Most Useless College Degree Is ...
Journalism tops the list, and advertising isn't far behind
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2011 7:06 PM CDT
Journalism degrees don't pay off these days.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Parents of high school seniors take note: The Daily Beast has compiled a list of the 20 most useless college degrees, based on salaries, number of jobs available, and general trend of crappiness. The losers:

  1. Journalism: Median starting salary is $35,800; percentage change in number of jobs from 2008 to 2018 is -6.32%.
  2. Horticulture: $35,000; -1.74%
  3. Agriculture: $42,300; -0.88%
  4. Advertising: $37,800; -1.71%
  5. Fashion design: $37,700; +0.81%
Click for the full list, which won't make English majors happy, either.

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May 3, 2011 1:52 PM CDT
What the hell, he's listed practically every college degree. Chemistry too?! And he fails to see that college isn't about job training, it's about an education and seeking knowledge. If you want vocational training then by all means go for it. The writer for this is an absolute idiot and misses the point of what a university is and tries to instill in its students. Typical journalism major. :P
May 2, 2011 9:06 PM CDT
WARNING to all readers. Comments like this destroy valuable skill sets and balanced educational curriculums. NO College degree is useless and writing such an article is incredibly short sited. Our government career outlook records have been incredibly destructive and irresponsible as well. Our educational system reads this and cuts programs. Attention parents, please raise your children to know their hearts and passion and what gives them a sense of purpose. Teach them to do what they love rather than go after a paycheck and chase something that will leave them miserable, divorced, and unhealthy. Teachers pay attention to your students and build their strengths and support their dreams, look for the common thread that feeds into many future opportunities that have not been even introduced yet. Career counselors, I am not sure that I see any type of good outcome for your position in schools, honestly. Adults who are modeling the saying work at what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life....thank you. This really is true and can indeed really become a reality. Love what you do and don't take articles such as this one by someone who must not LOVE what they do. John Johnson, I think you need a new direction in life. I wish you happiness.
May 2, 2011 12:33 PM CDT
One of the reasons the median pay in journalism is so low is because many writers do freelance work, which might only net them a few thousand bucks per year. I'm a journalism major who has never been employed by a newspaper or broadcast station (even when I was a student back in the '80s I saw the writing on the wall), yet I have found the writing, research and communications skills of my degree invaluable. The journalism profession may be dying, but skills are badly needed (and lacking) in pretty much every field. And BTW, I earn way more than the $35,000 median salary cited here.