Change is something winners expect and rely on. People not looking to the future and planning ahead face hard times, a students are already working hard to get a good head-start in life. Problem is, the world is changing fast and a lot of what colleges are teaching today might well be obsolete within a decade. Here’s a are the most popular Bachelor degrees of today that really are BS.
8. Criminal Justice
Since crime is consistently on the rise, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice seems like a good choice, but on deeper consideration that too falls apart. Such a degree is not needed for a career in law enforcement and does not give access to the courtroom careers like a law degree might. A lucky few will go on to teach criminal in school, the rest will end up doing something completely unrelated.
7. Microelectronic Engineering
The study of designing and manufacturing of tiny electronic devices. This is the most misleading of the bunch. Technology, must be good… right? Wrong! Robots are now doing 85% of all electronic manufacturing and that number is rising rapidly. Computers are now in charge of design and are far more efficient at reducing size and power requirements. Most electronic engineers will be waiting tables with the liberal arts graduates by 2025.
6. Hospitality and Tourism
A large international hotel, cruise ship, or vacation resort can have up to 2000 active employees, but only one hotel manager. The rest get a minimum salary and drift from one job to another for most of their lives. Travel agents are being replaced by top-of-the-line online services and journalism and photography are a dying breed thanks to social media and the smartphone camera.
Sociology is the study of society. Aside from the fact that most sociology majors end up working as a poorly paid probation officer, correctional officer, or social worker, the actual study has already become obsolete. Society is changing faster than ever, and whatever is being taught in the educational system is likely already inaccurate and surely will be by graduation.
4. Fashion Design
Professional fashion designers usually have a bachelor’s degree or higher, but more than 80% do fine without it. Today’s technology has expanded now to the point where virtual design can be done by virtually anyone. Software downloads provide easy to adjust templates and accurate material cutting patterns. There are only so many ways to make a dress, and each generation of catwalk catastrophes veer further from practical. What the future will bring is impossible to imagine.
An arts degree is a natural stepping stone to waiting tables and other unskilled careers. 1 in 20 acting students go on to have careers in television, film or theater. Talent scouts now have YouTube, online agents, and televised talent shows to find the next sensation and since acting at a level where serious money can be made is limited to those with a natural ability, schools have very little to offer except debt and dated techniques.
A psychology degree lead to a job investigating how the human mind works, and why people do exactly what they do, but that job the students are working towards is rarely what they ‘d hoped. For a chance at a decent well-paid career, you’ll need to get a doctorate which takes 9 to 12 years. If not, you can be a counselor or social worker with slightly over minimum salary and day to day misery.
Journalism used to provide positions in media companies and broadcasting, but print publishing is already at the end of the road and social media has rendered news correspondent completely pointless. Online outsourcing has obliterated the need for content writers, copywriters, and editors, leaving a lot of graduates scrambling for very few job openings.
When you consider that many of the most successful and wealthy people didn’t even graduate, it begs the question, why would someone devote four six years to amount a quarter million in debt only to then get a job and spend another decade paying back student loans, while others are leaving high-school in pursuit of a dream, paying their dues for five to seven years in hardship, to then become hugely successful and independently wealthy.
If someone asked you what to do, what would you tell them?