10 College Majors With The Highest Unemployment Rates [Infographic]

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In this era of high unemployment, many parents and students wonder which college degrees pay off -- and which don't.

A recent study by Georgetown University Center on Education looked at earnings and unemployment rates among recent and seasoned degree holders as well as those with graduate degrees and found dramatic differences, depending on their majors.

So which degrees ranked among the worst for recent grads looking for a job?

Jobless rates are typically highest among degree holders in non-technical fields, such as the arts (11.1 percent), humanities and liberal arts (9.4 percent), social sciences (8.9 percent) and law and public policy (8.1 percent), the study found.

In the wake of the recent burst in the real estate bubble, however, it's architecture that is one of the least attractive degrees to hold these days.

A whopping 13.9 percent of recent graduates with a degree in architecture are out of work, according to the study (via CNBC). And when they do find a job, the pay isn't stellar -- just $36,000 annually.

Georgetown, which pulled its data from 2009 and 2010 Census Bureau surveys, notes that graduates who majored in education, health care, business and professional services have experienced the most stable employment. But some degrees offer more opportunities than others.

Degree holders in health care and education, with an unemployment rate of 5.4 percent, are much more likely to land a job than graduates with degrees in computers and math, whose jobless rate is nearly 3 percentage points higher.

So which degrees are the least likely to guarantee a job in 2012? According to Georgetown, here are the bottom 10, based on unemployment rates for recent graduates, cited in the study.

10. Economics
Unemployment rate: 9.4 percent
Starting pay: $48,000
9. Area Ethnic and Civilization Studies
Unemployment rate: 10.1 percent
Starting pay: $35,000
8. History
Unemployment rate: 10.2 percent
Starting pay: $32,000
7. Anthropology
Unemployment rate: 10.5 percent
Starting pay: $28,000
6. Philosophy and Religious Studies
Unemployment rate: 10.8 percent
Starting pay: $30,000
5. Information Systems
Unemployment rate: 11.7 percent
Starting pay: $43,000
4. Commercial Art and Graphic Design
Unemployment rate: 11.8 percent
Starting pay: $32,000
3. Fine Arts
Unemployment rate: 12.6 percent
Starting pay: $30,000
2. Film, Video and Photographic Arts
Unemployment rate: 12.9 percent
Starting pay: $30,000
1. Architecture
Unemployment rate: 13.9 percent Starting pay: $36,000

For more on the college degrees that are least likely to land you a job interview, check out the infographic below from Best Degree Programs.





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