Special Report

College Majors With the Lowest Unemployment

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10. Engineering And Industrial Management
> Unemployment: 1.36%
> Avg. salary: $66,820
> BA holders with a master’s degree: 42.3%
> BA holders in labor force: 43,947

Those who study engineering and industrial management are among the least likely bachelor’s degree holders to be unemployed. Though there are nearly 44,000 people in the U.S. labor force with this degree, and fewer than 600 of them are out of work. Of those who earn engineering and industrial management bachelor’s degrees, 42.3% earn a master’s degree as well — nearly exactly in line with the 42.1% rate among all bachelor’s degree holders.

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9. Miscellaneous Agriculture
> Unemployment: 1.35%
> Avg. salary: $44,998
> BA holders with a master’s degree: 34.1%
> BA holders in labor force: 16,386

There are over 1 million Americans working as farmers, ranchers, or other agricultural positions. Yet relatively few of them have college degrees as it is generally not a requirement for those positions. There are only 16,386 people in the U.S. labor force with a bachelor’s degree in miscellaneous agriculture. This job is of vital importance because there is always a need for the food those in the agriculture industry provide, so unemployment is very low.

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8. Teacher Education: Multiple Levels
> Unemployment: 1.28%
> Avg. salary: $31,379
> BA holders with a master’s degree: 83.5%
> BA holders in labor force: 100,623

There are just over 100,000 people in the American labor force who graduated with a degree in teacher education that prepared them to teach at multiple levels. More than 99,000 of those people have a job. The versatility of the major likely explains why graduates with a major in teacher education: multiple levels have an unemployment rate of just 1.28% — the lowest rate of any type of education major.

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7. Clinical Psychology
> Unemployment: 1.26%
> Avg. salary: $48,186
> BA holders with a master’s degree: N/A
> BA holders in labor force: 24,228

A clinical psychology degree typically prepares the holder to continue his or her education to become a psychologist. More than two-thirds of those with a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology go on to earn their doctorate — generally a requirement for becoming a practicing clinical psychologist. Given this high level of education, clinical psychologists are not especially well paid compared with other jobs that require a doctorate. The average salary for those in this field is just over $48,000.

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6. Genetics
> Unemployment: 1.21%
> Avg. salary: $97,953
> BA holders with a master’s degree: 74.0%
> BA holders in labor force: 18,251

Genetics majors are on the cutting-edge of many research fields delving into the human genome. Genetics could provide the solutions to many medical issues, which could also be very lucrative. This likely explains why the average genetics degree holder earns nearly $98,000 per year.

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