Updated: 03/26/2015


Finding A Job Today

  • There are signs that the job market for college graduates is improving.

  • Many U.S. employers haven't been able to find qualified young people from the United States to fill vacancies in technical areas.

  • Unable to find jobs, many people are enlisting in the military. Others are starting graduate degrees. Going to law school is now considered a bad option. That profession has been especially hard hit.

  • However, even though those with masters and doctorates may earn salaries significantly above those with bachelor's degrees, graduate school is not a good financial investment if you have go deeply into debt.
  • There are numerous on-line schools that have the advantage of letting your work at home and generally being much more economical than campus schools. This link will take you to a site that lists dozens of on-line schools.

Although your school's placement office should be your "first stop" in looking for a job, we have assembled a list of job placement agencies which contain thousands of job listings. Be careful of agencies that want money "up front" or that require salary kickbacks.

In general, the four best areas for prospects of employment are:

  • nursing
  • teaching
  • accounting
  • computer science

The worst college majors for prospects of employment are:

  • anthropology
  • philosophy
  • art history
  • humanities
    " Today, 94 percent of college students borrow money to pay college tuition, twice the percentage of a decade ago. For most graduates paying back this debt without a good paying job, which few can find in the current economy, is almost impossible."

Education and Unemployment

In terms of starting salaries college graduates are doing significantly better than those who don't finish college -- and that economic difference continues to widen.

If you look at families headed Education and Employmentby someone without a college degree, their income last year in real terms was below that of a comparable family in 1973. For this segment of the population employment opportunities have been getting worse.

Some jobs are being created for non-college young people, but most are low-paying jobs that do not offer health care benefits.

There is detailed advice on getting and holding onto a job here.


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