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5. Communication Disorders Sciences And Services
> Unemployment: 1.12%
> Avg. salary: $48,570
> BA holders with a master’s degree: N/A
> BA holders in labor force: 229,648
Communication disorders sciences and services majors study how to treat issues with speech, language, hearing, and cognitive communication problems. Though there are nearly 230,000 people in the U.S. labor force with this degree, few are unemployed. With an unemployment rate of 1.12%, only a handful of other majors have a lower share of degree-holders out of work.
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4. Physical Sciences
> Unemployment: 0.98%
> Avg. salary: $65,179
> BA holders with a master’s degree: 50.8%
> BA holders in labor force: 11,528
Physical sciences majors can apply their degree to a wide variety of disciplines, including astronomy, chemistry, geology, and more. This versatility may help explain the less than 1% unemployment rate for bachelor’s degree holders in this field — one of just four majors with less than 1% jobless rate. The low unemployment could also be due to the fact that most graduates in this field go on to earn a master’s degree, making them more desirable candidates for many scientific jobs.
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> Unemployment: 0.96%
> Avg. salary: $79,851
> BA holders with a master’s degree: 82.7%
> BA holders in labor force: 20,837
Geosciences majors, who study to enter careers in earth science, energy extraction, and natural preservation, are among the least likely to be unemployed and some of the best-paid college graduates. The average geosciences degree holder earns $79,851 a year — more than triple the average salary of college graduates. Geoscientists have great future job prospects as there will likely be continued demand for improvements in energy technology.
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2. Agricultural Economics
> Unemployment: 0.74%
> Avg. salary: $71,634
> BA holders with a master’s degree: 27.4%
> BA holders in labor force: 36,967
Agricultural economics majors prepare to work in fields like agricultural marketing, farm management, agricultural finance, and natural resource use and management. Of the 36,967 members of the U.S. labor force with this degree, fewer than 300 are unemployed. Unlike some other agriculture workers, agriculture economics majors have a relatively high average salary of $71,634 a year.
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1. Atmospheric Sciences And Meteorology
> Unemployment: 0.58%
> Avg. salary: $71,546
> BA holders with a master’s degree: 64.1%
> BA holders in labor force: 25,417
In order to plan out their day, everyone needs to know what the weather forecast holds. Perhaps for this reason atmospheric sciences and meteorology majors have the lowest unemployment rate of all college majors, at just 0.58%. This is just a fraction of the 5.4% unemployment rate among all college graduates. Of the 25,417 bachelor’s degree holders in the U.S. labor market, just 148 are unemployed. Like those in many other scientific fields, most atmospheric sciences and meteorology majors get their master’s degree.