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College Majors Handbook with Real Career Paths and Payoffs: The Actual Jobs, Earnings, and Trends for Graduates of 60 College Majors [Kindle Edition]

Neeta P. Fogg , Michael Farr
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Book Description

* Presents the actual jobs and earnings of college graduates in 60 majors!

* The ONLY book based on a U.S. Census Bureau study of 150,000 college graduates.

This terrific handbook offers the most accurate and helpful information available for making decisions on a college major—or what to do with a degree you have. Readers learn which majors are the best investment, the job and salary prospects for specific majors, the employment growth rates for particular majors, and how many graduates go on to additional education.

The new second edition includes substantial new information, including the important steps to take before college to ensure future career success, the rising earnings premiums related to a college education, and the misinformation that exists about college costs and the belief that the "sticker price" of college is the final price. Each chapter describes the major and the courses it requires; discusses jobs that graduates actually obtain; and gives information on employers, tasks, and salaries.

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...a well-researched and clearly written volume. -- American Reference Books Annual

About the Author

All are coauthors and authors of other books and assessments and the winners of many distinguished awards and recognitions. Tom Harrington is a frequent speaker at regional, national, and international career development conferences. Neeta Fogg and Paul Harrington often speak on youth-related labor market issues to a variety of workforce and education-related audiences.

Product Details

  • File Size: 6454 KB
  • Print Length: 645 pages
  • Publisher: Jist Works; 2 edition (May 31, 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0020MM9CS
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars College Majors Handbook April 20, 2008
This is a wonderful resource for the "decided" as well as the "undecided" college student or prospective student. Explore your area of interest before you declare a major. The book very clearly addresses on-the-job responsibilities commonly faced by persons pursuing the field, types of jobs available and percentages of majors working in each type of job, salary information and more. It was very helpful to my daughter who knew she was interested in math and/or science but did not know what she wanted to DO. I highly recommend this resource to anyone who is considering college and/or job force change.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars College Majors Handbook September 30, 2007
This handbook has not yet been updated; however, its principles are still
pertinent. The author urges us to understand and know our abilities
artistically, intellectually, spatially, in language, ability to lead,
numerical, organization skills, science, pursuasiveness and socially.

The texts shows sample earnings by knowledge acquired. i.e.
high school, college and graduate school
The difference in earnings can be significant between high school and
graduate school. i.e. well over $1MM dollars in lifetime earnings
Men tend toward business and engineering careers; whereas, women major
in education and the social sciences. Applied mathematicians are
employed by private industry circa 69%; whereas, 9% are self-employed.
Physical therapists are employed by the private sector circa 38% and
11% are self-employed.

This work would be helpful in planning a career over a long term
time horizon. It is worth the price charged for the significant value
of the information contained therein.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent May 14, 2008
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Excellent reference book for career choices. It has tons of infomation on how various college majors translate into real jobs, and what the expected financial rewards will likely be. This book also discusses what abilities and interests are best suited to each major - very helpful when deciding what path to take.
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