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  •  The problem with that analysis (0+ / 0-)

    is that the percentage of college students pursuing those "non-marketable" degrees has been dropping steadily for at least a decade. Business is now by far the most popular major, with various pre-professional majors running a close second. IIRC, only 20% or so are pursuing stereotypical liberal arts/social science degrees.

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    by ebohlman on Mon May 27, 2013 at 05:07:27 PM PDT

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    •  Those would be interesting numbers (1+ / 0-)
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      and would have to play into things, I think.  

      As I posted below, the overall number of adults with a college degree is at a all time high.  It would be interesting to see what number of people have various degrees, what the unemployment rate is for each major (and also, at what age, so we know if it's recent graduates not being hired or older workers being laid off) and whether the unemployment rates are driven in part by certain types of degrees, and if so, how much.  

      All of this means that a number that shows all college graduates lumped together really doesn't tell us much.  

    •  "Business" is marketable? (2+ / 0-)
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      by Sparhawk on Mon May 27, 2013 at 08:01:33 PM PDT

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    •  "Business" is not very marketable. (1+ / 0-)
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      Marketable means that you can list skills on a resume that are scarce and valuable (usually because they are really hard to acquire.)

      A business major is certainly a career-oriented major, but not marketable like accounting or computer programming.

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      by Caj on Mon May 27, 2013 at 09:46:28 PM PDT

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