50 best college majors for the future and we’re going to be ranking them from s tier which is the best all the way down to f tier which is the worst if you’re someone who’s trying to choose the perfect college degree for you.
Or you just want to get the most out of college with the least amount of time effort and money or you’re looking to get your first entry-level job right after graduating college.
Let’s go ahead and start off with accounting this one is really good extremely flexible there’s literally millions of different accounting jobs out there so if you get into it and let’s say you want to do tax for instance you decide you hate tax. there’s so many different careers that you can pivot to accounting is asked here.
Actuarial science this one is very math heavy a really good one i’d say the only problem with it is you can probably become an actuary just by getting a mathematics degree and then taking a few extra classes but overall when you look at the statistics it’s really good i’m gonna go ahead and put that one in eight here.
Agriculture big issue with this one is it’s one of those skills that you can’t really learn in the classroom in my opinion you know how the heck are you gonna learn how to be a farmer from in the classroom that’s just that doesn’t make any sense this one goes into d tier.
Animal science a very similar issue as the one before very very bad statistics if you look at the nbers on this one it’s going to go into f tier .
Anthropology one of those subjects that is extremely interesting to a lot of people you know i think anthropology is great unfortunately very difficult to get a job in anthropology especially with a bachelor’s degree to even have a chance you pretty much have to get like a doctorate nbers are really horrible with this one this one would fall under the category of one where if you are really passionate about anthropology figure out a different way of making money from it you know do some kind of side hustle this one goes into f tier.
Architecture another one very interesting also very difficult surprisingly difficult you know when i was doing research on how hard they are and you also surprisingly don’t get very much out of it for how difficult it is now architecture students actually study more hours than any other type of student in college even physics or engineering so this is one that in my opinion you could make it work but it’s going to be very difficult i’m going to go ahead and put it into c tier.
Next one on the list is biochemistry and i think this is one of the better biological science degrees a lot of the biological science degrees aren’t that great in my opinion they’re very overrated compared to the other stem degrees but this one i’m going to actually put into b tier.
Biology is next and even though it sounds very similar to biochemistry this one is actually not nearly as good when it comes to the statistics and your ability to get a job with just a bachelor’s so this one is going to go into c tier.
Next one on the list is going to be business administration and business administration is a business degree so there are a lot of positives there because business degrees in general are pretty good however i’d say it’s one of the less good business degrees still if you look at the statistics it’s okay i’m going to go ahead and put it in low b tier.
Next on the list is going to be chemistry this is a physical science and better than biology not as good as biochemistry i’m going to go ahead and put this one in low b tier.
Communications degree is next and this is one of those degrees where it falls into the category of a very valuable skill it’s just learning it in school isn’t going to help you all that much and it tends to be just too general like you know everybody communicates just like everybody breathes when business owners hiring managers recruiters are looking for people who can actually help companies they want you to have specialized skills not just general skills so communications is going to go into c tier.
Next one on the list is computer science ester this needs no explanation.
Next one on the list is criminal justice and this is one of those degrees where you know a lot of people think they’re going to get a criminal justice degree and then go into some sort of law enforcement either becoming a police officer or a detective like someone that you’d see on csi however what most people don’t realize is you don’t actually need a criminal justice degree in order to get a job in law enforcement however it might help you in some rare occasions in certain states or certain districts and with certain careers so for that reason the statistics are not great on this one but i’m going to go ahead and put it into d tier.
Criminology is basically just a worse version of criminal justice the statistics are even worse with that one so i’m going to put that one in f here.
Economics is next on the list it fits in very similarly to the business degrees however it’s a little bit harder for you to get your first job right after college and it’s not quite as flexible a lot of the time with economics degrees the career progression that you see is you know it’s very difficult the beginning but once you have some years of experience under your belt you can actually make a lot of money it’s also relatively flexible teaches you a lot of skills that are valuable in life and it might help you to become an entrepreneur later on so this one is going to go into a tier.
Next on the list is education and unfortunately teachers don’t get paid all that well the one positive to education is if you do get an education degree you are very likely going to get a job pretty much no matter what education degrees have some of the lowest unemployment percentages but a lot of the other stuff involved like job satisfaction and everything else like that like how well you can progress up the career and a lot of other metrics that are important when it comes to evaluating these college degrees are bad so education is going to go into c tier.
Engineering is next on the list and this one has fantastic statistics across the board pretty much any type of engineering degree is going to be relatively good if i put all the engineering degrees on this list it would be like 20 different ones so you’re just going to have to read another post if you want to see me rank them individually you know engineering is extremely high paying pretty flexible has decent job satisfaction there’s just a lot of positives to engineering i’d say one of the negatives to it is it’s extremely difficult right it’s going to be some of the most challenging years of your life a lot of people don’t end up finishing in four years sometimes it takes them five or even six years just to get a bachelor’s so that is something you want to keep in mind but overall engineering is s tier.
Next on the list is going to be english and this is one where i think it does teach you some valuable things because it’s almost like communication where you are going to learn some good soft skills right formulating an argent writing essays kind of organizing your thoughts delivering whatever your argent is so you know english does have some positives but overall the statistics just aren’t great on this one so it is going to go into d tier.
Next on the list is exercise science and this one actually has some of the worst statistics on the entire list and i think the reason for this is because most people go into exercise science because they want to become personal trainers the only problem with that is most personal trainers don’t actually need a degree the biggest thing when it comes to personal training is motivating people to work out and then basically just knowing the basics
Now i’m not saying that’s right maybe people should know more about you know working out that would probably prevent a lot of injuries but that is the way that it is right so exercise science goes into d tier.
Next on the list is finance and i see this one pretty similar to accounting it’s less flexible than accounting is however you can if you are a very hard worker move up to higher positions right finance is one of those degrees where it’s high risk high reward and it’s very similar to a law degree for instance where you know people who are you know the top like five percent or even one percent of the people who you know do finance or law are going to make really really good money but if you’re not in the top five or one percent it’s probably not going to be as good as something that’s a little more flexible but overall for the right person finance is fantastic i’m going to put this one into s tier.
Next on the list is food science and this one kind of interesting the statistics here are decent they’re not horrible by any means i mean there are a lot of jobs out there it could work for coca-cola for instance or any nber of other food companies it’s just also not amazing so i’m going to go ahead and put this one into c tier.
Next on the list is going to be forestry and this one when it comes to the statistics again not amazing it’s going to go into deter.
General Business Degree
Next on the list is a general business degree and although it’s probably one of the worst business degrees when you look at the statistics it’s still okay and the fact that most of the business degrees are just good in general they’re extremely flexible makes this one pretty decent it’s going to go into low b tier.
Next on the list is going to be general studies and i’m sorry but this one is just an absolute joke right like you go to college to learn specific skills to get educated in specific areas general studies is just like sampling everything if you want to sample everything use google i mean there’s so much free content out there on the internet you could almost argue that even the specialized content right now is better free on google or for a very low price than it is in college so there’s absolutely no need whatsoever for you to pay money to learn just general content like this that you can just find anywhere on the internet this is like wikipedia studies or something it’s just ridiculous this one goes into f tier.
Geology this is a science degree scores relatively well when it comes to the statistics a lot of the time people get geology degrees and they go into the natural gas industry and that can you know fluctuate somewhat we’ve seen you know with the pandemic and everything the natural gas industry got absolutely rocked so that is something you want to look at right now it’s probably not that great but hopefully past the pandemic geologists will be able to find more jobs and so this one’s going to go into b tier.
Next on the list is going to be history one of my favorite subjects now one thing i will say about history is when you look at the statistics it’s not horrible i think that a lot of smart ambitious people tend to take history and philosophy and that’s probably why they end up doing better later on in life and it probably doesn’t have too much to do with the history course itself but you could make an argent that i’m wrong there totally open to that but overall this one goes into sea tier.
Next on the list is going to be human resources and this is one of the business degrees that again isn’t amazing however business degrees in general are pretty good overall so this one is going to go into low b tier.
Information Technology Management
Next on the list is information technology management and there’s like five different degrees that are very similar names there and they all score relatively well when you look at the statistics i’d say the one downside to some of these technology related degrees is sometimes there are alternative routes in order to get your degree right so sometimes you can just do a certification or something along those lines in order to get your you know foot in the door and so you really want to do your research because in some cases a degree isn’t necessary but overall when you look at the statistics this one goes into ester.
Next one on the list is going to be interdisciplinary studies and another one that’s pretty similar to like general studies imean what do i even need to say anything about this f tier if you are gonna spend eighty thousand dollars on a college degree go forty thousand dollars in debt on average you need to make sure that you learn specific skills that are employable.
Next one on the list is going to be international business and this is one that kind of surprised me it did really well when it comes to the statistics i would say this one is pretty much like high b tier actually i’m gonna put this one into a tier it’s pretty good a very similar sounding one is international relations and this one doesn’t score as well not even close right so this one actually goes into d tier that’s why it’s really important for you to do your research don’t go into something just because it sounds good.
Next on the list is going to be journalism and this is one where you do learn skills that are valuable there’s a lot of journalists out there however it is pretty saturated a lot of people want this job it is an attractive job to get into the news business and so for that reason it’s gonna go into low c tier.
Next one is a liberal arts major yes that is a major it’s just it’s not just a type of degree and it’s basically a general studies degree of liberal arts so i think you probably know where i’m going to put this f tier.
Management Information Systems
Next one is management information systems this is a great combination of technology skills and business skills i think this one is going to be even better in the future i’m very bullish on on this degree i think it’s a great degree and so this one is definitely going to go into s tier.
Next on the list is going to be marketing this is a business degree traditionally probably one of the better degrees out there i do think that lately it has gotten a little bit saturated but with that being said marketing is going to squeak into a tier.
Next on the list is mathematics degree and this is one where it’s extremely difficult one of the hardest degrees out there however it doesn’t have as much upside as an engineering degree for instance but it can still be a really solid option if you’re someone who’s really passionate about math you might want to supplement it with some other skills that are a little more easily you know integrated into the real world something that a hiring manager business owner would want you to have but overall mathematics is going to go into a tier.
Neuroscience is next on the list this is one that has relatively decent stats again it’s one of those science degrees that is probably pretty disappointing compared to where you think it would land this one actually goes into sea tier.
Next one is philosophy and this is one of those degrees i said it a few minutes ago basically it has relatively decent stats but i think it has a little bit more to do with correlation than causation but i could be wrong about that this one goes into c tier i think one of the reasons that it has such a good
Statistics for instance is a lot of philosophy majors and history majors end up becoming lawyers and of course if they get a master’s you know or doctorate level degree in the case of lawyer they’re going to get paid more.
Next on the list is going to be a physics degree very closely related to mathematics i would say this is actually the hardest degree on the list and it still doesn’t have the upside of an engineering degree you know you pretty much have to be a genius to do a physics degree but with that being said if you can do it more power to you this one is pretty decent it’s going to go into a tier.
Next on the list is going to be political science this is one where i do think it has some upside it’s kind of a dark horse candidate kind of like finance where some of the you know top one percent or top five percent people who graduate with this degree might actually get in positions that are really good but i just don’t think it has the same upside as a finance degree for instance so for that reason i’m gonna go ahead and put political science into sea tier i’d say strong c tier almost b tier.
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Next is going to be psychology and this is a degree that’s just extremely saturated i believe this is the most popular degree like the most amount of people graduate with this degree out of all the different majors out there very very saturated extremely hard for you to get a job at a bachelor’s level also very interesting i understand why so many people like it but with that being said when it comes to the statistics this one is going to go into d tier i would say pretty strong d tier and if you know what you’re getting yourself into you know that you’re going to get a doctorate you know i’d say i’d move it up to like maybe a c or a b tier but a lot of people do not know what they’re getting themselves into and in my opinion it’s one of the most overrated degrees.
Recreation And Leisure Studies
Next on the list is going to be recreation and leisure studies the statistics here are awful as you can imagine i mean unless you can work for some type of you know parks and rec type crew then you’re probably not going to be able to get a job doing recreation and leisure studies so this one goes into f tier.
Sales Business Marketing
Sales business marketing is a business degree a little bit less well-known than marketing but still has pretty good statistics and so for that reason this one is going to just barely squeak into a tier.
Next one on the list is going to be sociology this is a social science degree again very interesting stuff but when it comes to the statistics it’s just not that great i’m gonna go ahead and put this one into d tier speaking of statistics statistics this is a really great degree actually out of statistics physics and mathematics i almost want to put this one into s here because the the stats are pretty good for this i think i’m going to just barely squeak this one into s here i could change my mind tomorrow on this one because it is honestly pretty close but i i think i’m going to put statistics into s tier but like very low ester it’s just very practical and useful in the real world whereas mathematics and physics can sometimes be not as practical and more theoretical.
Supply Chain Management
Next on the list is going to be supply chain management this is a business degree of course and i’m going to give this one strong a tier.
Status almost ester and then the last one is going to be theology slash religious studies and this is one i’ve talked about before you know most preachers out there don’t have theology or religious studies degrees you know they just study it on their own and they go to church growing up and then they become preachers naturally right so you definitely don’t need to get one of these degrees i think it’s hilarious i did an entire post on this and i was doing research and all of those television preachers that make like 10 million dollars a year pretty much none of them have religious studies or theology degrees.
However almost all of them have their own schools which they charge you know good tuition money for teaching people religious study and theology so i mean i’m just going to leave it at that i do think that if you get this degree.
If you were already going to be a preacher it you know it’s gonna set you back a little bit but you know not horrible you can definitely make good money as a preacher as you see with the the ones who make like 10 million dollars a year i just think that you could very easily do the same thing without this degree you truly do not need it and so for that reason it is going to go into f tier.