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Follow the money (?)


We’re in a recession, even in slow-burn South Texas, and some college majors are faring better than others in that post-graduation job hunt. So which degrees are in high demand even when we’re not in high cotton? 

Health Care. Margaret Garcia, associate director of public relations at the University of the Incarnate Word, said the school has been pushing “nursing, pre-pharmacy, and vision science ... More education puts you a notch above other people.” 

Education. “Our students always have job offers before they have graduated and that has not changed,” says Janet Dizinno, dean of the School of Humanities at St. Mary’s University. “We always need teachers, so while there will never be anything that will be recession-proof, education is the closest.” 

Information Technology. “Most of the technical majors are going to be good,” says Brian Hirsch, director of career services at Trinity University. “There is still a fair amount of demand for `computer science and engineering`.” 

Accounting and Economics. “You have a demand out there for people that have analytical capabilities, and one of the perks of being an economics major is that there’s a big communication component to that because it falls under the humanities,” said Hirsch. “And accounting, believe it or not, is a labor-intensive field, so it requires a lot of people to do the work.”  

If these majors don’t appeal to you, though, don’t sign up just for the stability.

“That’s a formula for long-term disappointment,” said Hirsch. “The problem is that you may go into something that looks good and it might be easier to get a job, but you hate it. I’d rather there be more work on the front end, and go for a major that you want and like.”

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