove how a decision you made at age 18 affects your income for the rest of your life. No pressure.

As you can see, liberal arts majors consistently earn less than those with technical degrees. Here is what the WSJ has to say about that:

Technical majors even have an advantage in fields that are typically hotbeds for liberal arts majors, [a career counselor] said. "Technical degrees are valued in all fields. I've a seen a [company] communications department actually prefer that someone have an engineering degree rather than a communications degree," she said.

The most successful liberal arts majors either go to grad school or begin to develop their career through internships while still in school, Ms. Brooks said.

Spectacular. As far as we can tell, this data overrides the glossy, hopeful influence of the college viewbook that encourages prospective students to be well-rounded and intellectually curious. Prospective college students (and parents of), take note: Intellectual curiosity is hereby penalized, so the heck with it.

Tell us in the comments: How did you decide on your major? How do you view majors other than your own?



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