I have so many other things I need/should be doing, but I just HAD to get this off my chest. AHEM…
The Daily Beast recently posted an article about the 13 most useless majors. I’ve actually seen several articles lately on this very subject and I think these lists are just as USELESS.
Not to my surprise, most of these majors have a lot to do with my own field of study: Mass communications. Journalism actually placed number 8 on the list.
Unemployment, recent grad: 7.7 percent
Unemployment, experienced grad: 6.0 percent
Earnings, recent grad: $32,000
Earnings, experienced grad: $58,000
Projected growth, 2010–2020: -6 percent
Related occupations: Reporter, correspondent, broadcast news analyst
Obviously I do not care about these statistics or I would not have chosen this major when I entered college. What enrages me most is how much these skills of study are taken for granted.
There is so much focus lately on STEM majors (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and so much of the [little] funding universities have is going to them. Meanwhile, everything else is suffering.
My wish is for these majors to suspend what they do for ONE day. For example, ALL journalists would take a holiday. I wonder how much of what they do would be noticed then? Think about it. No newspapers. No stories. No photos to look at. No information obtained, none distributed.
What would it be like to be in the DARK for just one whole day? Maybe then people would take back just how ‘useless’ it is.
Thankfully, I’m not the only one severely annoyed by this. Here’s a follow-up article The Daily Beast posted today with responses.
One thought on “The 13 Most Useless Majors – My response”
I completely agree with you. This is one of those subjects that annoys the hell out of me. What is most interesting is the basic skills that are fundamental to journalism, communications and other majors deemed ‘useless’ are normally the skills such as being able to communicate effectively, work well, stay organized, etc. that are vital in any industry (and that many people are lacking).