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  • Jacob Patterson

Most regretted college majors



Many students head into university not knowing exactly what they want to study. In fact, about 75% of all college students report having changed their major. Some figure out what they want to do after a few years of studies, but others end up regretting what they majored in after graduation.


Here are the most regretted college majors according to a recent ZipRecruiter survey:




** Share of graduates who would choose a different major if they could


With the average cost of a 4-year degree costing about $100,000 in 2022, it’s important that students consider what they are interested in ahead of time. Job shadowing and internships are great ways for students to learn what a job is like day-to-day and to see if it’s a good fit for their personality. Making the wrong decision in college can lead to decades of debt, especially if the degree’s tenants aren’t in demand and the skills aren’t transferable to other career paths.


Here is a list of the least-regretted majors, many of which fall under the umbrella of STEM or business:



Finally, I'd like to point out the correlation between the average pay for both groups of most-regretted, and least regretted majors. The average pay for the regret-free majors are significantly higher than the average pay for the most regretted college majors. Could that play a part in the regret? Maybe. Check out this website to compare lifetime earnings by major.


Written by: Jacob Patterson

November 14th, 2022


Sources:

  1. https://www.hamiltonproject.org/charts/career_earnings_by_college_major/

  2. https://educationdata.org/average-cost-of-college

  3. https://www.ziprecruiter.com/blog/regret-free-college-majors/

  4. https://www.bridgeport.edu/news/tips-for-college-freshmen-and-undecided-students/



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