Discussion of Article "Should a College Student Pick a Major Based on Possible Future Salaries?" by Douglas Belkin

Discussion of Article "Should a College Student Pick a Major Based on Possible Future Salaries?" by Douglas Belkin

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Wall Street Journal editorial
A recent Journal article by Douglas Belkin entitled “Should a College Student Pick a Major Based on Possible Future Salaries?” raised the question of whether the common advice to ‘follow your passion’ is really feasible in today’s economy, given mounting student debt and poorer job prospects for recent graduates. Also, the fact that some companies do need to hire more workers but cannot because of critical skills deficits in some areas (particularly the sciences) indicates that different criteria should be used by future graduates when selecting college majors. Although Carol Geary Schneider, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities is quoted in the article as saying that a college major is just a small part of the picture of a graduate presents to a prospective employer, there can be no doubt that some majors like electrical engineering are more likely to result in job offers than other majors (like psychology).
The idea that you should not follow your passion is anathema to many young Americans. President Obama recently re...

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