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#1 DocM

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 17:46

Median salary for news reporters is just $37k**?

No wonder they spend so much time tearing everyone else down ;)

**(heard a local reporter comment the starting pay in smaller markets is about $20k)

http://www.salary.co...-on-investment/

8. Sociology
7. Fine Arts
6. Education
5. Religious Studies/Theology
4. Hospitality/Tourism
3. Nutrition
2. Psychology
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#2 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 17:49

Ah yes, the degrees kids get when they dual-major in partying.



#3 Lord Method Man

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 17:53

Ah yes, the degrees kids get when they dual-major in partying.

 

Most of these only exist to give students on athletic scholarships something to major in.



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Posted 20 November 2013 - 17:55

Actually, the Hotel Resident Manager under Hospitality/Tourism didn't fair too poorly. The median salary is above the national average and the ROI for a public school was 102%.Not going to give up my career path for that but certainly better the others on that list.



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Posted 20 November 2013 - 17:57

Honestly, I don't consider most degrees worth having these days. Sure, some careers have no alternative to a higher education, say doctors for example, but for most jobs now days the cost of college is so ridiculous, IF you get a higher paying job because you're a college graduate, you'll just spend it paying college loans. What will more likely happen is the person who has 4 years of experience will get the job over the person who spent 4 years in a classroom. Maybe that's just me because I've had plenty of success without a college education, but I think getting out and getting experience is FAR better, even if you don't make much for your first couple years, at least you're MAKING money rather than paying money.



#6 spenser.d

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 17:59

Most people don't end up in a career in their major anyways.  I majored in psychology but I'm happily working for a very large software company as a software tester.  I will say if you go into those majors expecting a job directly related to those majors that pays a lot, you'll be sorry.



#7 Mando

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 18:02

degrees show only one thing, you are able to put the effort in over time to learn new skills and to regurgitate what you had read.

 

Give me someone with 5 years workplace exp in my line of work (IT)over a graduate anytime grads usually have the theory, but are handless in practical matters.

 

not all, but most in my experience.



#8 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 18:07

A lot of schools now are requiring (or at least heavily promoting) co-ops and internships, so you'll get the real-world experience that way.

In addition to that, tech related majors require a senior design project.

 

Personally, I interned at Harley for a few years and then competed in a NASA competition, so the combination of those was enough proof that I knew what I was doing.

 

If somebody graduates without an internship or co-op, it will likely be pretty darn hard to find a job quickly.



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Posted 20 November 2013 - 18:44

Honestly, I don't consider most degrees worth having these days. Sure, some careers have no alternative to a higher education, say doctors for example, but for most jobs now days the cost of college is so ridiculous, IF you get a higher paying job because you're a college graduate, you'll just spend it paying college loans. What will more likely happen is the person who has 4 years of experience will get the job over the person who spent 4 years in a classroom. Maybe that's just me because I've had plenty of success without a college education, but I think getting out and getting experience is FAR better, even if you don't make much for your first couple years, at least you're MAKING money rather than paying money.

It all depends on who you know. I have a two year degree and just starting on my 4 year degree, and nothing else. They'll be my foothold into the field, since I have nothing else. But for some, they're lucky enough to start out working in a shop or something, and work their way up.

 

 

 

If somebody graduates without an internship or co-op, it will likely be pretty darn hard to find a job quickly.

My degree requires two *for* graduation.