Obviously the current job market isn’t looking so hot for anyone right now. Most of us don’t have a trust fund to fall back on, and the state of our economy makes attending grad school a distant dream for so many of us. With the pressure to land an entry-level position armed only with perseverance, savvy, and Bachelor’s degree in hand, the importance of choosing the right college major is more crucial now than ever before.
In a recent article, Newsweek names the nine majors that lead to the “best” jobs. The list includes majors along the lines of finance and information systems – things that have always been regarded as boring safe and prestigious. I have to say, though, that the value of a career can’t be summed up by the median starting salary. Sure, some people are actually passionate about construction management (hey, we don’t judge) and if you are, then of course this is the perfect major for you. But for those of us who prefer to pursue skills that are slightly less mainstream (or that won’t make you want to bludgeon yourself with a calculator during your third all-nighter in a week), I say “why not?”
Throughout college, I remember seeing my peers who chose to major in things like biology struggle to stay awake during their work days while my Communications major (obviously not the most conventional) allowed me to spend the days of my internship interviewing high profile celebs at a major magazine. Win!
With that being said, we say “suck it, high paying jobs!” and have compiled 5 majors that put you on the path to career awesomeness.
1. Floristry: Cuyamana College in California offers this program. Essentially a combination of botany and art, this major exists within the Ornamental Horticulture department. Students pursue their Associate of Science degree by learning everything from planting flowers to designing wedding arrangements. (Side note: where can I find a program that teaches me to devour…err…create Edible Arrangements? If someone can find me one, I’m THERE.)
2. Arts and Entertainment Management: Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts and Design is just one of the places where you can find this exciting major. At Drexel students can choose a specialized concentration. Depending on this and an individual student’s skills and interests, graduates can go on to become agents, managers, artistic/creative directors, and more.
3. Viticulture and Enology: Think an Ivy League education and alcohol are mutually exclusive? Then you obviously haven’t heard of Cornell’s program. Viticulture and Enology is basically just a fancy term for the study of wine. Students within this major take courses that promise to make them experts on all things related to vino. I have to warn you, though – if you’re caught slappin’ a bag of Franzia with your dorm mates, you might get booted from the program.
4. Cartooning: It’s not exactly a college major, but this program is seriously cool. For students who can’t see themselves in a traditional university setting but would still like to develop their skills after high school, The Center For Cartoon Studies is a god send. One and two year certificates are offered, as is a Master’s program. An education is Cartooning teaches all the essentials of the craft: from storytelling to drawing. This institution, located in Vermont, promises to create master cartoonists, qualified to work at a variety of major media sources.
5. Film and TV Costume Design: FIDM offers this course, which not only teaches the fundamentals of design, but also includes plenty of info on how to navigate the industry and deal with other professionals. Who knows? If you’re a fashionista in the making, this may be the very thing that could turn you into the next Patricia Fields (the super successful costume designer for Sex And The City.) I mean, how much fun would it be to dress Blair Waldorf week after week? This is one program that could definitely lead to an exciting career.
Of course, if you really want to have a fun career, there’s always Michigan….