Less Than Half of Grads Have Jobs Requiring a Degree
41% are overqualified for their jobs, 11% unemployed
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 5, 2013 9:00 AM CDT
At least it's a job?   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The latest man-are-young-people-screwed statistic: More than half of those who graduated from college in 2011 and 2012 haven't been able to put their education to work in the job market, according to a study released this week. Researchers found that 41% were working jobs that didn't require a degree, while another 11% were simply unemployed, CNN Money reports. Of that 11%, 7% said they hadn't had a job since graduating.

Part of the problem may be students pursuing less-than-useful disciplines; nearly half of the 1,005 respondents said they thought they'd be doing better if they'd picked a different major, and nearly two-thirds said they'd need more training to get a job in their chosen field. Many (42%) said they were planning to head to grad school, which suggests that current students are in for a rude awakening; a separate study found that only 18% of the class of 2013 is planning to pursue higher degrees.

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May 6, 2013 9:31 AM CDT
"Part of the problem may be students pursuing less-than-useful disciplines" A lesson for you liberal arts majors. Go into something that adds value to the world so people are willing to pay you for it.
May 6, 2013 9:01 AM CDT
I have two degrees in a field that almost always tops the "useless major" lists: English. Upon graduation, I had already secured a position as an adjunct professor. Adjuncting is, admittedly, a low-paying position that does not lead anywhere; nevertheless, it IS a job that requires a degree (and one that I really enjoy). I did freelance writing on the side for a few months until I was offered a full-time position creating online K-8 ELA curricula. So many people tried to discourage me from pursuing degrees in English, while others just straight up insulted me along the way. Now, I know few people who have jobs that require a degree, much less jobs in their respective fields. I've read the articles, and I've seen the statistics, but my experience simply tells a different story when it comes to all those "useless majors."
May 6, 2013 2:29 AM CDT
Who is telling all these people to go to college? Doesn't anyone go into the trades anymore?