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Which college majors are growing in popularity?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Even after the college search is complete and you have decided on a school, there are still a number of academic decisions to be made. Chief among them is choosing a college major. While a number of factors go into this decision, often one of the main considerations is the availability of jobs in a particular field. Consequently, it's important to know what majors are among the most popular — and the most marketable — for college students.

Business majors remain popular
According to data released by the National Center for Educational Statistics and compiled by NPR, business majors have seen steady growth since the 1970s. While always a popular choice, the number of business majors continues to grow. Today, about 1 in 5 college graduates has a degree in this field, according to NPR.

Of course, students have good reason to gravitate to business. NBC News reported that 39 percent of companies find business majors to be the most desirable job candidates. That type of marketability could make it easier for recent graduates to find jobs after college, as well as internships or mentoring programs while they are still in school. 

More health, less education 
One of the biggest changes over the past four decades is the decrease in the number of education majors. NPR reported that these students made up as much as 21 percent of all graduates in 1970, but in 2011, the figure stood at just 6 percent. This doesn't necessarily indicate that there will be a teacher shortage on the horizon. In reality, it simply means that many graduates who go on to become an educator focus their studies on other areas before earning teaching credentials. 

At the same time, there has been a growing interest in health professions. As the health care sector sees a greater demand for nurses, doctors and other types of practitioners, more students are earning relevant degrees. The source stated that approximately 1 in 10 college graduates leaves school with a degree in a health-related fields, including nursing, physical therapy and premed. 

Slow growth for computer science
Despite the exploding fields of computer engineering, software and information technology, students are slow to gravitate toward college majors such as computer science. According to IT World, the popularity of computer science degrees is relatively low, and after peaking in 2002 it has sunk to levels similar to the early 1980s. That is surprising considering all of the demand for tech-savvy professionals, and it could mean there are many opportunities for graduates educated in this field. - helping you find colleges and universities that offer the accredited programs that most interest you.

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Pace University
Known for its exceptional academic experience and preparing students for careers, 1,200 students yearly participate in the University internship program, the largest in the NY metro area.

Mount Aloysius College
Our liberal arts core curriculum provides the necessary basis for leadership and the knowledge and skills for success in a wide range of professions.

Roger Williams University
Come for the 40+ majors, 20 varsity athletics teams and 60+ clubs and orgs, stay for the top-rated food and waterfront views.

Lesley University
Offering degrees that prepare students to become leaders in education, human services, the arts and environmental studies.

Niagara University
Niagara University emphasizes ethics, lifelong learning, and service to others to prepares for lives and careers that are both successful and fulfilling.

Polytechnic Institute of NYU
Polytechnic Institute of NYU is New York metropolitan's major educational resource in science and technology education and research.

University of Phoenix
U of P Online, a true innovator in distance education, allows students to earn their degrees and advance their careers - all online.

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