High school students go to college with the hope of obtaining a degree that would allow them to get a lucrative and fulfilling job in the future. While many students follow their passion, others just aim for the degree that will provide them with the best employment opportunities.
There are, of course, outside factors that affect one’s chances of employment, such as the job market and overall strength of the economy. But students can select certain areas of study that all but guarantee them employment if they graduate with a bachelor’s degree in that field.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to identify the college majors with the lowest unemployment rates. Average earnings include all people who graduated with a degree that major, even if they are unemployed, working part time, or out of the labor force.
While getting a job is the ideal outcome for college graduates, not all jobs are equally lucrative. Several different types of education majors appear on this list, but none of are especially well compensated relative to other jobs on this list. Pay for educators can be especially low in some of the worst states to be a teacher.
Some majors on this list can prepare graduates for some of the more competitive private-sector positions. This means that employers must bid for the services of the best candidates in the field, often driving their salaries closer to the six-figure range. Many of these science-based college majors prepare graduates to work in some of the highest paying jobs in the country.
25. Medical Technologies Technicians
> Unemployment: 1.79%
> Avg. salary: $55,436
> BA holders with a master’s degree: 18.5%
> BA holders in labor force: 182,810
24. Early Childhood Education
> Unemployment: 1.76%
> Avg. salary: $32,505
> BA holders with a master’s degree: 53.1%
> BA holders in labor force: 221,104
23. Theology And Religious Vocations
> Unemployment: 1.71%
> Avg. salary: $36,956
> BA holders with a master’s degree: 55.6%
> BA holders in labor force: 319,990
22. Health And Medical Preparatory Programs
> Unemployment: 1.70%
> Avg. salary: $99,363
> BA holders with a master’s degree: 57.1%
> BA holders in labor force: 98,960
21. Mathematics Teacher Education
> Unemployment: 1.67%
> Avg. salary: $35,971
> BA holders with a master’s degree: N/A
> BA holders in labor force: 92,940