have you read the news? 20 most useless degrees

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    Are you trying to decide what college major is right for you? If so, you might want to take a closer look at a list that was recently put together by the Daily Beast.
    According to the Daily Beast, there are several college degrees that are essentially a waste of time and money to earn. In determining its list, the Daily Beast considered several different factors. These included:

    • The starting and mid-career salary levels you can expect to earn after getting a position in the profession most closely associated with the degree
    • The projected change in the total number of jobs from 2008 through 2018
    • The projected change in the percent of jobs available in the field from 2008 through 2018

    After gathering this data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Payscale.com, The Daily Beast put together its list of the 20 “most useless” majors in America. Here is what they found.

    #20: Animal Science

    • Median starting salary: $34,600
    • Median mid-career salary: $62,100
    • Projected change in the number of jobs from 2008-2018: +500
    • Projected change in percent of number of jobs from 2008-2018: +13.15
    • Undergrad field of study: Biological and biomedical sciences
    • Number of students awarded a degree in the field in 2008-2009: 80,756

    #19: English

    • Median starting salary: $37,800
    • Median mid-career salary: $67,500
    • Projected change in the number of jobs from 2008-2018: +30,900
    • Projected change in percent of number of jobs from 2008-2018: +9.37
    • Undergrad field of study: English language and literature/letters
    • Number of students awarded a degree in the field in 2008-2009: 55,462

    #18: Psychology

    • Median starting salary: $35,300
    • Median mid-career salary: $62,500
    • Projected change in the number of jobs from 2008-2018: +19,700
    • Projected change in percent of number of jobs from 2008-2018: +11.59
    • Undergrad field of study: Psychology
    • Number of students awarded a degree in the field in 2008-2009: 94,271

    #17: Fine Arts

    • Median starting salary: $35,400
    • Median mid-career salary: $60,300
    • Projected change in the number of jobs from 2008-2018: +25,800
    • Projected change in percent of number of jobs from 2008-2018: +11.62
    • Undergrad field of study: Visual and performing arts
    • Number of students awarded a degree in the field in 2008-2009: 89,140

    #16: Art

    • Median starting salary: $33,500
    • Median mid-career salary: $54,800
    • Projected change in the number of jobs from 2008-2018: +88,100
    • Projected change in percent of number of jobs from 2008-2018: +10.57
    • Undergrad field of study: Visual and performing arts
    • Number of students awarded a degree in the field in 2008-2009: 89,140

    #15: Literature

    • Median starting salary: $37,500
    • Median mid-career salary: $65,700
    • Projected change in the number of jobs from 2008-2018: +30,900
    • Projected change in percent of number of jobs from 2008-2018: +10.57
    • Undergrad field of study: Visual and performing arts
    • Number of students awarded a degree in the field in 2008-2009: 89,140

    #14: Photography

    • Median starting salary: $35,100
    • Median mid-career salary: $61,200
    • Projected change in the number of jobs from 2008-2018: +17,500
    • Projected change in percent of number of jobs from 2008-2018: +11.54
    • Undergrad field of study: Visual and performing arts
    • Number of students awarded a degree in the field in 2008-2009: 89,140

    #13: Art History

    • Median starting salary: $39,400
    • Median mid-career salary: $57,100
    • Projected change in the number of jobs from 2008-2018: +500
    • Projected change in percent of number of jobs from 2008-2018: +11.46
    • Undergrad field of study: Liberal arts and humanities
    • Number of students awarded a degree in the field in 2008-2009: 47,096

    #12: Theater

    • Median starting salary: $35,300
    • Median mid-career salary: $59,600
    • Projected change in the number of jobs from 2008-2018: +16,900
    • Projected change in percent of number of jobs from 2008-2018: +10.88
    • Undergrad field of study: Visual and performing arts
    • Number of students awarded a degree in the field in 2008-2009: 89,140

    #11: Human Resources

    • Median starting salary: $38,100
    • Median mid-career salary: $61,900
    • Projected change in the number of jobs from 2008-2018: +12,900
    • Projected change in percent of number of jobs from 2008-2018: +9.61
    • Undergrad field of study: Public administration
    • Number of students awarded a degree in the field in 2008-2009: 23,851

    #10: Nutrition

    • Median starting salary: $42,200
    • Median mid-career salary: $56,700
    • Projected change in the number of jobs from 2008-2018: +5,600
    • Projected change in percent of number of jobs from 2008-2018: +9.24
    • Undergrad field of study: Biological and biomedical sciences
    • Number of students awarded a degree in the field in 2008-2009: 80,756

    #9: Chemistry

    • Median starting salary: $42,400
    • Median mid-career salary: $83,700
    • Projected change in the number of jobs from 2008-2018: +2,100
    • Projected change in percent of number of jobs from 2008-2018: +2.48
    • Undergrad field of study: Physical sciences
    • Number of students awarded a degree in the field in 2008-2009: 22,466

    #8: Mechanical Engineering Technology

    • Median starting salary: $53,300
    • Median mid-career salary: $84,300
    • Projected change in the number of jobs from 2008-2018: -700
    • Projected change in percent of number of jobs from 2008-2018: -1.45
    • Undergrad field of study: Engineering technologies
    • Number of students awarded a degree in the field in 2008-2009: 15,112

    #7: Music

    • Median starting salary: $36,700
    • Median mid-career salary: $57,000
    • Projected change in the number of jobs from 2008-2018: +19,600
    • Projected change in percent of number of jobs from 2008-2018: +8.16
    • Undergrad field of study: Visual and performing arts
    • Number of students awarded a degree in the field in 2008-2009: 89,140

    #6: Child and Family Studies

    • Median starting salary: $29,500
    • Median mid-career salary: $38,400
    • Projected change in the number of jobs from 2008-2018: +36,100
    • Projected change in percent of number of jobs from 2008-2018: +12.33
    • Undergrad field of study: Family and consumer sciences
    • Number of students awarded a degree in the field in 2008-2009: 21,905

    #5: Fashion Design

    • Median starting salary: $37,700
    • Median mid-career salary: $72,200
    • Projected change in the number of jobs from 2008-2018: +200
    • Projected change in percent of number of jobs from 2008-2018: +0.81
    • Undergrad field of study: Visual and performing arts
    • Number of students awarded a degree in the field in 2008-2009: 89,140

    #4: Advertising

    • Median starting salary: $37,800
    • Median mid-career salary: $73,200
    • Projected change in the number of jobs from 2008-2018: -800
    • Projected change in percent of number of jobs from 2008-2018: -1.71
    • Undergrad field of study: Communications
    • Number of students awarded a degree in the field in 2008-2009: 78,009

    #3: Agriculture

    • Median starting salary: $42,300
    • Median mid-career salary: $59,700
    • Projected change in the number of jobs from 2008-2018: -9,100
    • Projected change in percent of number of jobs from 2008-2018: -0.88
    • Undergrad field of study: Agriculture and natural resources
    • Number of students awarded a degree in the field in 2008-2009: 24,988

    #2: Horticulture

    • Median starting salary: $35,000
    • Median mid-career salary: $50,800
    • Projected change in the number of jobs from 2008-2018: -15,200
    • Projected change in percent of number of jobs from 2008-2018: -1.74
    • Undergrad field of study: Agriculture and natural resources
    • Number of students awarded a degree in the field in 2008-2009: 24,988

    #1: Journalism

    • Median starting salary: $35,800
    • Median mid-career salary: $66,600
    • Projected change in the number of jobs from 2008-2018: -4,400
    • Projected change in percent of number of jobs from 2008-2018: -6.32
    • Undergrad field of study: Communications
    • Number of students awarded a degree in the field in 2008-2009: 78,009

    http://www.top-colleges.com/blog/2011/05/29/top-20-%E2%80%9Cmost-useless%E2%80%9D-majors/

    so don't despair from what is propagated on the air.

    :wasalam:
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    Assalaam walaikum,

    It saddens me that horticulture is not acknowledged for the benefits it yields. That is a field that needs to develop and people take it seriously. It is farming and we need to learn to grow food.
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    Today, it's all about technology/computers etc.
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    Assalaam walaikum,

    I love technology and computers...but they do not stuff my tummy.

    We are encouraged as Muslims to depend on agriculture, too. And there are the combination of systems. Employ technology to better the agriculture.

    I see Muslims being obsessed with medicine. Yet, we can also make natural medicines without the poisons of the chemicals. Whatever happened to the love of the Medicine of the Prophet.

    I know it doesn't pay.
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    dear good knowledge!
    Masha'allah!


    Thank you for sharing this,
    brother.
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    Take care,
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    Have you ever heard the saying, "If you ate today, thank a farmer" Its very true. Im worried for our future because there is a lack of young people taking an interest in horticulture and farming.
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    Interesting, I was surprised to not see my degree (Political Science) on the list.
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    Alahmdulillah mine is not included in the list
    (Bachelor of Information Technology)

    BUT.... I still wonder why some of my family members and loved ones are still considering IT degree to be some thing "Useless" and ask me to starts up with BSc (Bachelors of Science) :redface::rolleyes::SMILY138:

    Hm.. Allah is enough for me Alhamdulillah ...

    Plz do add me in your Duas...
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    well these kind of lists are useless for all practical purposes. Jobs are created by businesses. Businesses hire becasue the value of the services delivered by an employee exceeds the cost of hiring that employee. The value of the services is determined by the demand in the market i.e. how much people are willing to pay for a product or service.

    Therefore, if you can consistently deliver more value than your salary, you should not have any difficulty finding a job. Basically, whatever your degree, you should concentrate on creating value instead of thinking about these lists. Generate more value and you will be paid more. However, an employee will always be paid LESS than the actual market value of the services delivered by him.
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    Assalaam walaikum,

    And brother there are times when the most valuable employee is fired..when we remain out of work for a long period they will not even interview us...have you heard about the 99ers in the US...even McBurger and Martofwall will not hire us for the same pay as they pay the undocumented worker...with no formal education.

    Times are tough out here.
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    This news article is reflect United States data. It is not international. Is it useless, idk.

    I was just glad to see journalism of the most useless and it makes sense reading the news.

    :wasalam:

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