You need a college degree or some type of formal training to get a good job. Most high-paying, high-skilled careers require an apprenticeship, college certificate or 2-year or 4-year degree to start.
A college degree or certification is a minimum requirement for most well-paying jobs, especially office jobs. Forbes found research that says says 62% of recent college graduates are working in jobs that require a degree. Only 27% of college graduates are working in a job related to their major.
What you college major is matters for some careers — health care, architecture, engineering — but what you studied is not the most important thing to employers. They want to know that you graduated college, and that you have the skills and the interest in the job you are applying for. Of course, the main way people gain skills for work is by majoring in a program related to their chosen career.
You also gain skills employers want through other activities in college. Employers want to hire candidates who have done internships or work-study jobs where they’ve gained professional skills. They also look for candidates with experience in student organizations, volunteer activities and leadership roles. You can find these experiences at college and in your community.
Student activities help build your Professional Community. Your college major might not help you get a job, but your college friends and instructors might. In today’s job market, who you know is as important as what you know or what you can do. Going to college is an opportunity to expand your network and make connections with those who can help you advance your career.
So, does what you major in matter?
It depends on what career you plan to go into. When choosing your college, also research what type of degree to get (Associates, Bachelors) and which majors or programs will help you prepare for your chosen career. Some careers such as Social Work and Education require a Master’s degree and a license for entry-level positions.
Know what is expected of you when applying for entry-level positions in your chosen career.