Over 317,000 waiters and waitresses have college degrees (over 8,000 of them have doctoral or professional degrees), along with over 80,000 bartenders, and over 18,000parking lot attendants. All told, some 17,000,000 Americans with college degrees are doing jobs that the BLS says require less than the skill levels associated with a bachelor’s degree.
The relentless claims of the Obama administration and others that having more college graduates is necessary for continued economic leadership is incompatible with this view. Putting issues of student abilities aside, the growing disconnect between labor market realities and the propaganda of higher-education apologists is causing more and more people to graduate and take menial jobs or no job at all. This is even true at the doctoral and professional level—there are 5,057 janitors in the U.S. with Ph.D.’s, other doctorates, or professional degrees.
Hmm. Again. I’d say if considering what to study, put away your passions. If you love writing don’t major in English. Unless you’re ready to move to LA or NY and actively pursue your dreams, go ahead and put English as a minor and study Finance/STEM major or something where employment is reliable. Like if you’re studying Film you have to be ready to HUSTLE. If not, then…go to a job interview and with Film on your resume, doors won’t exactly fly open. Because what skills does a Film, Economics, Political Science, or Art degree bring with it? It’s about being marketable. And about the PhD’s Well the teaching market is changing. So a PhD isn’t a sure thing for a job; Obviously it’s about what you study as well.
Also it’s about grad school. A Women’s Study major may get limited play. But combined with an advanced degree it’s more marketable.
Pick degrees with caution.