5 Most Overrated Degrees

By on July 17, 2013
Overrated degrees

2. Studio Art

We all know that a major in studio art is unlikely to leave you with many job prospects. In 2012, the unemployment rate for recent grads with fine arts degrees was 12.6%. Your average yearly earnings as a recent graduate (if you get a job) will be $30,000, and even as an experienced graduate you will likely make around $45,000 per year.

Still, burgeoning artists at college campuses across the country continue to major in art. Here’s why this major is overrated even if you love it and don’t care about unemployment: you will spend your college days getting critiqued on your personal artwork by your peers, who may or may not be good artists themselves. Sound fun?

3. Education

Education isn’t a particularly highly-rated field of study. The U.S. has faced a teaching shortage in recent years. This is likely because teaching is one of the most overrated jobs you could choose. You may have a passion for the field you want to teach or for helping students learn and succeed.

You might be enticed by a work day that ends early and school vacations forever. However, teaching is underpaid and stressful. Your median salary will be $54,330 per year, and you will often spend late nights grading and planning lessons.

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  • Joey Tranchina

    I have a couple of those degrees which didn’t matter very much in my career, but the education I acquired certainly did.

    Equating education only to money is the reason America’s democracy is failing.

  • Hugh Vincelette

    If you want to guarantee an income for the duration of your working life; go to medical school , get an MD, & later do a minor in Mortuary Science. Or Not.

    • Leo

      Getting med school is probably is one of the toughest (need high marks, high MCAT score, good references etc.), then be prepared to work like a dog for 7 to 15 years depending how far you want to go and what specialty. The cost will be least 300k and during your specializing years you will be partially paid but not enough to live on. During the last few years you could be married and have a family.
      Salaries for specialities: 350- 700k per year.
      Good luck.

  • ajs-nz

    There is a difference, a BIG difference, between education and ‘training’. There are several inferences, within the article, to jobs having ‘long’ hours and working late. Are we really basing our life-choices on how little we can get away with doing for how great a pay? Is this really what we have become as a society? Life is not something that ‘happens’ before and after work, or during the lunchbreak. ‘Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life’ – perhaps an old and trite saying, but it is so true.

  • Ms. Know it all

    I heard the same misplaced (and limited in perception) advice about psychology before university. People should study what interests them… and figure out a way to use that degree to help them make money and live the life they want. Psychology can be used in a whole host of business professions, mediation, and just personal dealings with people in one’s life. . . This is an overrated article.