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5 Most 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?
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.