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When I first saw the headline at The Daily Beast, I would have bet you dimes to nickles that “Journalism” was on that list. Of course, if you ask me, it is way too low on the list (should be #1). You’ll have to click over to see the data showing why these thirteen are the most useless (at least in terms of finding employment or getting paid):
- Fine Arts
- Drama and Theater Arts
- Film, Video, and Photographic Arts
- Commercial Art and Graphic Design
- Philosophy and Religious Studies
- English Literature and Language
- Anthropology and Archaeology
- Hospitality Management
- Political Science and Government
How the hell “Women’s Studies” didn’t make the list is beyond me. Or maybe it goes under “Drama and Theater Art.” In fact, I’d replace it with “graphic design” on the above list.
What most of these degrees have in common (with the possible exception of Architecture) is that you don’t need a degree to do any of them. Almost none of them provide any real-world job skills. If you want to be a musician, go play music. Want to be a writer? Then write.
The percentage of low-life Occupy morons who hold one of these worthless degrees and is perplexed as to why they can’t find a job has to be at least 80%.
If you want a job that enables you to 1) pay back your student loans, 2) start a family, buy a house, buy a nice car, and 3) avoid becoming one of Obama’s unemployment/food stamp statistics, get a degree in Engineering. Civil. Mechanical. Software. Electrical. Chemical. Take your pick.
Want to live in a tent across from city hall and beg passers-bye for change while you demand student loan bailouts from the government? Get a worthless humanities or fine arts degree.
My own undergraduate degree, a BS in Professional Writing, in no way prepared me to be a technical writer. I did not learn anything that I did not already know, I gained no special skill that most people don’t already posses (for those who passed most of their high school English classes, anyway). However, sadly, there is an arbitrary requirement in the industry to have a degree. So I got one. But learned nothing then that benefits me today.
Lucky for me that there is a very high-demand in the private sector — especially in highly-technical fields — for those who can write well and explain those technical concepts to an often less-technical user audience. I blame the lack of really good writers not on the universities, but rather on our public education system, which is much more interested in “free writing” exercises than they are in teaching kids how to write clearly and correctly.