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Top 10 Undergraduate Majors

Princeton Review’s annual survey of all things collegiate includes a list of the top ten majors for today’s college students. This list does not factor in the value of a degree in any of these fields, either in starting salary range or the availability of jobs in the field. But it provides a glimpse at what college undergrads today most often opt for as an academic specialty.

The top ten majors today:

  • Psychology: leads to far more counseling opportunities than were available a decade ago. Work in social services, addiction counseling and children’s services have become big career centers.
  • Nursing: nursing students today recognize the need for a bachelors’ in nursing for overall career progression.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences: this collection of undergraduate majors includes pre-med students, those with biotech interests, and often students who are interested in environmental careers.
  • Education: teaching is still a major career track and one that suffers chronic personnel shortages.
  • English Language and Literature: include the students with journalism or online content contribution interests and you’ve got an assortment of career options.
  • Economics: another business career choice, one that can quickly lead to financial analysis jobs.
  • Communications Studies/Speech Communications/Rhetoric: the coursework usually includes mass communications such as film/broadcast/internet, but they also cover anthropology, political science and psychology.
  • Political Science/Government: The closer this course of study gets to government and public management, the closer it gets to a real job classification.

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