No shock to those of us who are out here hustling for work, PayScale reports that among the top majors for underemployed college graduates are Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts and English Literature. Here is that coverage.
The bad news for underemployed graduates of law school (JDs), a number of those are making their living (and not a good one) being paralegals. A letter had come into legal tabloid Abovethelaw.com from a JD who had applied for a paralegal job. He had been rejected. Of course, he was. Newbie BAs will do that kind of work, not expressing a peep of discontent. A JD will see reasons for dissatisfaction with the whole paralegal scene from the get-go.
So, what is the lesson in all this?
Maybe it could be this: If you get stuck with a lemon of a degree (as I was in the 1970s), keep experimenting on how to get into lines of work not directly related to the education. Before I landed in executive communications at Chevron I had been a Probation Officer, Medical Insurance Claims Trainer, Research Assistant for a Pennsylvania State Senator, and Media Representative for the University of Pittsburgh. All that paid peanuts but it rendered me confident about my ability to parachute into jobs clueness about how to do the tasks.