Want a Job After College? Pick One of These Majors

Posted: Dec 05, 2011 2:28 PM

Like all Americans, the Obama economy has taken a heavy toll on recent college graduates. At least 85 percent of recent college graduates have moved back  in with mom and dad after graduation because they can't land jobs that pay enough for them to live on their own and many of them are saddled with student loan debt.

For those who are lucky enough to find work, the median salary for 2009 and 2010 grads is $27,000 compared to $30,000 for those who graduated between 2006 and 2008.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the jobless rate for younger workers with a college degree has more than doubled since the recession began four years ago -- from 3.5 percent in April of 2007 to 6.4 percent in April of this year.

For college graduates under the age of 25, finding stable work is a particular challenge. According to Andrew Sum, an economist at Northeastern University, about half, or 3.2 million, are "underutilized"  -- meaning they're unemployed, working part-time, or working a job outside of the college labor market, such as bartending or waiting tables.

But despite the economic down turn, majoring in a field that isn't hiring is also a really good way to find yourself in the unemployment line after college. Here are ten majors with low to no unemployment rates after college.

1. Actuarial Science—0 percent

2. Astronomy and Astrophysics—0 percent

3. Educational Administration and Supervision—0 percent

4. Geological and Geophysical Engineering—0 percent

5. Pharmacology—0 percent

6. School Student Counseling—0 percent

7. Agricultural Economics—1.3 percent

8. Medical Technologies Technicians—1.4 percent

9.Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology—1.6 percent

10. Environmental Engineering, Nursing, and Nuclear Industrial Radiology and Biological Technologies—2.2 percent