Special Report

College Majors With the Lowest Unemployment

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5. Teacher education: multiple levels
> Unemployment rate: 1.0%
> Avg. salary: $32,416
> Undergrad degree holders with a master’s or professional degree or higher: 48.2%
> Undergrad degree holders in labor force: 113,714

A major in multiple level teacher education prepares students for careers as teachers in America’s public and private schools. Upon entering the workforce, multiple level teacher education majors have access to one of the most stable job markets in the U.S. economy, as just 1.0% of labor force participants who majored in the field are unemployed.

While jobs for teachers are secure in much of the country, they are not especially well paying. The average salary among workers who majored in teacher education is just $32,416.

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4. Architectural engineering
> Unemployment rate: 0.9%
> Avg. salary: $88,629
> Undergrad degree holders with a master’s or professional degree or higher: 28.1%
> Undergrad degree holders in labor force: 22,058

Architectural engineering majors study engineering and building construction and also likely take courses in math, computer programming, surveying, architectural history, and design. Coursework is designed to prepare students for careers in architecture, which is one of the most secure and well-paying occupations in the United States.

The unemployment rate among those who studied architectural engineering in the labor force is less than 1%, and the average salary among the same group of workers is $88,692, one of the higher salaries on this list.

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3. Educational administration and supervision
> Unemployment rate: 0.8%
> Avg. salary: $48,509
> Undergrad degree holders with a master’s or professional degree or higher: 94.0%
> Undergrad degree holders in labor force: 48,229

Educational administration and supervision majors learn general teaching principles as well as methods necessary to manage a school or other educational institution. Specific fields of study in the major include higher education administration, principalship, continuing education, community college education, and superintendency.

There are more than 48,200 labor force participants with a bachelor’s degree in educational administration and supervision, and only 0.8% of them are underemployed.

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2. Military technologies
> Unemployment rate: 0.0%
> Avg. salary: $52,807
> Undergrad degree holders with a master’s or professional degree or higher: 35.8%
> Undergrad degree holders in labor force: 3,887

Military technologies majors are preparing for careers in the armed services — specifically in specialized segments such as weaponry, strategy, and leadership. The degree is not offered at most schools, and fewer than 4,000 labor force participants majored in the field. The major is also one of only a handful for which the unemployment rate among those who studied the subject is effectively zero.

The coursework for students in the major develops their math, science, and computer skills, and also tests and builds their physical endurance.

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1. Soil science
> Unemployment rate: 0.0%
> Avg. salary: $47,202
> Undergrad degree holders with a master’s or professional degree or higher: 30.7%
> Undergrad degree holders in labor force: 6,371

Soil science majors study soil, typically in the context of agriculture, learning the chemical properties of soil, which soils are best suited for specific crops, how to control weeds, as well as conservation and soil management. Students who choose this major often end up working as advisers to crop farmers domestically and abroad, analyzing the mineral content of soil samples, or specializing in a specific crop type.

According to the BLS, demand for workers in agricultural science is projected to grow faster than average in the coming years as pressing new challenges arise related to population growth, climate change, and increased demand for resources. The unemployment rate among the 6,400 labor force participants who majored in soil science is effectively 0%.