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  1. Somedude4000 at |

    This is the biggest load of BS I’ve seen in a while. The only two degrees I can agree to are Medical and Engineering (should be higher on the list).
    Business is over-saturated, comp-sci is being outsourced to India and law students can be found working in the mall somewhere.

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    1. HerrWinter at |

      Wow you really know everything! You must have an awesome degree in B.S.!

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      1. Somedude4000 at |

        Yes, I do; how did you know? I also have a master’s in baiting. You know, fishing?

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        1. Dave at |

          so you’re a master baiter? Where you study that?

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    2. TopTenz Master at |

      You may enjoy reading our other list about useless degress a bit more: http://www.toptenz.net/to-10-useless-college-classes-degrees.php

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      1. Somedude4000 at |

        This doesn’t change the fact that a degree in accounting and pharmaceuticals is more valuable than most of the degrees you listed. I would do your work for you but people tell me I’m a llort at best.

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    3. Jorge at |

      Comp-sci is not being outsourced like you may think. They are finding that a lot of those jobs are coming back to the US.

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  2. Cole at |

    The English Degree should be in the top 10 list of the WORST college degrees. Unless you get a teaching degree to go along with it, it’s basically a useless degree (outside of giving someone an air of snootiness) unless you go back and get graduate/doctoral degrees and end up doing what? Teaching in college. The best luck you’d have finding a job is at the local bookstore.

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      I am the owner of an Internet marketing business and we have hired two English majors who provide writing and editing. I think an English degree provides you with the ability to read and write on a higher level than most people and this gives you an advantage in finding a job. As I can verify that none of our clients enjoy writing their own web copy and always use freelance writers who usually have an English degree. Being able to read and write correctly and professionally will always keep you employed, in my opinion.

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      1. Elizabeth at |

        AMEN!

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        1. TopTenz Master at |

          Speak of the devil. ;-)

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    2. Joseph Furguson at |

      The only useless college degree is ones that you do not use. I may not be the greatest writer in the world, but I am better than most because I devoted my college life to learning how to write.That degree is not useless. My teaching credential is fairly useless because I’m not doing anything with it, other than using my knowledge from it to correct misinformation about Education on the web .

      The writing staff of Futurama used to be some of the best educated people in Hollywood. The room was filled with a lot of doctorates in science and math. The dumbest guy in the room has a Masters in Folklore. Their degrees are useless because they are not using them.

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  3. Daniel at |

    Education is not necessarily an easy field to land a job. If the economy is bad, and you are teaching primary or Social Studies, English, Practical Arts (computer skills, shop classes and so on), or Fine Arts (Painting, so on), then not only is it difficult to find work, but many job turn out to be temporary (one year then a pink slip). The pay is barely acceptable (at the beginning, but get a masters and put in 20 years and it is not too bad). The pension is nice (a result of being a Unionized Career, The rest of the Career people were duped by the 401k scheme and gave up their pensions a long time ago). One reason to become a teacher is to put in 3 or 5 years and then transition. 50% of the people who start teaching stop teaching within 5 years. It is a good stepping stone into a career if you are not ale to find anything else. The skills you gain are widely appicable in private industry (organization, “People skills,” presentation skills, anger management, research, etc). Then again, if you “make it,” you havea a great career where everyone admires you and hates you at the same time. You are simultainiously admired and reviled, Respected and disrespected. It is a life of contradictions… still, it can be fun.

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  4. Peter Boucher at |

    Brian May, the lead guitarist for the rock group Queen has his P.hd (Yes a Doctorate Degree in Astro- Physics) from the Imperial Collge in London, England.

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  5. Chris at |

    Math degrees are the world’s best kept secret.

    It produces the most employable graduates, and the graduates who experience the highest job satisfaction.

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  6. TriviaFan at |

    Along with what Chris said, math figures heavily in the best college majors by salary (according to payscale). 7 of the top 10 on their list are all engineering majors ( petroleum, chemical, electrical, materials, aerospace and computer engineering). Others on the list include physics and economics.

    While I think this top 10 list is interesting, I would say that if you desire a good paying job right out of college, or at least have a chance at one, a solid engineering degree would help out a lot. I myself am a liberal arts major, but I concede that any degrees that deal with engineering or the life sciences can be more challenging academically than the ‘soft’ degrees.

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  7. ParusMajor at |

    Herschell Gordon Lewis had an engineering degree. He made his money making B-movies. Just like Corman. Ron Jeremy has an English degree. I guess he found a better job.

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  8. Angela at |

    As a proud holder of a BA in Political Science, I find it hard to imagine a degree that is LESS useful. Unless you plan on going thru to a graduate program. Like law school. It offers no useful skill that is readily applied to practical work -related experience. Except arguing… Condi Rice has a PhD, and is bleeping brilliant. Any person of average intelligence with a PoliSci degree will find themselves working retail right beside me…

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    1. FMH at |

      There is. Archaeology.

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  9. FMH at |

    I would strongly disagree on English, Political Science and Restaurant Management – mabye even Economy. English and Political Science are degrees mainly used to show that you went to college. Most jobs you can get with those two don’t have anything to do with English or Political Science, they just need someone with education – and would hire someone with any other degree, too. Most people I know that study these two things want to go into journalism and it took them a while to realize that they don’t need that degree there at all – they just need a lot of experience from internships.
    True, those two a degrees you can do a very wide variety of jobs with – if you work very hard and don’t expect getting payed much.
    Restaurant Management is pretty useless since -from my experience- few reastaurants hire managers directly, but promote their own people. Sure you can open your own restaurant, but do you really need a college degree for that?
    Economy is useful, that’s true. But there are too many people studying it to be usefull. To get a decent job, you have to do tons of internships and be able to use your connections. So -a bit like English or Political Science- it’s a field where you don’t get hired just like that. You might ask where that happens at all – in medicine and engineering.
    I’m speaking from a European point of view here, of course.

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  10. James at |

    ah…I’m glad to be an engineering student…

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  11. bobby at |

    This is a terrible list. English and psychology are terrible degrees, especially if you dont goto grad school.

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  12. Tale M at |

    DEGREE PROGRAMS ONLY NEEDS RESEARCH BEFORE YOU VENTURE INTO IT. I WAS SUPPOSE TO GO AT A CURTAIN COLLEGE TO DO ACCOUNTING DEGREE BUT AFTER STUDYING THE TRENDS INTHE COUNTRY I CAME TO REALISE IT WAS NOT WORTH SINCE I WAS NOT IN LOVE OF COMING BACK TO THE SOCIETY WITH A DEGREE AND BE A TEACHER TO EARN A LIVING JUST LIKE MAJORITY OF MY ADVANCED LEVEL TEACHER. TO MENTION A FEW MY BUSINESS STUDIES TEACHER HAD A DEGREE IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS, FOR ACCOUNTING SHE ALSO HAD A DEGREE IN ACCOUNTING AND FOR MATHEMATICS

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    1. FMH at |

      Your capslock and lack of punctuation tells everyone that you never even came close to visiting a college.

      I also find it funny that you can actually study accounting in the US. In Germany, that’s an apprenticeship you don’t even need the level of education to be allowed to college for.

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  13. BennieCane at |

    I was so happy when I saw English on this list! I am not an English major, but I do appreciate the study. English majors are the most useful friends to have in college. They are so helpful when it comes proof reading your papers or helping you with improving your writing. Plus, employers are looking for people who can communicate their thoughts effectively. This is a skill that is lacking and hard to come across. Heck, I wish I had the skills to be English major. I don’t even have the skill to write a toptenz list. These writers are amazing!

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    1. BennieCane at |

      Are there any lists for best worst or most exciting jobs? I heard you can become a professional chocolate taster. I would love that job :D !!!

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    2. FMH at |

      But for communications, they rarely choose English majors, because they actually have very little to do with communications, especially for PR

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  14. Will Barnum at |

    List is worthless, by most any metric philosophy majors outperform any other humanities course and some of the sciences. Philosophy majors outperform English students in verbal reasoning and writing sections of the GRE and is in fact the highest performer in those categories on the GRE in addition Philosophy majors outperform every other humanity on the LSAT (including poli sci) and quantitative section of the GRE. Philosophy majors also have a higher median salary than all humanities and bio and chem during the middle of the careers.

    Instead they put Philosophy in the 10 worst despite all evidence to the contrary.

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  15. Ash Ketchum at |

    The problem with this list is it doesn’t take the supply side of the equation into consideration. Take Business for example; at my school there are billions and billions of business majors, and although the courses might be teaching them information that is useful in the corporate landscape, there will be billions of them every spring applying for the 3 job openings across the country.

    The reason I choose Chem Eng (aside from the fact that math and science makes me horny) is that there is quite a bit of demand for chemical engineers where I live and very few people make it though the program. Its not about supply or demand; its about supply AND demand.

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  16. Steven at |

    Whoever wrote this article didn’t do enough research. Computer science is a guaranteed job.

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  17. tony at |

    why is there an asain guy for computer science

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      Why not? Can’t Asians be good at math too?

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  18. Youthful Investor at |

    I’m glad restaurant manager made it on there because this degree is often so much cheaper and quicker to achieve (usually a two year program) than the others listed. Arts majors make fun of these restauranteurs all the time but, fail to realize the food service and hospitality industry has always existed and continue to do so. When everyone is laying off researchers, lobbyists, writers and educators, the rest of the world is opening new restaurants, resorts and destinations.

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    1. FMH at |

      I would point out two things: When the professions you mentioned are laid off, it is not very likely that the economic situation at that moment is fit to open new resorts and restaurants. Isn’t gastronomy a field that is extremely vulnerable to economic downs?
      Second: The question still remains: Do you need a degree for managing a restaurant? Does it help? Is it better than years of experience in that field or is it something that you have to have even if you have the experience (and is therefore just an useless, but mandatory line on your resumee)?

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      1. Ask College Degree at |

        Earlier, there were no official degree requirements to become a restaurant manager, and most restaurant managers received their skills and expertise through work experience as a restaurant employee. Nowadays, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics a college degree is a compulsory qualification for many restaurant manager positions.

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