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In an increasingly competitive job market, you surely want your teen to attend college in order for him or her to gain that competitive edge. However, many recent college grads are facing a harsh reality after graduation. Studies show that around 25 percent of college grads head back home to their parents after graduation due to lack of work. This statistic is believed to arise from the idea that these students are not acquiring the skills desired by employers through their college educations.
Which College Majors carry the most Potential?
Although it is difficult to determine every type of college major, about 70 percent of college grads major in one of about ten different fields. Currently, the most popular major for students is business as over 20 percent of college grads carry business degrees. Luckily, over 60 percent of companies attest to searching for business grads. This high demand helps to balance out the high supply of business grads and makes the major a solid choice for students.
Although business initially sounds like the goldmine of college majors, it is not necessarily the best major. Instead, surveys show that engineering is the best major for jobs. There is currently a very high demand for engineers, but only about 5 percent of college grads have degrees in engineering. Studies show that there would probably still be a reasonable demand for engineers by employers even if the total number of available trained engineers doubled or tripled.
Another field that continues to grow is the computer science field. Computer programmers continue to be in high demand as the world becomes more reliant on computers every day. However, the overall challenge of computer science causes only about 3 percent of college grads to carry majors in the field. Other fields that fetch favorable demand from employers are medicine, biology, mathematics and physical sciences.
Which Majors are losing Attention?
Some college majors that are fairly popular among students but in low demand by employers are history, sociology, education and visual arts. While these fields all help students expand their minds, they do not necessarily teach the practical skills many employers seek. An exception is education, which provides practical skills but is in low demand due to government budget cuts in education.
How can you help your Teen?
If your teen shows passion for a field that is in low demand, do not panic. You should admire your teen for showing evident interest in any academic field. However, encourage your teen to make the most out of those four years of college while still enjoying it. Some students these days are going for certain minors or double majors to fulfill their academic interests while meeting the demands of employers. For example, your teen could major in business and minor in sociology rather simply majoring in sociology. An even bolder example would be your teen double majoring in business and sociology.
Keep in mind that while demand is low for some fields, it is not necessarily nonexistent. Therefore, going for a minor or part of a double major in a liberal arts field could still help land that dream job opportunity some day. Always remember that life can be unpredictable, and your teen can never be too prepared for a rapidly changing economy. If your teen's passion lies in the liberal arts, help him or her research double major or major/minor combinations that provide education in the liberal arts while providing practical job skills. With the right preparation, your teen can graduate from college with both an extensive skill set and an expanded mind with which to impress employers.