- Math, chemistry, history, music, and education are the most employable bachelor’s degrees in the United States.;
- Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio stand out as producing highly employable graduates;
- Students often have to choose between a secure degree that can secure immediate employment or a more risky degree with higher short-term earning prospects.
The most employable bachelor’s degree in the United States
A bachelor’s degree in mathematics gives students the best chance of getting a job right after graduation. Chemistry, history and music follow closely. That’s according to a new study that reveals the most employable bachelor’s degrees from US universities.
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Research, performed by writing software ProWritingAid, used the latest available data from the United States Department of Education, to assess a total of 1,048,576 bachelor’s degrees awarded in the United States between 2014 and 2019. It revealed that there are 341 fields of study in the States States who have a 100% employment rate in the first year after graduation. The top five most employable degrees are mostly concentrated in Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio, with 211, 186, and 173 degrees to choose from, respectively. The ranking is ordered by the number of degrees in each field of study that have a 100% employment rate in the first year after graduation.
Graduates of 732 math degrees get jobs in their first year after leaving college. Pennsylvania is the best state to study math, with 48 degrees to choose from, all with a 100% first-year employment rate after graduation. This is followed by New York, Ohio, California, and Illinois, all of which offer 42, 41, 33, and 28 100% usable math degrees, respectively.
The highest paid private college math graduates come from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Maryland. They earn a median salary of $70,019 immediately after leaving JHU and reach $101,777 in the third year after graduation. When it comes to alumni of public institutions, California Polytechnic State University’s San Luis Obispo campus produces the most employable and highest-paid graduates. Three years after leaving Cal Poly, they earn a median salary of $59,501.
There are 693 chemistry degrees in the United States that record a 100% employment rate within one year immediately after graduation. Similar to the top four states for math, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, and California lead the way for the most employable chemistry degrees, with 54, 52, 33, and 32 to choose from, respectively. Texas joins them with 32 other 100% employable chemistry degrees.
Unlike math, the highest paid chemistry graduates come from public universities, according to data from the US Department of Education. San Francisco State University alumni with bachelor’s degrees in chemistry reach a median salary of $60,594 three years after graduation. The University of Stockton in New Jersey, another public institution, is close behind, with annual earnings averaging $60,016 for its chemistry graduates three years after graduation.
Universities across the United States offer a total of 639 history degrees that students are all successfully employed in the first year after graduation. These are most common in Pennsylvania (47), Ohio (31), New York (29), North Carolina (29), Illinois (28), and Texas (28).
Among them, Rice University, a private institution, offers the highest earning prospects, with its alumni reaching a median salary of $61,295 three years after graduation. The Virginia Military Institute is the most competitive alternative among public universities, ultimately earning its history graduates $55,205 per year, on average.
ProWritingAid researchers found that music graduates from 636 universities in the United States have a 100% employment rate the year after graduation. Most of them are in Ohio (33), Texas (32), Pennsylvania (30), Illinois (29), and North Carolina (27).
Unlike other highly employable degrees, public universities take the lead in offering students the highest earning prospects three years after graduation, according to available US government data. Music graduates from Stephen F Austin State University have the highest recorded median salaries ($45,138). The next top opportunities come from West Texas A&M University, North Dakota State University (Main Campus), George Mason University, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin (Eau Claire), and Eastern Illinois University, whose alumni earn between 38 $928 and $43,827 within three years of graduation.
Teacher training and professional development – Specific areas
Based on the latest U.S. government data, the fifth most employable degree in the country is Teacher Education and Professional Development – Specific Fields. New York has the highest concentration of such degrees (39) out of a total of 599 across the United States that report a 100% employment rate within one year immediately after graduation. Ohio (36), Pennsylvania (32), Wisconsin (24) and Illinois (23) present the next best chances for employment in this field.
Nationally, New York University alumni studying Teacher Education and Professional Development – Specific Fields earn the most three years after graduation – $60,395. He is closely followed by students at CUNY Hunter College – a public university, whose average salaries were $55,597 during the same period.
However, the US Department of Education distinguishes between two types of teaching degrees, depending on whether they focus on subjects or specific levels and methods. If the two were to be combined, teaching would stand out as the most employable degree in the United States. This corresponds to the current shortage of teachers in the United States.
A ProWritingAid spokesperson commented on the results: “Looking at the overall ranking of the most employable degrees in the United States, we expected medical degrees to live up to their expectations, but we were very surprised to see legal and architecture degrees, for example, fall below. the first 100 positions. Only one in three graduates in fields related to law and architecture manage to get a job within their first year after graduation.
“Drawing a parallel between these results and another study conducted by ProWritingAid on earnings prospects, there appears to be a mismatch between employment chances and earning potential. More often than not, graduates have to choose between a degree course that gives them a better chance of getting a job immediately or a degree that, if it leads to a job, can bring them a good salary in a few years.
“One field of study that seems to balance employability and income prospects quite well is registered nursing, nursing administration, nursing research, and clinical nursing. Among them, 24 out of 471 degrees in the United States allow all their graduates to be employed within a year of graduation and can reach a salary of over $100,000 in just three years.
|#||Field of study||Degrees with 100% employment rate 1 year after graduation|
|5||Teacher education and professional development, specific areas||599|
|6||Teacher training and professional development, specific levels and methods||568|
|seven||Dramatic/Theatrical Arts and Scenography||545|
|8||Accounting and related services||536|
|9||English Language and Literature, General||515|
|ten||Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities||480|
|11||Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing||471|
|13||Fine Arts and Studio||456|
|14||Political science and government||451|
|17||Romance languages, literatures and linguistics||425|
|18||Paramedical professions of diagnosis, intervention and treatment||416|
|20||Business Administration, Management and Operations||406|
The study was conducted by ProWritingAid – an AI-powered writing assistant for students and professional writers.