If You Majored In One Of These 17 Subjects, You’re Probably Screwed

If You Majored In One Of These 17 Subjects, You're Probably Screwed

It’s no secret that our age group isn’t doing too well financially. We’re buried in student loans, so we can’t move out, buy homes, or do most of the things our parents were up to at our age. But is it actually our fault?

Payscale recently conducted a survey of nearly a million users who were underemployed thanks to their choice of undergraduate majors. They surveyed users between 2014-2016, so no, you can’t blame the recession either. You only have yourself to blame for majoring in something fun instead of something useful. If you picked one of these 17 majors, congratulations – there’s at least a 50/50 shot you’re underemployed.

17. Exercise Science – 50.0% underemployment rate
16. Art History – 50.7%
15. Theater – 50.8%
14. Paralegal Studies – 50.9%
13. Health Sciences – 50.9%
12. Animal Science – 51.1%
11. Creative Writing – 51.1%
10. Human Development and Family Studies – 51.5%
9. Education – 51.8%
8. Health Care Administration – 51.8%
7. Studio Art – 52.0%
6. Radio/Television and Film Production – 52.6%
5. Project Management – 52.8%
4. Criminal Justice – 53.0%
3. Illustration – 54.7%
2. Human Services – 55.6%
1. Physical Education Teaching 56.4%

Alright, kids, it’s time to have a talk. If you think college is a time to “find yourself,” I’m sorry, but you’re a moron. Sure, you can draw well, but the point of college is to get you ready for a job in the real world. Corporate America isn’t hiring ballerinas; they’re hiring middle managers, insurance agents, and engineers. While I’d like to stick it to the system on this one, I ultimately think we have no one else to blame for our current predicament.

[via Forbes]

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Steph W.

Steph W. is a new Master's degree graduate with an intern's salary and six-figure taste. She realizes her expectations far exceed reality, so she spends her days pinning away Loubs she pretends are in her physical closet instead of her virtual one. Her hobbies include attempting to trapping her boyfriend into marriage before he finds out how insane she is and pretending that Black Box wine tastes as good as the kind she could afford when she was gainfully employed. Send her tips for getting out of student debt at

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