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2018-07-23 09:59:52 AM  
Yes and no. I majored in Agribusiness Management and it did land me in the state's Department of Agriculture. It was only for part-time/seasonal jobs ranging from inspecting fruits and vegetables to clerical/administrative. My first permanent full-time job is at the state's Department of Transportation and it is part accounting/part administrative.

A lot of people actually get a good job in something other than what they went to school for. If you like what you do, isn't that what matters?
 
2018-07-23 10:12:32 AM  
Those aren't majors. Those are departments/colleges.
 
2018-07-23 10:23:43 AM  

This text is now purple: Those aren't majors. Those are departments/colleges.


I thought that was odd, too, and yet they did have the by-major granularity to discuss them in the biggest movers for each year.  Regardless, Industrial Engineering wasn't mentioned and Engineering in general fell off the chart after 1991.  Did I choose wisely?  Yes.
 
2018-07-23 10:33:47 AM  
How are they defining "Social Sciences"? I've always understood it to be a collection of disciplines all related to human society and behavior that typically include Psychology, Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, History, and certain fields in Geography and Economics. The article seems to treat it as a co-discipline with history and distinct from things like Psychology and Sociology.
 
2018-07-23 10:33:49 AM  
It was fine.

After taking several years to model myself after John "Bluto" Butarsky, my dean finally told me that I'd have to pick a major, so I got an undergraduate degree in economics.  I don't work in that field, but it's a catch all that I could parlay into being related to whatever I wanted.
 
2018-07-23 10:36:42 AM  
It took until 2014 to see the Biomedical angle? Geez.

/BS Biochemistry 1994
 
2018-07-23 10:42:09 AM  
This information didn't need to be a slide show or a deslided slide show. It needed to be a chart. Whar graf
 
2018-07-23 10:47:57 AM  
You can see the foreign languages dropping off more or less aligned with the end of the Cold War and the kids who had already committed to a major finishing it up a few years after.
 
2018-07-23 10:57:55 AM  
I'm an engineer, and I don't have a problem with either keeping a job or getting a new job when I have done my damage, completed my goals and am ready to move on.

It isn't exciting or glamorous though, and I will never have an impressive title, but I don't want that anyway, so I'm happy.  A Facebook extrovert may not find it rewarding though.
 
2018-07-23 11:03:46 AM  
Back in the Ice Age, when I was in college, one of my smartest friends had what I considered a great strategy.  He majored in Accounting.  For someone as smart as he was, it was ridiculously easy, and at the time, offered good prospects for a decent job.

The easiness of the curriculum meant that he had plenty of time to go after courses he found really interesting, so he loaded up on a bunch of Comp Sci (which worked well to enhance his employability), Astronomy, Physics, and wherever else his interests led him.

He's been pretty successful in life with that strategy.
 
2018-07-23 11:04:17 AM  
Business #1 every year, usually by 50%+ over the next highest entry.
Meanwhile, Education went from #2 to off the the chart

You can pretty much sum up what's wrong with America by those stats.
 
2018-07-23 11:04:34 AM  
I notice precision production must have a tiny number of selectees, because it's the top or the bottom mover in about half of the years, with wild enrollment % changes.
 
2018-07-23 11:22:24 AM  
Not until the past couple of years did biology or biological sciences make the list. And none of the harder sciences made the list (except engineering, a practical application of hard sciences). No wonder this country is experiencing researcher brain-drain.

/B.S. in Biology, M.S. in Entomology and have never had trouble finding a job in my field
 
2018-07-23 11:24:19 AM  
It's certainly helpful to have a different picture for each year.
 
2018-07-23 11:28:09 AM  
Started out pre-law - poly-sci then quickly switched to film after realizing I didn't want to be a lawyer. Since I write and produce TV commercials for a living, I'd say I did just fine.
 
2018-07-23 11:31:21 AM  
My philosophy major equipped me to ask the big questions in life, such as "How does table 8 want their steak cooked?" "Why did that biatch make a huge fuss about having a gluten free meal when she's drinking a farking beer?" and "What did I do to deserve working in a shiathole like this?"
 
2018-07-23 11:37:12 AM  
Mine (computer science) was listed as a big changer a couple of the years.

I'd say it was a wise choice for me.  Probably would've minored in Accounting if I had to do it again.

Since I paid in-state tuition at a state university it was probably one of the best programs in terms of bang for your buck.

CSB:
My professor once stopped lecturing suddenly and looked out the window at a bunch of theatre/dance majors that were outside on a nice day, practicing their dancing, while we were inside learning about compilers.  He said to the class "Look at all those people out there, they look very happy!  You all look pretty sad.  But do not worry, for soon you will graduate and get a good job and you will be happy for the rest of your life.  Those people will graduate and not find good jobs, and they will be very sad.  So.. I guess we should get back to being sad." and then  continued with his lecture.

/Calc 2 was hard.
//Everything else wasn't too bad, especially if you already know how to code.
///It was a bit of a party school for the majority of people who were business majors.
 
2018-07-23 11:46:31 AM  
I was well out of college by then and working as a computer programmer (day) and teacher (nights). The economy would periodically threaten ruin and students would flock to CS. Once the economy perked up, students would drop CS and go to something easier.

I was an English Lit major, meeself. Picked up CS on the side..
 
2018-07-23 11:46:50 AM  
The most popular major for football players is Communications.
 
2018-07-23 11:50:50 AM  
"Popular" means sh*t-all. Do what YOU want, not what the herd wants. Your work, your money, your life. You get only one of the last one. Use it well.
 
2018-07-23 11:53:32 AM  
Being a teacher used to be a well paid job with good benefits. As the pay and benefits have declined so have the number of people willing to do the job and that's reflected in the stats. Sad that our children are being taught by less and less competent people.
 
2018-07-23 12:07:40 PM  
I majored in Geology my freshman year and boy oh BOY was that a mistake.  I thought Geology was a cool science but the weeding out class, which weeded me out, required memorizing a few thousand fossilized critters and I've never been good at rote memorization.  Phylum, species, class, where the critter lived, did it live on land?  If so did it live on the ground, in tress, did it fly?  If it lives in the water did it stay at the top of the water?  The middle?  The bottom?

Fark that noise, changed my major to CS and I took to that like a duck to water.
 
2018-07-23 12:14:06 PM  
I should have skipped college and gone trade school.
 
2018-07-23 12:23:33 PM  
Social work.  Eh, I got a job in my field before I graduated and I'm always employable.  I can't say that I'd do it again if I had the opportunity to do it over though.  I have never wanted to work in mental health and that is where all of the jobs are pushing people today.  My 3 year old wants to "grow big enough to help turn the power back on after a storm" and that sounds pretty cool to me.
 
2018-07-23 12:28:13 PM  
majored in latin, minored in anthroplogy, have spent my career in those fields, have never been unemployed, and make a nice income.
 
2018-07-23 12:40:56 PM  
Social Sciences (Sociology) major here.  I think I picked correctly.

I had a background in radio and marketing, so I went to Sociology with a focus in Community Development and Public Relations.
My wife, Sociology with a focus in Social Work and Mental Health. She starts her Master's program in August.
Her friend, Sociology with a focus in Gerontological Studies.
Her friend's brother, Sociology with a focus in Social Research and Grant Writing.

Pretty flexible degree, actually.
 
2018-07-23 12:51:26 PM  
Didn't see paleontology show up as an option there.... go figure. I love what I do, and I love that I get paid to do it. With that said, the attrition rate is astronomical within the field because there aren't any jobs and everyone starts off by thinking that loving dinosaurs is all they'll need to get them through. I'm one of the lucky ones who squeezed through all the bottlenecks.


NotThatGuyAgain: I thought Geology was a cool science but the weeding out class, which weeded me out, required memorizing a few thousand fossilized critters and I've never been good at rote memorization.  Phylum, species, class, where the critter lived, did it live on land?  If so did it live on the ground, in tress, did it fly?  If it lives in the water did it stay at the top of the water?  The middle?  The bottom?

Fark that noise, changed my major to CS and I took to that like a duck to water.


Obviously, it's not for everyone!
 
2018-07-23 12:55:13 PM  
History for me.  I think I'll end up spending my retirement volunteering at museums.  What I did get in college was some outstanding research skills.  I can find information accurately and quickly and it's proven to be invaluable in my career in computer support.

Not that my writing on Fark is as focused, but I did take technical writing to meet an English credit requirement for graduation and that has helped career wise.  My user base currently is a bunch of architects and engineers (mostly engineers) and they don't communicate well.  I don't know if tech writing is required many places for STEM majors currently but it damn well should be because it definitely hurts for the folks who didn't have anything of the sort.
 
2018-07-23 01:16:54 PM  

akya: My professor once stopped lecturing suddenly and looked out the window at a bunch of theatre/dance majors that were outside on a nice day, practicing their dancing, while we were inside learning about compilers.  He said to the class "Look at all those people out there, they look very happy!  You all look pretty sad.  But do not worry, for soon you will graduate and get a good job and you will be happy for the rest of your life.  Those people will graduate and not find good jobs, and they will be very sad.  So.. I guess we should get back to being sad." and then  continued with his lecture.


Huh.  One of my professors (Fraud Examination) said pretty much the exact same thing about a bunch of students playing frisbee on the commons during one of my summer courses.
 
2018-07-23 01:22:09 PM  
Started out as a CS major, found that I didn't have right temperament for writing code so I shifted to Math with an emphasis in CS to get credit for the classes I took.  I've always had an aptitude for math so it made sense, and I enjoyed just about all of my math classes.

I'm also a very logical left-brained person so technical support has worked out well for me.
 
rka
2018-07-23 01:23:59 PM  
Poli-Sci and History. Never once used it. Immediately got into the computer field with a company looking for people they could train (no need for a CS degree or whatnot). Have spent my entire career with some of the big IT systems companies like Sun Microsystems with a brief toe dip into a storage startup here in Front Range area.

Worked out pretty good actually.
 
2018-07-23 01:27:17 PM  
Thank God "Psychology" is consistently in the top 5.
 
2018-07-23 01:33:41 PM  

rka: Poli-Sci and History. Never once used it. Immediately got into the computer field with a company looking for people they could train (no need for a CS degree or whatnot). Have spent my entire career with some of the big IT systems companies like Sun Microsystems with a brief toe dip into a storage startup here in Front Range area.

Worked out pretty good actually.


There seem to be a few people I know with similar stories including myself.
 
2018-07-23 01:35:27 PM  

Myk-House of El: History for me.  I think I'll end up spending my retirement volunteering at museums.  What I did get in college was some outstanding research skills.  I can find information accurately and quickly and it's proven to be invaluable in my career in computer support.


Hey, look! you're my Fark twin! BA in American History, concentration in Environmental History. I'm currently employed as a Tier 2/ Tier 3 Network Engineer and Cloud Services Onboarding Coordinator.
 
2018-07-23 01:43:12 PM  
That's funny. I majored in CS, which was "Biggest Mover" a whole bunch of times, often by large margins, but it never actually landed in the top five.

Wise choice for me, though.
 
2018-07-23 01:49:39 PM  

akya: Mine (computer science) was listed as a big changer a couple of the years.

I'd say it was a wise choice for me.  Probably would've minored in Accounting if I had to do it again.

Since I paid in-state tuition at a state university it was probably one of the best programs in terms of bang for your buck.

CSB:
My professor once stopped lecturing suddenly and looked out the window at a bunch of theatre/dance majors that were outside on a nice day, practicing their dancing, while we were inside learning about compilers.  He said to the class "Look at all those people out there, they look very happy!  You all look pretty sad.  But do not worry, for soon you will graduate and get a good job and you will be happy for the rest of your life.  Those people will graduate and not find good jobs, and they will be very sad.  So.. I guess we should get back to being sad." and then  continued with his lecture.

/Calc 2 was hard.
//Everything else wasn't too bad, especially if you already know how to code.
///It was a bit of a party school for the majority of people who were business majors.


Your professor is an asshole.

/two different arts degrees
//quite gainfully employed.
///people who shiattalk art shouldn't get any art in their lives.
 
2018-07-23 02:00:20 PM  
History.

A good history program will teach you how to analyze information and write cogently and succinctly.

A bad one will teach you about some stuff that happened a while ago.

I had an excellent program.

The CIA recruited me pretty heavily, but I chose a career in game design (writing a lot of design documents for CIS majors who, on the whole, can't write for crap).

Government work would've been much more stable, but I had a good run.
 
2018-07-23 02:17:01 PM  

mentula: majored in latin, minored in anthroplogy, have spent my career in those fields, have never been unemployed, and make a nice income.


I see you didn't major in English
 
2018-07-23 02:20:01 PM  
Electrical Engineering. I went from 'not computer science' freshman year to crytography and microwave communication by the time I graduated. Then, decided i really didn't want to go that direction after graduation. I took a gig in 3-phase overcurrent protection, thinking it would be temporary.  20 years later i am a licensed PE with the title of 'Senior Engineer'. I have more or less complete autonomy in what I do, and where i get my work done.

/posted from my living room. Ill get back into working on my project soon.
 
2018-07-23 02:30:41 PM  

neapoi: Your professor is an asshole.

/two different arts degrees
//quite gainfully employed.
///people who shiattalk art shouldn't get any art in their lives.


In uni our Science Student Counsel sold shirts with this equation on it for over 10 years before someone figured it out and complained:

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/Seriously, they were sold from the early 80s until the mid 90s without a complaint and they were very popular with science students and were worn all over campus.
 
2018-07-23 02:41:20 PM  

Tyrosine: neapoi: Your professor is an asshole.

/two different arts degrees
//quite gainfully employed.
///people who shiattalk art shouldn't get any art in their lives.

In uni our Science Student Counsel sold shirts with this equation on it for over 10 years before someone figured it out and complained:

[i.imgur.com image 296x264]
/Seriously, they were sold from the early 80s until the mid 90s without a complaint and they were very popular with science students and were worn all over campus.


That was the only part of Calculus I hated.
 
2018-07-23 02:42:58 PM  

Tyrosine: neapoi: Your professor is an asshole.

/two different arts degrees
//quite gainfully employed.
///people who shiattalk art shouldn't get any art in their lives.

In uni our Science Student Counsel sold shirts with this equation on it for over 10 years before someone figured it out and complained:

[i.imgur.com image 296x264]
/Seriously, they were sold from the early 80s until the mid 90s without a complaint and they were very popular with science students and were worn all over campus.


Cool story: I actually don't have any BA's. I have a double BM and a MM
 
2018-07-23 03:30:59 PM  
Librarian here
See those big drops? we were reinventing ourselves then
I had a choice when I graduated between a number of choices including
Masters Library Science
Masters Library, Information Studies
Masters Information Studies

Here is the latest descriptor from my Alma Mater
(Fark does not like the url here is a search )
Top choice
https://www.google.com/search?q=fsu+l​i​brary+school&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=​firefox-b-1

https://ischool.cci.fsu.edu/
 
2018-07-23 04:11:39 PM  

This text is now purple: mentula: majored in latin, minored in anthroplogy, have spent my career in those fields, have never been unemployed, and make a nice income.

I see you didn't major in English


sum rex romanus et super grammaticam.
 
2018-07-23 05:08:42 PM  
Interesting. The year I entered college my major was Pre-Med. I see that "Health professions" wasn't in the top 5 until 2 years later. If I could go back, I'd have stayed in that path because I'd be ahead of the boom. Or maybe I wouldn't because two years after getting licensed there would be a huge influx of people taking my job.
 
2018-07-23 05:42:00 PM  
That was the least interesting greenlit link ever.  Business, Education, Social.... Social passes Education.  Wow.  Fascinating.
 
2018-07-23 07:13:43 PM  

englaja: My philosophy major equipped me to ask the big questions in life, such as "How does table 8 want their steak cooked?" "Why did that biatch make a huge fuss about having a gluten free meal when she's drinking a farking beer?" and "What did I do to deserve working in a shiathole like this?"


I majored in philosophy with all the enthusiasm of a previously-undeclared  student who'd just been offered tickets to a free dinner-and-a-show of Life of Brianif I declared a philosophy major.

I think I had some vague idea about going to law school. Now I'm an underemployed English literature PhD.
 
2018-07-23 07:43:09 PM  
i picked my major because of a semi interest and a bit of research on future trends and a professional publication an inch thick with job postings with adverts full of 2 - 10 K sign on bonuses.

2 years after i got my bachelors degree my profession went to  minimum masters level and soon after that most programs are doctorate level, ................with no real increase in salaries.    talk about barriers to entry.

graduated with 14 K in student loans that i paid off in 2 years.   i dont do much right, but, good on me for that brief period of sanity and enthusiasm and productivity.

/health related.
 
2018-07-23 08:56:55 PM  

wiseolddude: The most popular major for football players is Communications.


I love the beginning of college football season when you discover what the new easy majors are after everyone has figured out what a shameful joke "sociology, communications, sports management" etc are
 
2018-07-23 08:58:35 PM  

wax_on: Being a teacher used to be a well paid job with good benefits. As the pay and benefits have declined so have the number of people willing to do the job and that's reflected in the stats. Sad that our children are being taught by less and less competent people.


Yes, I remember the old phrase "we'll all be rich! Rich as teachers!" It was well known back in the day.
 
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