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Risk of unemploment varies by college major, study shows

January 04, 2012

A recent report by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce analyzes employment outcomes by college majors for recent college graduates, experienced college graduates, and graduate degrees.

The analysis, which was based on 2009 and 2010 data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, finds that college is the best alternative for young people, but what you study has serious implications for your employment prospects. Among recent college graduates, those with the highest rates of unemployment had undergraduate degrees in architecture (13.9 percent), the arts (11.1 percent), and the humanities (9.4 percent).


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