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Post-Degree Job Prospects Bleak? Who’s fault: the Kids or the Colleges?

He may have phrased it inartfully but Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is on to something when he talks about how college isn’t the panacea that the media is always touting it as. While college can be useful for getting a job in fields which require professional certification, in many cases, students are being sold a bill of goods by universities who care more about making money than helping people get a decent-paying job. That’s particularly true for certain majors and graduate degree programs.

In 2008-09, America’s college and universities graduated 78,009 people with journalism degrees. For those graduates who could find a job in that field, they could expect a median starting salary of $35,800.

But most won’t find a job in journalism — the number of journalism jobs is projected to shrink by more than 6 percent from 2008 to 2018, a decline of 4,400 available job positions. That data lead The Daily Beast to put journalism at the top the list of the 20 Most Useless College Degrees (a list based on crunching numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Center for Education Statistics and Payscale).


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