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The 13 Most Useless College Majors (As Determined By Science)

A quick breakdown for you, from Newsweek:

1. Fine Arts

8. Journalism

2. Drama and Theatre Arts

9. Anthropology and Archeology

3. Film, Video, and Photographic Arts

10. Hospitality Management

4. Commercial Art and Graphic Design

11. Music

5. Architecture

12. History

6. Philosophy and Religious Studies

13. Political Science and Government

7. English Literature and Language

I not only went to college for the #1 most useless major, but I got 2 degrees in that field. My starting salary was $68K a year as an intro-level Technical Writer. My first full-time “career” job was found 4 mo. after I graduated.

That was nearly 6 years ago. 

Since then, I’ve seen nothing but an increase in my salary, despite changing companies (so it wasn’t just a fluke the first time). But to get it, I had to move to another area where I could use the degree—leaving behind a lot of my family and all of my friends (i.e. everything that comprised my comfort zone)—and I had to do my passion (creative writing) on the side. I had to compromise with myself.

I don’t want to hear about how it can’t be done. How it’s not fair you majored in something you can’t find a related job for now. Because I’m pretty sure that’s only true where you currently live. Can’t find a job using your major? Move somewhere that offers one and quite your bitching. I have empathy for you, but not sympathy. Because I did it, I know it can be done.

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