More students are filling out college applications than ever before. But what are they studying? When you're trying to figure out which colleges to apply to and what programs to enroll in, the choice can be a little intimidating. Although you should choose a major that interests you, in today's challenging economy, picking a major that will lead to a job after graduation is also something to consider. What are the most popular majors right now, and what are their prospects for jobs?
According to the Princeton Review, the most popular major right now is business administration. Many students are choosing this major because of its diversity. A solid understanding of business and management principles can be applied to a range of different industries, making graduates of business degree programs a versatile candidate on the job market. As well as providing students with a knowledge of business and management, students enrolled in these programs are often good communicators, problem solvers and decision makers.
Psychology is another popular major. Psychologists help people understand their problems by analyzing what's going on in their lives and how these obstacles affect mood, attitude and overall outlook. For students considering filling out a college application for a psychology degree, there are plenty of options available, including many online courses – but beware, the popularity of psychology as a major could mean increased competition for jobs after graduation.
Students who want to enter a field with a shortage of workers may want to consider nursing. Many countries, including the U.S., Canada and Australia, are experiencing a lack of skilled nursing professionals right now, so a degree in nursing could be a good bet in terms of postgraduate employment. As well as being a field with good employment prospects, nursing can be a rewarding career path, as nurses get to help people every day.
Biology and biological science are also two popular majors right now. Biologists study the microscopic qualities of everything from plants to human cells, and are an important part of many industries, including medicine, product development and scientific research. Many schools are highlighting their science degree programs to encourage students to fill out college applications, in line with President Barack Obama's goals of improving science, technology, engineering and math – or STEM – education in the U.S.
"Today’s best advice, then, is that high school students who can go on to college should do so – with one [condition]," reads a recent report by researchers at the Georgetown Center for Education and the Workforce. "[Students] should do their homework before picking a major because, when it comes to employment prospects and compensation, not all college degrees are created equal."
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