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Study: Some degrees are worth more than others

SAN DIEGO - Slow economic recovery has made it difficult for recent college graduates to get jobs and a new Georgetown University study shows some degrees may be worth more than others.

Unemployment rates are higher for recent college graduates who major in non-technical fields like social science, humanities and the arts, according to the study.

It’s obvious by looking inside a classroom that art majors at San Diego State University take their work very seriously, but that might not be enough to get them employed.  

“A deep rooted passion for art has always been in me,” San Diego State University senior Elyse DiMelo said. “That led me to do the interior design major and the art history major. Combining those two is really what I want to do.”

DiMelo is like many other college seniors who studied what they love and now have to find a job.  Unfortunately, her major doesn’t get the response she likes.

“A lot of the reactions are that I’m just painting for fun, [that] it’s not anything serious, but I definitely take it seriously,” DiMelo said.

Students with more technical, job specific degrees have better luck.  The study found that recent healthcare and education majors have the most job opportunities when they graduate.

With a 13.9 percent unemployment rate, architecture majors were hit the hardest by the collapse of the housing market.

Even with the grim statistics, the study finds college graduates are in a much better position than people without bachelor degrees.

The unemployment rate for college graduates is 8.9 percent and there is a 22.9 percent unemployment rate for people who only have high school diplomas. There is a 31.5 percent unemployment rate for high school dropouts.

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