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Buyer’s remorse is never fun, but it’s particularly painful when it comes with the time and cost of getting a college education.
To help you avoid this stinging regret, PayScale has ranked the majors college alumnirecommend least. If you have your heart set on one of these, you don’t necessarily have to change course -- just do your research on job prospects so your dreams aren’t dashed after graduation day.
According to PayScale’s data, 35 percent of anthropology majors wouldn’t recommend it to current students.
“People typically regret majoring in anthropology because they have a preconceivednotion that there is a direct and specific job title perfectly correlating to it,” says training and development consultant Farrah Parker. “Instead of recognizing the broad spectrum of careers that they can pursue, they focus on their inability to find a career with an exact reference to their major.”
Anthropology majors could consider work in community organizations or government, for example, or combine the major with others to make themselves more marketable.
This major is recommended by only 33 percent of its graduates. Many history majors go on to work in academia, or may find jobs with government agencies, libraries or organizations dedicated to the period they studied.
Parker says it’s important for graduates to keep their options open after graduation. “Peoplewith narrow definitions of career paths find themselves regrettingmajors,” she says. “However, those who recognize that the workforceis full of positions that require expertise outside of what may beformally listed in a course catalog find themselves in a perfectposition to brand their college major in whatever manner they seefit.”
3. Visual Communication
Only 29 percent of visual communication majors would recommend this to students. Majoring in visual communication may involve creating artwork, learning about ad design and public relations, and studying layout. Graduates may go on to work in media, advertising, public relations or other fields.