Reader story: decade of depression and slavery, part-5.
Moving on. Let’s do some reading now – this is what good suckers, I mean, scholars must do for their thesis, anyways. Liberal arts degrees are a good investment, Published in March, 2016
History majors, take heart. All that talk about liberal arts graduates being destined for a lifetime of reduced earnings and limited job prospects is just that – a lot of talk. New research shows that a liberal arts degree is a great economic investment. A study by the Education Policy Research Initiative (EPRI) using the tax records of University of Ottawa graduates, found that social sciences and humanities graduates enjoy steady increases in earnings, starting at an average of $40,000 right after graduation and up to $80,000 only 13 years later — similar to the average earnings of math and science grads.
So educators say that education is good? Research shows that research is Good. I would actually wonder if they ever said the opposite. They are educators and would lose their cushy jobs if they ever admitted the truth. Here is the contrary opinion. 10 Bachelor’s Degrees to Avoid in 2015
Using employment projections and wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and United States Department of Labor, we’ve compiled this list of college majors you should seriously consider avoiding in 2015:
According to the BLS, their median annual wages for 2013 were as follows: proofreaders and copymarkers ($33,130), reporters and correspondents ($35,600), and editors ($54,150).
So, what do you do with a bachelor’s degree in psychology? The following careers and their corresponding annual median wages will give you an idea: Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselor ($38,620) and psychiatric technician ($29,880).
3. Theatre Arts
The median hourly wage for actors was $22.15 in 2013, according to the BLS, and an annual median wage isn’t even available.
4. Fashion Design
Projections Central predicts that employment for fashion designers will decrease 3% in the decade leading up to 2022. Of course, pay isn’t bad for fashion designers who are lucky enough to make it: Median wages for 2013 were $63,760. But it won’t matter if you don’t land a job to begin with.
Wages for sociology graduates aren’t all that exciting either. The BLS reports that the median annual wage for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists was $48,440 in 2013, while correctional officers and jailers earned just $39,550.
6. Liberal Arts
A liberal arts degree is the laughing stock of college degree programs for a reason: it’s not specialized enough to prepare you for a specific career. A 2014 BLS report even listed liberal arts majors as a group that “fared poorly” when it came to overall unemployment. What this goes to prove is that a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts might make you a well-rounded person, but it won’t necessarily help you get a decent job.
7. Microelectronic Engineering
And while median annual wages for material engineers came in at more than $80,000 in 2013, semiconductor processors only earned a median annual wage of $33,950. Studying technology is usually a great way to go, but microelectronic engineering might just be too specialized to pay off.
8. Fine Arts
BLS numbers also show dismal wages for these workers. Photographers, for example, only earned an annual median wage of$29,280 in 2013. Fine artists, $42,610.
9. Criminal Justice
Earning a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice might make sense in certain situations — but using it to launch your career as a police officer or detective isn’t one of them.
10. Hospitality and Tourism
Employment in these fields is expected to increase by as much as 13% from 2012 to 2022, but the median annual wage was only$20,400. Meanwhile, jobs for lodging managers are only supposed to rise 1.4% during the decade, and the median annual wage for this profession is a mere $46,830.
It seems that someone must be shamelessly lying here! Either the Bureau of Labor Statistics and United States Department of Labor are providing completely wrong numbers. Or somehow entire fucking economy in the USA is so different from Canadian that Liberal Arts majors in Canada earning 40,000 to 80,000 per annum, whereas in the USA they are living in their mom&dad’s basement’s so even the Bureau of Labor Statistics is not able to provide reliable information on their median income. Someone must be wrong, someone must be seriously wrong!
Now please consider reading a last bit of good writing by an honest gentleman who tries to defraud at least some of students. WHY LIBERAL ARTS DEGREES ARE WORTHLESS?By Steven Waechter.
Today more than ever, it is critical for a serious-minded young person to avoid the pitfalls of picking a worthless major in college. Huge numbers of college grads have discovered that their degrees were next to worthless, and went on to get the exact same low-paying service jobs that their parents threatened them with when they screwed around in high school.
I absolutely love to complain about worthless degrees. I have one. Actually, I have two. I also like to complain about things on the internet, and we’re on winter production hours at work, so I have free time…….
My worthless degrees did nothing but remove me from the world of real work; to widen the chasm between myself and the actual jobs which existed in the real economy. In short, I didn’t have the sort of skills that people were willing to pay for, and had to restart at temp jobs that I could have gotten straight out of high school.
In his book “Up From Slavery,” Booker T. Washington recounted a story of young former slave women in Washington, D.C. who were sent to upscale schools by philanthropic societies. These young women had worked alongside their mothers in things like laundry, housekeeping, and cooking, but when their education was finished they had been weaned off of their mothers’ trades and had learned no employable skills to replace them. Many came to “unfortunate ends,” which was the approved Victorian euphemism for prostitution.
That is the problem of a “liberal” education. The point of education is – or at least should be – to make the world whole and comprehensible for the learner through instruction, and to prepare the young for adulthood. Having a job is part of being an adult in the real world, and education which does nothing to provide for this is hardly education at all.
What makes a degree worthless?
Baby boomers and hippies might deny the existence of “worthless” college degrees; because their English degree paid off back in the 1970’s, or because you should “follow your heart, for you won’t be good at what you don’t love!”
In the 1960’s about 10-15 percent of the workforce had college degrees. Today, that number hovers at around 40 percent, and in the United States we have had a decade of virtually no economic growth. That entry-level job that allowed the English major to enter the white-collar workforce in 1970 doesn’t exist anymore.
A college degree is worthless if nobody is willing to pay you for the skills you acquired while earning it. STEM graduates, as well as those from Accounting programs, learned actual skills in their studies. Humanities majors learned only “soft skills” like writing, and “critical thinking.” All useless majors teach the same “soft skills.” Many of the useful majors also teach them, so why not choose a useful major?
Almost all kids who are chasing their dumb dreams in college would be better served by majoring in Accounting or IT while working part-time in whatever field they’re planning on pursuing. They’ll have both useful skills and work experience.
What does a useless major look like?
1. It is all soft skills.
If the department only discusses the great instruction in cognitive ability, critical thinking skills, writing, and analysis and is without reference to any hard skills like running a computer, keeping the books, or designing a satellite; it is probably a worthless major.
(Remember the statement from “The University Affairs”??? Canadians holding PhDs have expertise in a particular field and are skilled communicators, problem solvers, critical thinkers and lifelong learners who are highly motivated, comfortable with uncertainty and ambiguity and are increasingly globally connected.)
2. It prepares you for graduate studies.
I was a Political Science major. It is a terrible major. It prepares you for law school, which is a graduate program that churns out about 3 graduates per available job in that field. That is all Poli-sci does. The ultimate soft skill is preparation for more school.
3. It contains absolutely no math
Mathematics is the language of the universe. Deal with it. Any major that has no arithmetic at all is likely to be a massive waste of time. It doesn’t have to be calculus, but if you hardly ever add, subtract, divide, or multiply, your major is worthless.
4. The Bureau of Labor Statistics data on the field are terrible.
If there are no jobs in the field, or the starting salaries are lower than the median salaries of jobs that don’t require a college degree, your major is a waste of time.
5. The course matter are conspiracy theories.
Things like Gender Studies, Post-colonialism Studies, Sociology, and the like are dripping with post-modernist, Marxist Critical Theory nonsense… Perpetrators, Victims, Patriarchy, Oppression everywhere, taught in an “intersectional framework.”
Some colleges (Macalester, Occidental) actually have a major in Critical Theory. The big, bad Patriarchal, colonialist, imperialist, capitalist, white male power structure is oppressing Humanities students. These are the collegiate equivalent of conspiracy theorists on AM radio who’ve “seen behind the veil of society and know the truth of the all-powerful Illuminati”…. Down the rabbit hole you’ll go. Graduates of these sorts of programs will be oppressed by serious underemployment as they try to build careers as professional left-wing political agitators.
Colleges Are Humiliating Themselves
6. You’re planning to teach it to other college students.
Majoring in Anthropology, to go to grad school for Anthropology, so you can become a Teaching Assistant in the Anthropology department, teaching Anthropology to Anthropology majors… as Sterling Archer put it, “thus continuing the circle of Why Bother?!” Ignoring this could be condemning yourself to a long sentence as a transient adjunct professor, since colleges churn out too many PhD’s.
7. It’s all for helping people, but it doesn’t.
Sociology majors like to pretend that they’re going to have a career in the non-profit sector where they will help people; usually by nagging people. Somehow, that‘s helpful. They end up working as part-time HR Generalists who reject job applicants for “not being a good fit.” People with Nursing degrees help people by being nurses. Kindergarten teachers, and pharmacy techs also help people… by helping people.
Supply and demand
Courses of study that are attached to an actual career track can become worthless if the number of graduates greatly exceeds the available number of jobs. The graduate program of Law is an example. TaxProf Blog: Looking at the Law School Crisis.
Law in the United States has become something of an All-Purpose Liberal Arts graduate degree. The course material is entirely “soft skills,” being focused on things like legal reasoning, critical thinking skills, and argumentation in the framework of the Socratic Method. With the possible exception of learning how to write a court brief, a law degree doesn’t teach “hard skills.”
Those soft skills are necessary to successfully practice law. The problems happen when law schools blast out far too many graduates for the job market. Left out of the legal field, those graduates are forced to navigate a job market with what is essentially a Liberal Arts degree.
The sliding scale of worth
Electrical engineering is a good major. Mining engineering is as well. An AA in Computer Networking would also be a pretty good choice. Geology is probably a better major than Geography, which would be valuable on Jeopardy but not necessarily in the job market.
Accounting is probably a better choice than Finance, which is probably better than Economics, which is definitely better than Political Science, which is absolutely better than Gender Studies.
College is too expensive, and too time-consuming, to be entered with a whimsical disregard for the student’s future in the real world. That is the hard truth of life, and hiding away in the collegiate land of Humanities make-believe will only make the eventual crash much more devastating.
Let me say this: academia is nothing more, but a decrepit, piss-ridden cesspool, full of rotten turd, and graduate students and postdocs are simply maggots, slowly crawling in the malodorous scum at the bottom of said cesspit. BTW, it seems that I have accidentally vomited just right in the middle of that cesspit. Excuse me! Buuuurp…
End of the reader’s story.