High Level Majors: Are New Graduates Guaranteed a Job in Today’s Economy?


Joyce Winston, a recent graduate of the University of Florida, received a degree in Civil engineering in November. She immediately prepared an outstanding resume and begin hunting for the job of her dreams.  However, after sixteen months of searching on the internet and applying for various positions, she hasn’t found a comparable job within her field.

Unfortunately, the situation has become the norm. Graduating in a promising field doesn’t mean that a college grad is guaranteed a job. Finding a job takes time and patience. A new graduate must treat job hunting as a job itself.

Experts agree that the competition in many fields is extremely overwhelming. Students in competitive majors such as accounting (CPA), programming, and engineering must strive to be the best in their field to outshine their competitors.

According to the Economic Value of College Major, a study performed by George Town Center on Education, the top high-level majors include:

  • Petroleum engineering $136,00
  • Mechanical engineering $136, 00
  • Chemical engineering $96,000
  • Geological engineering $87,000
  • Metallurgical engineering $98,000
  • Computer engineering $87,000
  • Electrical engineering $68,000
  • Finance $54,900
  • Nursing $58,928
  • Information Technology $64,000

Dedication to being the best will take total surrender to a field of study. In today’s economy, only those who are exceptional in their major will have the best chance of getting employed right away. These will also have to keep current with ever the changing theories and applications in their fields.

The future of job searching in high-level fields will not get any easier as students continue to receive degrees in high-level fields.  Many students must accept jobs in other fields until they find one in their own majors.

Partnering with job agencies and various others groups within their profession will open many doors of opportunity for new grads.  Word of mouth is a game changer in job searching, especially if you know a person who already works in the field in which desire to work.

Other students will most likely choose to stay in a major other than the one in which they received a degree. This is ok if the individual is excited about the job.  There is no law that demands that a new grad takes a job position in his or her field.

The Joyce Winston situation will continue to happen. As more graduates come out of college, their field of study will continue to tighten.

Persistence in searching and applying for her dream job will eventually land Joyce Winston the job she wanted all along.



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